You can play, have fun, and also communicate with your baby. Although still small, your baby can apparently respond to you from birth. He can recognize your voice and speech. You can communicate with babies using baby language. Because if you speak using the language, he will be encouraged to answer it.
Do not think the baby can not be invited to communicate. After birth, babies will communicate through smiles, laughter, or crying when they feel uncomfortable. Long before he can talk, he has understood the words you often say and is able to capture your emotions.
The Importance of Inviting Baby to Talk
Communicating with babies is important, because the earlier you talk to them, the development of their abilities such as reading, writing, and interpersonal develop faster.
Long before your child can begin to speak clearly, babies understand the general meaning of what you say, and also absorb the emotional tone of the word. Play is the baby’s main way of learning how to move, communicate, socialize, and understand the surrounding environment. And during the first month of life, your baby will learn to communicate with you.
Your baby starts talking by using his tongue, lips, palate, and teeth to grow to make sounds, like screaming “oh and ah”, this happens in the first month or two, and then your little one will be easier to babble.
These words will then become real words, such as “mama” and “papa”. Next, your baby will take more words from you and those around him. And between the ages of 18 months to 2 years, your child will begin to form sentences with two to four words.
It does not matter if your baby does not fully understand what you are saying, but he certainly is happy every time he listens to your voice and notices you smile at him. Usually, he responds by turning to the source of the sound, blinking, or even laughing.
Trying to communicate with the baby, you will build its ability to listen and communicate. Babies learn to speak by imitating the sounds they hear and paying attention to the movements of the lips as you say them. Babies who are invited to communicate will more quickly master other abilities, such as interacting with others, counting, and writing, because since childhood they are accustomed to responding to things around them.
Tips for Inviting Baby to Talk
Given the importance of talking to babies, parents need to pay attention to several things that can make interactions more interesting and enjoyable, including:
- Speak as often as possible with short sentences and clear vocals. You can use times such as when feeding, breastfeeding, bathing, or taking her for a walk. Say things like, “Do you want to eat?”, “Wow, is it cold, huh?”, Or “Dad comes home!” Full of expression.
- Look and point at the object you are talking about. Starting at the age of six months, he will begin to look towards your index finger. That way he will quickly associate the word you say with the object in question.
- Read colorful pictorial stories for him. Even though he can’t understand the story yet, he will be happy to see the colors and listen to your voice.
- Starting at the age of seven months, babies will begin to understand short words like “no”, “come on”, “eat”, “father”. He will understand and react to the expressions you show when saying certain things like “scared” or “happy”.
- Combine with singing sounds or play games like “peekaboo”.
- Smile as often as possible to the baby. Look at your baby’s eyes when changing diapers, breastfeeding, or when he is going to sleep.
- Bring your face close to his face and repeat certain simple words continuously, like “mama”, “eat”.
- Respond immediately and add vocabulary if he has started to be able to say one or two words, even if you do not understand the meaning of his words.
- Use body movements to strengthen your words. Like flapping hands when telling or saying the word “bird” or stretching hands when saying the word “plane”.
No need to worry if your baby has not shown signs that he responds to your words. Every baby grows and develops in a way that is unique and different. The most important thing is that you always communicate with your baby every day. Starting a conversation with him creatively will not only make you smile happily, but will also stimulate your child’s development.