Is Your Baby Trying To Tell You Something?
Babies are so amazing. They totally have us fooled letting us think we have all the power. But that not true, they are so much smarter than we give them credit for. Let’s talk about communication with you and your baby.
Even the youngest baby can communicate with you. They use their own language that comes to them naturally. They learn by your response to their little sounds and actions. By responding to their coos and cries, they learn that you are listening to them and are there to take care of their needs. Your communication provides them comfort and security.
Babies have both verbal and non-verbal language. Their non-verbal would be their facial expressions, legs becoming tight or rigid, their eyes, rubbing their eyes when they are tired, and turning their head to find food. These are all ways that they communicate a need or want to you. You have to be pretty observant to notice these cues. If these are not recognized, then your baby will then learn to give you his or her verbal cues. We all know these, crying, screaming, whimpering, laughing, etc… There are ways to determine what your baby is trying to tell you as well through their crying. I will go into this in another article.
Our favorite form of communication with your baby is when they coo. We all love to hear that beautiful little sound they make. When you make a sound, they try to mimic you, and what an accomplishment for them when they hear themselves make a sound like yours. Even the facial expressions that they mimic from you are their way of learning a new language.
Speak to your baby naturally. As you are interacting, describe everything you are doing and tell him/her what they are feeling or experiencing. They will soon learn to understand what you are saying long before they are able to speak. Point out things to them, talk about it, have them touch their nose and say “nose”, have them feel your face and tell them what they are feeling and seeing.
Music is an incredible way to teach them, especially when you sing to them. It does not matter if you think you can sing or not, your baby doesn’t care. All they know is they are listening to a beautiful, soft melody from their mother.
Read to them as often as you can. Look at picture books, they do not need to be cartoon drawings, they love any type of picture. Discuss with your baby what he/she is looking at. Another favorite thing for them are photographs of loved ones in the family. You can paste some on cardboard and hold it up for them to study and see. They will love looking at the familiar faces over and over again. Name the people in the photos and describe what they are doing.
Your baby will soon be talking on their own and be telling you all about their little world. In the meantime, build that communication and that bond with your baby. You will both be forever blessed.