At the age of two months, babies are already able to produce sounds (voices) though it just still sounds as “kukukuku.” At the age of four months, babies can ‘play’ with the sound of a simple release of the repeated vowel and consonant combination like “bababa.”
The initial babble would be found in all infants, even in infants who are deaf. Furthermore, for the growing of babble into words, babies need stimulation to talk and communicate frequently by those surround them. At the age of seven months, the babble began to develop to a combination of voice similar to the native language, and at the age of one year, babies are able to master more voice combination which will lead them to their first word (which meaning in it) they say.
STIMULATION AND BONDING
Encouraging the talk at an early age of infants is also part of stimulation that will much beneficial for the development of the balance between the left brain and right brain, especially in communication skills of the little ones. It can be reached each time the mother interacting with the children, whether it is at the time of feeding, putting them to sleep, bathing, or taking them for playing time.
Not only that, a study has shown that babies aged 6-30 months have felt the benefits of baby stimulation of this talk. In addition, the direct benefits of inviting the baby talk are of course felt by the parents. You will feel the spiritual connection (bonding) getting closer because of the two ways communication between you and the little ones while you’re trying to learn each other the purpose stated. That is because the little ones get a more active role to engage in “conversations.”
Since the beginning, the baby is trying to imitate all kinds of voices around him. They “read” our mimics and movements. Talking, singing, smiling, and other body language will help children to learn speech and language. Want to invite your little one talking? Follow these steps:
- Do it often. Although babies still don’t understand very well what is intended, encourage them to “talk” in a common frequency. Answer and repeat the “gugugaga” with smile. Balance it with the correct language to stimulate their ability to communicate. For example, when baby tries to reach toys and says, “Babababa”, respond with, “Why, sweetie? Oh, definitely you want to play right, my baby? “
- Eyes contact. Doing eye contact with your little one is very important interaction while doing the baby talk. At the age of four months, infants can follow the direction of where we are seeing. The researchers have shown that the form of this interaction would support the development of language skills of the baby later on.
- Body language. Babies also learn to communicate with body language. At the end of their year one, babies are able to touch an object, hold and show it to us as they make eye contact.
- Invite the baby to play. Encourage baby to play and touch things you mean. For example, begin with, “Where is the nose?” that is followed by touching their little hand on their own nose and say, “There you go…, the nose!” Do this over and over and stop when baby looks tired or sleepy. You can also replace the nose with any particular objects. Call it repeatedly when you hold something familiar and name it will make children to understand the link between sound and meaning.
- Alternately. When your little one aged three months, he/she will learn to communicate in turns. Certainly in the beginning, parents will teach them. While asking them to speak, stop for a moment waiting them to response back. It can also be done when you ask them to do play-and-seek, pause a moment while saying “Baaa” to wait for the response. In the next few months, babies become more active in this alternate ‘conversation’.
Doing baby talk and take your little “chat” is not only fun, but it is also very good for the brain development. Who knows that your little ones in the future will become a famous orator or presenter because of this early baby talks activity, right?
One interesting research result says that if three years old child already possess vocabularies more than other child of his/her age, they will have the ability to speak far more than someone at their age when entering school.