Starting at about two months, babies begin simple cooing and babbling. In between gurgles and drool, it’s as if all of a sudden, baby has something to say besides “waah!” – and it’s a wonderful time for new parents. A cooing, babbling baby is telling you that she is ready to begin communicating with those around her, in her own adorable way.
Babble Away, Baby!
Help encourage baby to coo and babble to her heart’s content – and engage in important social and language development – by trying these fun ways to interact with your babbling baby!
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Talk to baby throughout the day
At about 6 months, baby’s babbles go from cooing and gooing to syllables such as ma, ba, and da. Recent research suggests this is because babies actually engage in lip-reading; they’re not just staring at your face – they’re actually watching the way your lips move to produce different sounds! Baby learns how to talk by watching and listening to you.
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While talking to baby helps him learn how to create and form similar sounds, reading to baby actually helps build his cognitive comprehension of the world around him. By reading to baby, experts say, you’re helping to teach him to associate physical objects with pictures: “making the cognitive link between 2D and 3D.”
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Sing to baby
Believe it or not, all those silly sing-song nursery rhymes can have a profound impact on baby’s language development. It doesn’t matter if you can carry a tune or not: the act of presenting language in a manner other than speaking can help boost baby’s brain power.
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Take the guesswork out of baby’s babbles by teaching your little one some simple baby signs. According to research from the National Institutes of Health, babies who were taught signs showed more advanced language skills than their non-signing peers.
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While you think you can’t wait until baby starts saying his or her first words, there’s something truly magical about the cooing and babbling phase of infancy. Make sure you capture these special oohs and ahhs on film while you still can! Besides… they’ll be fun to play for baby’s first prom date years and years from now!
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