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Baby talking: Communicating with your bundle of joy

Baby talking: Communicating with your bundle of joy
August 01
11:19 2014

Baby talking: Communicating with your bundle of joy

Listening “moma” or ‘dada” from the new born is every parent’s dream. They wait eagerly for the day when their little angel will speak his or her first words and that too especially ma and papa. Generally, it is seen that parents are so keen or eager to listen to their kids that only in few months they start worrying about development of their infants. However, every kid takes his or her time to communicate. Some kids start talking even before they complete 1 year, while some take more time. Therefore, it completely varies from kid to kid. Although, your baby won’t say much during his/her first year of life, at least not something that you can completely understand, his/her language skills begin to develop the minute he or she is born.

Baby’s are able to communicate from the moment they arrive, though not verbally, but through crying in early months. A baby’s first form of communication is crying. Babies cry when they are hungry, tired or uncomfortable. From around three months, your baby may start to babble and can also make sounds when you talk to him/her. He/she may start to recognize his/her name, and even respond when you say it from distance. In general, a baby starts speaking words that are easier to pronounce such as “ma” or “pa”.

1 Month:

Crying may not sound conversational, but it is newborn’s way to communicate. Crying also primes your baby for real language by increasing the same neural paths in the brain that are used for speech. It is a good workout, You can reply by saying something soothing. But consulting your doctor is highly recommended when your baby cries a lot and you find it hard to establish the reason.

2-5 months:

During this time period, they tend to focus on particular sounds like vowels, squeals or growls. They create cute airy sounds, which are easy to say. This also helps them use their lips and tongues. This also assists then in learning to control vocal tone and volume.

5-7 months:

Generally, when a baby is 5-7 months they start to add consonants in their speech. This means they are now able to produce a full range of sounds which is a main language milestone. Consonants are harder to produce, as they need interaction between the lips and tongue. To help them learn more, narrate the sights you see when going out.

7-9 months:

During this time generally, kids imitate sounds they hear. Once your baby starts babbling in different syllables, understanding what they mean can be difficult to tell. But consider it a higher stage of their development as they will soon try to put their words together to make real sense. Try to talk more and more with your baby, so that he or she can learn new words.

9-12 months:

Speaking just the right sounds requires practice, so during this time, your baby will make combos that show real objects. Try to understand what they mean to establish an effective communication channel, but don’t emphasize on pronunciations.

12-17 months:

From around first birthday, your toddler may begin to use words and know their meaning. Your toddler’s first words could be a variation of “papa” or “mummaa”. By around 15 months, your toddler can raise his or her voice at the end of the sentence; can make hand gestures to emphasize what he or she is saying. Your toddler may be able to understand and follow routine or simple instructions such as “come here”, “bring that” etc.

18-24 months:

By 18 months your child may use between 6 and 20 simple words. By two, he or she may be using 50 or more single words. Your toddler may be able to put two words together, making basic sentences. He or she will chatter to himself or herself while playing. Kids also try to sing nursery rhymes when you sing rhymes to them. Every toddler learns different sounds at different stages.

25-36 months:

Between the ages of two and three, your kid’s vocabulary will rise to about 300 words. They start to get the grips on pronouns like ‘I’ ‘me’ and ‘you’. They also start using the word “no” a lot. They also keep asking questions like “what”, “where” and “who”. Being patient with your kids is very important when their questions suddenly increase. Questions only indicate that your toddler wants to know everything. By the time they are three, they will be able to have simple conversations with you. However, they make mistakes in tenses so don’t worry about that.

How to encourage your kid to talk

Try to talk to your baby as much as possible. From the very starting when all they do is cry to when they start questioning anything and everything, make sure you reply to them and try to build communication channel. The more you talk to your baby, the more new words he or she will be able to learn and will be able to communicate in a better way. Talk to your toddler when you feed, bathe, or change his or her nappy. Keep your sentences short and emphasize on important words. Point out things when talking about something specific, this will help your kid store a picture in his or her mind. The more you will communicate the more they can learn.

How to find out if your toddler is having problems talking

There is no proven method that can tell you, whether your baby is having problems learning to talk. If you are worried, then consulting your doctor can best help you. But make sure that you don’t compare your toddler with other kids of her or his age, because every child starts talking at different age.

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