Getting Your Toddler to Say the “P”, “B” and “M” Sounds

If your toddler has difficulty producing Ps, Bs, or Ms, otherwise known as bilabials please scroll down to read some tips and see my recommended books that are loaded with these sounds.

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I have personally selected these books because they are enjoyable to read and also contain multiple opportunities to bombard your child with specific sounds.

Tips on how to elicit these sounds are also provided…keep scrolling, please 🙂 

The “P” Sound

The “p” sound is made by bringing both lips together and pushing the sound out in a sudden manner (speech therapists refer to the “p” sound as a voiceless plosive bilabial).

Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss

Peek-A Who? by Nina Laden

                                       Getting Toddler to Say P Sound REVISED

Peek-a-Moo! (Lift-the-flap Books) by Marie Torres Cimarusit

Pigs in Pajamas by Maggie Smith

This book should should also be on my list of favorite Alliteration Books but is not. Shall add in soon!

That’s Not My Puppy (Usborne Touchy-Feely Board Books)by Fiona Watt

Max’s Potty by Harriet Ziefert

The “B” Sound

The “b” sound is made by bringing both lips together and pushing the sound out in a sudden manner. The difference between the “p” and “b” sound is that we use voice when we say it. This means that our vocal folds vibrate and buzz like a bee 🙂 (Speech therapists refer to the “b” sound as a voiced plosive bilabial).

Baby Beluga (Raffi Songs to Read)

For more tips on how to use this book to promote your toddler’s language development, please read my post, Baby Beluga: A Book & Song to Improve Your Toddler’s Language.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do You See by Bill Martin and Eric Carle

For more tips on how to use this book to develop your toddler’s language, please see my post:

How to Use Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See to Get Your Toddler Talking.

Belly Button Book by Sandra Boynton

                           Getting Toddler to Say B Sound

Down by the Bay  by Nadine Bernard Westcott and Raffi

Jamberry by Bruce Degan

Learning to Read is a Ball by Kimberly Scanlon

This book is also included on my list of books, Rhyming Books that Will Make You Laugh.

Where Is Baby’s Belly Button? by Karen Katz

The Wheels on the Bus (A Glittery Nursery Rhyme Book) by Jenny Tulip

The “M” Sound

The “m” sound is also made by bringing both lips together BUT it’s not suddenly pushed out from our lips. There is a nasal component to it. The air travels up through our nose. So, the nose buzzes like a bee. Lips do too.

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney

             Getting Toddler to Say M Sound REVISED 8:26

Where is Baby’s Mommy?by Karen Katz

Where’s My Mommy? by Sarah Smith

Tips for Eliciting P, B, and M Sounds

  • Sit directly opposite your child so he or she can see your face
  • Encourage your child to watch you say /p, b, m/ by placing your fingers flat to your lips while you are saying the sounds (Speech therapists who are trained in PROMPT like myself, use different tactile prompting methods.)
  • Start with baby steps. Have your child say and master production of syllables like, “pa”, “ba” or “ma” before expecting him or her to say words like pop, bob, or mop.
  • Apply a small amount of flavored chapstick to reinforce pressing of the tips together
  • Place a cotton ball or tissue on a flat surface and have your child watch you press your lips together and then release a burst of air to produce /p/ or /b/ as you make the item move across the surface. Encourage the child to do the same. This only works for the bilabials /p and b/. Note – you will see move movement with production of /p/ vs /b/.  This is because /b/ is a voiced sound.
  • Hum a little and have your child feel the vibrations on your lips and cheeks. Have your child do the same. This only works for bilabial /m/.
  • If your child is still having difficulty with producing these sounds seek the expertise of an experienced speech language pathologist.

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Kimberly Scanlon, M.A. CCC-SLP is a speech language pathologist, an author and a mother. As the owner of Scanlon Speech Therapy, LLC, a unique boutique practice in Bergen County, Kimberly embraces individuality and treats the whole person. Her goal is to spread compassion, hope, and some speech, language and literacy tips one moment, one person at a time.  Her first book, My Toddler Talks: Strategies and Activities to Promote Your Child’s Language Development and her second book, Learning to Read is a Ball are available for purchase at online at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

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