You might think that your child doesn’t communicate with you until he/she starts saying things, but that’s not true. In fact, even it is a newborn baby, he/she is communicating to you all the time. This communication is called crying. They cry to tell you what they feel and what they want. They cry because they are hungry, thirsty, they want cuddles, they don’t want to eat anymore and for many other reasons. No child cries for no reason.
Your child also communicates through body language. Babies will get tense when they are uncomfortable and relax in your arms when they are comfortable.
Some of the most common body language clues a baby gives are:
A. Yawning, putting fists to eyes, drowsy eyes, sleepy eye blinks: ‘I am sleepy’
B. Opens their mouth: ‘I am hungry’
C. Opens eyes wide with alert body movements: ‘I am ready to play and learn’
D. Turns their head away or arches their back: ‘No thanks’
A lot of parents find it silly to talk to their baby, but talking to your little about what you’re seeing and doing can really help your baby’s development.
Some things you can do are:
Your baby will love watching your eyes sparkle and your mouth stretching out around words.
2. Talk about what you’re doing
For example, ‘We’re going to give you a nice warm bath now. You like your bath, don’t you?’ Talk in any language you want your child to pick up, or switch between different languages. All of this helps your baby learn about words and talking.
3. Sing songs and rhymes
Your baby will love the rhythm of the words and will be soothed by your voice.
4. Read books and tell stories to your baby from birth
After a few weeks, your baby will understand that this is when you enjoy a quiet, special time together. Your baby will start to recognise words and learn to listen to what others say.
5. Listen to your baby’s first efforts at babbling
Give some time when it’s your baby’s turn to talk. This teaches your baby about the flow of conversation.
6. Name the toys and objects around you
For example, ‘Look, these are your socks. We’re going to put them on your feet, aren’t we?’
Don’t worry if your child doesn’t respond for a while. Each child is different and will take their own time to babble. Trust us when we say this, once your child starts talking, they are going to talk so much that you will miss the adorable moments when their response was a cute little giggle. If you really feel like your child has a problem, then you can always consult your pediatrician.