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a g es & s t a g es

| by Heather van Mil

Communication 101:

Cooing, Babbling and Signing While a baby’s most obvious form of communication is through crying; parents typically run through the checklist of feeding, burping, diaper changes and tiredness. Though they are non-verbal they are still communicating so much!

Starting Early Babies start by making vowel based sounds like “aah” and “ooh”. The cooing stage is accompanied by baby’s first social smiles sure to melt anyone in viewing sight! During these months parents are setting foundations of communication in each interaction with their child. Spending time each day face-to-face shows your baby a wide range of emotion and communication styles. When parents “coo” back to baby and talk to them in a reciprocal fashion, they reinforce the idea of communication, introduce turn taking and model good conversational habits. Listening to your baby is just as important as speaking!

After Three Months of Age Baby’s vocal horizons broaden to include consonants such as

“ba” and “da”. Initially, this babbling will be fairly random and experimental in nature, but will mature into repetitive patterns -“dadadada”. At this point they will start to pause after a string of ‘words’ to wait for a response – the first milestone in two-way communication! These early cooing and babbling stages are key to successful and effective communication.

Teaching Baby Sign Language With the emergence of intentional and thoughtful vocalization, now is a great time to introduce signing to your baby. Although it is never too early to start, and I often encourage parents to sign early. During the first three to six months is when parents have typically settled into a familiar daily routine and are ready to take on something new.


Recommended Reads The Happy Mommy Handbook

by Alan Greene The first three years of life are the most important for nurturing a child’s full potential: that’s when they start forming attachments, developing a sense of self, and learning to trust.

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by Katie Norris and Susan Case When children are challenged with playful, developmentally appropriate activities, they behave better, their confidence is boosted, and they become better at using their imaginations to play and learn.

When Should I Teach My Child The Alphabet? by Nicola Lott A guide to early literacy written with busy parents of 0-5 year old children in mind. Laid out by age so that parents can easily locate fun; play activities that help children learn the vital pre-reading skills they will need to be successful in school.

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Let’s Play and Learn Together

by Roni Cohen Leiderman Ph.D Playing with your child is more than fun and games: it’s the key to building a strong relationship with your child and providing important early stimulation that promotes learning and development.

You Are Your Child’s First Teacher by Rahima Baldwin Dancy

Understanding child development body, mind, emotions, and spirit that equips parents to make their own decisions based on cognitive and intuitive knowledge and to raise a well-rounded child.

Urbanbaby & Toddler Magazine - Fall 2012  
Urbanbaby & Toddler Magazine - Fall 2012  

The resource for pregnant moms and young families with babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. The Fall is often a turning point for families. M...