Communicating With Your Baby
The moment that you meet your baby, you’ll want to introduce yourself and welcome him or her into this big world, and that’s a good thing. Although baby may not yet understand your words or pay you a great deal of attention, everything that you say is helping your baby in the future.
Communicating with your baby from the very start is important since it helps children develop better reading, social and writing skills later down the road. You’ll also help your baby speak earlier and have a greater vocabulary. It is very easy to communicate with your baby; do so each and every opportunity that you get.
You might be surprised to learn that your baby will eventually learn what you are communicating to them, and they’ll use this to enhance their own verbal skills very soon. Some of the things that you can do to communicate with your baby:
- Smile at your baby often
- Have a conversation with your baby, agreeing with their babbles, nodding your head and laughing
- Give baby lots of face time and attention even when there are tasks that you need to take care of around the house
- Imitate baby’s sounds. There is a good chance that he or she will absolutely love hearing you share in the same sounds.
- Gesture to your baby
- Mimic baby’s facial expressions
Baby talk should not be used all of the time, but it is definitely fun and acceptable to use occasionally. You can break out that ‘baby tone’ and provide your baby with an overall feeling of comfort and content.
Vocalize words that you want baby to understand quickly, such as no, mama, dada, bottle, etc. Say them with meaning and also make sure that you say them often. When you say it often baby will be able to connect the name to that item.
Your baby will respond to your communication with them in a number of different ways. This could be with a smile or a laugh, a coo or an attentive ear. Soon baby will also be uttering those very same words that he or she has heard you say over and over again.
When you have a baby, it is not the time to be quite. Become very vocal, communicating with your baby often, and before you know it you will have an intelligent chatterbox who can actually answer you and carry on a great conversation.