Some children naturally learn to enunciate their words seemingly without much effort, while others need a little nudge in the direction of proper speech. The “B” sound is one of the first sounds that your child will make, according to KidsHealth. Playing games, focused learning and plenty of encouragement are all important in teaching your child to pronounce “B” well.
Repetition is an excellent way to help your toddler practice the “B” sound. Saying things three times in a row feels more like a game than work, so encourage your toddler or preschooler to repeat after you. Say, “ba, ba, ba” or “boo, boo, boo.” Try putting your finger to your lips while saying the letter “B” sound to draw your child’s attention to the idea that he needs closed lips to say it properly.
Act It out
Many animals have “B” names or make “B” sounds that your tot will like to practice. Run around the room with outstretched arms and say, “Buzzzz” while flying like bees, or crawl around on all fours while saying, “Baaaa” like little sheep. Push along a toy boat, and say, “B, B, B” or bounce a ball back and forth while singing, “ball, ball, ball” together.
Let your child feel your vocal chords while you make the “B” sound. Say, “Do you feel how Mommy’s throat vibrates? Let’s see if yours does it, too!” and then have your child make the sound while feeling his own throat. The “B” sound is a quick sound, so try to demonstrate that with a quick slap to a table, clap or stomp. Say, “B, B, B” while you stomp around the house together.
Speech is learned over time, so correct your child’s “B’s” naturally in conversation. If she says, “I want that fwoat,” then say, “You want the boat? Great, let’s play with the boat,” while emphasizing the “B” sound in the word. It’s unnecessary to make her repeat the word every time. Sound games, like peek-a-boo, and reading books with plenty of “B” words, give your tot the opportunity to correctly hear the word without feeling like she’s being corrected.