Do you have any idea how many things start with the letter B?
Borrow my daughter for an hour and you'll find out.
Alli is still absolutely enamored with the sound "Ba." Sometimes it comes out with gusto, "BAAAA!" Other times it sounds like an instinct, muttered repeatedly to herself as she inspects something, "Bababababa." And sometimes it just escapes her mouth in pure exasperation, "Buh."
To help her understand that sounds are associated with words and objects, I started looking for things that start with "B" when she goes on her "Ba" tirades.
"Yes. Ba, ba, ball."
"Buh, buh, blue. ... Blue ball." (Followed by a silent chuckle. Because I'm so mature.)
"Buh, buh, blanket."
"Buh, buh, bear. ... Ball. Blue. Blanket. Bear."
"Lets go downstairs and have some BUH-nanas."
"Or maybe some berries. Would you like some BUH, berries?"
(Alli starts opening and closing her fist.)
"YES! Bye, bye bear! We're goin' to get some BUH-nanas! ... We'll be BUH-back soon!"
"Um. BUH-banister. Right here on the staircase. See? BUH-banister."
"Yep. BUH-blue shirt. See mommy's BUH-lue shirt?"
"BAAAAAAAA! BA! BA! BA! BA! BA!"
"How about I'm BUH-breakin' my BUH-back to keep muttering BUH sounds. Can we try "Ma"? As in, 'You're MA-making Mommy a crazy person?' "
"Alright. We'll get some BUH-breakfast. But then you're getting a BUH nap and Mommy's going to read her BUH-book and try not to over enunciate all of the words that start with the letter B."