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Baby talk from birth to 6 months

It’s never too early to communicate

Communication begins at birth. Although your baby won’t be able to talk to you yet, they will communicate with you from the moment they are born. They will start to understand speech even before they begin to speak and will be interested in looking at your face and listening to your voice.

The first evidence of communication will come in the form of crying, eye contact, cooing and smiling. While infants may not be very verbal yet, they are constantly learning about language from the voices around them.

It’s important to remember that every baby is different and will develop language skills at their own rate. You should try singing and chatting to your baby as early as possible as it can make a real difference to their development.

Very young babies cry in order to communicate their needs and at 3-6 months babies start to babble and recognise familiar sounds and voices of people they hear frequently. They will also make a wider range of different noises as well, to try to get your attention.

Tips

As parents, the way you talk and play with your baby can make a real difference to how they develop and learn.

You can try singing and chatting to your baby. Babies love nursery rhymes, which will also help them develop good listening and talking skills. Play games, which use facial expressions and look through books together. Make sure you give your baby your undivided attention as this will help them concentrate and listen.

Stop

A baby’s first verbal communication is crying.

Think

Even very young babies seem to respond to being spoken to, turning their heads toward a familiar voice.

Do

Sing and chat to your baby. Babies love nursery rhymes, which will help them develop good listening and talking skills.