Mom, you are over the moon when your baby gives you your first smile, first laugh, or giggle.
Then you finally start to hear baby babble that you insist sounds like ‘Mama or Da-da!’ Every parent wants to hear their name first, of course. There is that little bit of Mama Bear pride hoping Mommy will be the first word said. After all, Mom did give birth to this child, not Da-da. Haha!
There are tons and tons of studies, information, and opinions (some unwanted…some not) about when a baby is ‘supposed’ to smile, laugh, talk, and walk. After raising three baby girls that are now in their mid to late twenties, I have combed through the information out there and heard all the ‘new’ methods to get your baby talking faster.
All three of my girls have vibrantly accomplished all the necessary requirements to live a well, commutative life, and they all did it at their own pace, not Mine or Dad’s. Even though they all are ‘cut from the same cloth’, they are all like the sunrise and the sunset, one is never exactly the same.
Mom, you try to teach your little ones to ‘use their words’ as often as you can. After all, the sooner he or she learns to communicate, the happier the baby (the less crying happens throughout the day and especially throughout the night). This is especially true when it comes to the first-born child, which is your first experience (or experiment LOL) into motherhood.
Happy Baby = Happy Mommy.
A recent study about baby babble analyzed sounds and their correlation with words. Yes, all that baby babble you hear is going to turn into a language of words, then phrases, then paragraphs, and then ‘Why, Why, Why!’
Mom, I promise you will laugh at this someday!
After you conquer the ‘Mama and Da-da’ phase, comes everyday items like ‘Spoon’, ‘Milk’, ‘Please,’ ‘More,’ and ‘Thank You’. ( Yes, ‘Please’ and ‘Thank You’ can be taught before age one. For more on that, stay tuned for my series on ‘Manners Matter’).
One step at a time, we slowly try to teach them the basics. From my experience, there are many types of children: let’s concentrate on the nonstop babblers and the quietly confident ones, happy to let others do the talking for them.
My oldest daughter Taylor, first-born to a “tee” child, started speaking as soon as possible. She would sit by herself with her toys and babble on and on. She would be in her car seat on trips to the store or Grandma and Grandpa’s house and totally carry on a baby babble conversation with herself. She created a world of her own.
My second-born daughter Kasey, on the other hand, completely allowed her older sister to speak for her. No matter what she wanted, the sister connection kicked in, and Kasey totally relied upon Taylor to converse for her (in others words get what she wanted, even that young).
She was content with her sister entertaining her all of the time. I believe her first words were ‘Hi’ and ‘Tee Tee’ (her own abbreviated version of Taylor).
My third-born little girl, Makenna, wanted to get in on all of the action and started baby babbling early on, including having a ‘party’ in her crib in the middle of the night and trying to entertain her big sisters when all they wanted to do was sleep.
A study observed 40 nine-month-olds and their mothers, analyzing their speech patterns and noises. They specifically sought to see how their mothers’ behaviors influenced their baby talk.
Their findings showed that the children who were consistently rewarded by their mothers for correctly naming an object (or getting close to naming it) led to them being faster speakers.
So, baby babble does have a significant purpose! Try and get those little ones talking as much as you can, being sure to praise them for each time they come close to getting a word right. If you have a quiet child, like my Kasey, try giving them a more tangible reward like a kiss or a cookie (if they are old enough for solid food).
If you want to check out the whole study, it is available here on Science Daily.
Have you noticed any link between baby babble and learning speech? Share below in the comments.