Except for crying, your infant tries to make many other noises 💪. In fact, your baby will actually make a range of sounds in her first year—from the delightful to the downright strange 😉😉.
Those sometimes-wacky noises are also a sign that your baby is developing the skills required to get ready to talk.
But what do her sounds mean? 🤔🤔 Scroll down to learn how to decode her communication 👇👇👇.
As your baby grows, her grunts may become demands. Toward the end of the first year, your baby will grunt, with or without pointing, to indicate that she wants something she doesn’t have the words for yet. If she sees that you respond to her requests, she’ll understand that language can equal action 😉.
Don’t be surprised if you hear your baby engaged in a full monologue, in a language of her own. Babies start to babble at around 4 to 6 months, producing a steady stream of different vowel and consonant sounds that seem like they could be words but aren’t quite there yet. Your child will start with the easiest sounds, like “p,” “b,” and “m,”. You’ll hear a lot of “puh puh puhs” or “buh buh buhs” at first. After your baby has had more practice, you’ll hear additional variety, and she may produce groups of sounds like “tah tah, ba ba, bee bee.” These are the precursor to talking, so “muh muh” may become “mama” and “ba ba” may become “bottle.” 😉
When she pauses, babble back. Try new sounds and pitches to see if she’ll try to imitate you and make up babble songs. Being responsive will help teach her the patterns of speech and conversation. 👍👍
Your child will start sighing naturally when he’s just a few weeks old because it feels good and eventually because he likes the way you react to it. In fact, sighing may actually serve a useful function: It can be your baby’s way of relaxing and letting you know that he is content. So try responding in kind using different lengths and pitches and giving him time to imitate you 💪💪.
Within the first six months many babies do growl (grrr) because he likes the feeling it produces in his throat. As your baby gets older, he may also growl to express displeasure, like when he’s mad that you’re not feeding him fast enough 😂.
Squealing usually means your little one is delighted, but it can also indicate that he isn’t thrilled. So if the squealing doesn’t stop, make sure he’s not in any discomfort.
To encourage your baby’s newfound ability, you don’t have to squeal yourself. It’s more helpful to respond to what’s inspiring his excitement: “Wow, you love it when Mommy blows bubbles.” He can’t totally understand what you’re saying yet, but he can pick up on your tone and notice your facial expressions.
At around 4 months, your little one may surprise you with a small chuckle or even a full-out belly laugh. Initially, chuckles and laughs are a physical response to something you’re doing like tickling her knees or blowing air on her tummy. Later on, when your baby laughs at something external—the look on your face when she flings all of her food onto the floor, for instance—it means she’s starting to develop a sense of humor, and she clearly finds you amusing. Encouraging her newfound funny bone is easy: Just keep doing silly things 😛😛.