Baby Development Part 3: Language Development


This is the continuation to the Baby development series, if you have missed the first 2 parts, you can read it Introduction to Baby Development and Baby Development Part 2: Social and Emotional Development

Language Development:

Babies first communicate by crying. Then they learn to make sounds and smile. This is “talking.” Eventually they learn to use words. Communicating is a two‑way street. Talk to your baby when your baby “talks” to you. Mimic any sounds your baby makes. This encourages your baby to make more sounds.

First Month:

  1. Responds to voices.
  2. Small cooing sound is heard.
  3. Communicates with smiles ,gazes and crying .

Second Month:

  1. Discovers her own voice.
  2. Gurgles, coos, and squeals .
  3. Tries to move and make noises.
  4. Smiles at mother.
  5. Shows sign of recognition to father and other know faces.
  6. Looks at mother face when she talks and responds in cooing ,laugh or gurgling.

Third Month:

  1. Makes sounds like “ah,ge,ou”.
  2. Laughs loudly.
  3. You can differentiate between the happy sound and laughter.
  4. has different cries and sounds for different needs.

Language development in babies

Fourth Month:

  1. Makes different shapes of her mouth to make different sounds.
  2. Starts babbling.
  3. Scream and laughs loudly.
  4. Sputters,Squeals ,gurgles.

Fifth Month:

  1. Makes sounds like ba-ba, ma-ma.
  2. Tries to mimic sounds.
  3. Squeals and responds on her parents talk.

Sixth Month:

  1. Sounds get more developed.
  2. You can hear her saying ga-ga, papa, kaka.
  3. Experiments with  different volumes.
  4. Gets fascinated by own loud voice so makes it as a game and plays it.
  5. Makes sounds with lips tongues.
  6. Puts fingers in her mouth and makes sound.
  7. Tries to talk to toys, fan, curtains etc.

Every day you can prepare her for a lifetime of learning and success.

Hold your baby often to help him feel loved and safe. Talk or sing to your baby while you do everyday things like dressing, bathing, feeding or playing with her .decide a rhyme for each activity and sing it always baby will start following the routine in some months

 

Activity

Sing simple songs and nursery rhymes from the time your baby is born. Use your hands and fingers to act out the songs. Smile while you sing and change your facial expressions to fit the song or rhyme. This helps begin to develop language and memory, and starts to prepare your child to read! Some songs children enjoy include:

  • Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
  • The Itsy Bitsy Spider
  • ABC Song
  • I’m a Little Teapot
  • Old McDonald Had a Farm
  • I hear thunder

 

Tips for Success

  • Read to her  every day.
  • Make sure other care-givers form loving and comforting relationships with her.
  • Play on the floor with her.

 

Activity

Help your baby strengthen muscles by playing on his tummy. (What you will need: toys, photographs, pictures or books with large and bright pictures ) While your baby is wide awake and alert, place him on a blanket on his tummy for short periods of time. Talk about what he is seeing. Be sure to keep your baby awake during “tummy time” or to roll him over on his back if he falls asleep.

 

Play games (peek‑a‑boo, imitating sounds your baby makes, gentle tickling, shaking toys, etc.).

Talk to your baby about what you are doing (bathing, diapering, nursing, etc.).

Call your baby by name.

Make sure your baby can see your face when you talk to him or her.

Talk to your baby about what you think your baby is trying to tell you with his coos, cries, and babbles.

Mimic any sounds your baby makes. This encourages your baby to make more sounds.