babble

Babbling is a normal part of development in babies. Babbling usually begins during the third month as the infant starts to make cooing and gurgling sounds. Babbling may be sporadic at first. However, with time and practice, most infants come to love the sound of their own voices and will practice using their vocal chords.

Infant babble and speech progression is common throughout different cultures and races. When the infant is about nine months of age, it begins to imitate sounds and learn their native language.

Babble Conversation

Babies are very observant. They can become tuned into conversations caregivers are having. Infants will focus their eyes back and forth between the individuals who are having the conversation, much like one who is observing a tennis match. They listen for changes in pitch, tone and watch facial expressions.

Infants will try to engage their caregivers in a conversation using their baby babble. When their gurgle or coo is met with a response, the infant will become excited and the babble will continue back and forth as the baby realizes he is communicating with you. This is an infant’s first introduction into communicating through conversation.

How To Encourage a Baby’s Babble and Language Development

When an infant first starts to vocalize through babbling, it is important that it is met with positive feedback. The tone of voice and facial expressions of caregivers encourage infants to use their vocal sounds more often. While the infant is unable to understand what is being said to them, the pleased expressions on a caregivers face prompts more conversation. Infants will even pause in their babble so you can respond to them.

Baby talk by parents is encouraged. Infants respond and learn from high-pitched voices and short words or sentences. Infants will become engaged to your words and come to understand what you are saying. They will learn to place names and words for people and objects. Speaking slow, repeating words and using simple words is the key to communicating with infants.