Babbling with Baby

Mom or caregiver and baby talking closeThey may be little in size, but they are big in possibilities. Your newborn is here. What a glorious time. Perhaps you are spending your days (and nights) looking at them with awe and wonder.

You may be immersed (and even feel overwhelmed) just caring for their basic needs. Your concerns may be about feedings and sleep.

Through it all, you may be dreaming of the days to come. This may include the heart to heart conversations you imagine you may have down the road.

Today is the day. Start those conversations now. Your baby may be brand new, but now is the right time.

Even from the earliest hours, your newborn is listening. They are especially listening to you.

Do you know that a newborn will actually turn and be responsive to a mother's voice over another's? It's true.

What should you talk to your newborn about?

Does it really matter?

The answer, absolutely!

You are your baby's first teacher. Talk with your baby about the day ahead. Tell them what is about to happen next (i.e. “I'm going to change your diaper. It might be cold.”). This doesn't mean that you need to pretend that they are little adults, but they are indeed little people! Talk to them lovingly and sweetly.

As the early days pass and your baby becomes a few weeks and then months old, you'll be amazed at the responses you may get from your conversations.

They may not have words yet, but a newborn is full of gestures. From the looks in their eyes to movements with their tongue to soft coos and oos and those first smiles, listen and be ready to respond.

What is the best way to support these developments?

Respond positively. This may include repeating back your child's oos and coos. This may be cheering them on in a soft voice as they stick out their tongue.

Respond with positive words. After all, you are their #1 fan (and they, yours!).

Talkin' newborns…today's the day to be talking with yours.

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Babbling with Baby

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19 comments

  1. sandra says:

    My baby boy love to chat with dad !

  2. Marina says:

    My son is like me, at times he keeps to himself and then are times he will “talking” (babbling) up a storm.

  3. Timothy says:

    I really love doing baby talk, and regular talk with Meeka. It is sooooo cool to see her expressions on her face and she even answers in her own way sometimes. (cooing and other noises). She is a little over 9 weeks now. I am so looking forward watching her grow over the years into a young lady. Being a parent this time is better then when I was young and a drunk on drugs.. I am 12 years clean and sober and in love with life and my family now..

  4. Alanna says:

    We really are our child’s first teachers.

  5. KaelinRae says:

    I plan to talk to my baby as much as I can. You can never start teaching them words and phrases to early.

  6. denette87 says:

    She also has conversations with our dog. It is hilarious.

  7. denette87 says:

    My daughter is a chatterbox. No one in our house can get a word in otherwise.

  8. redrobin says:

    Here are my two Beyonce’s singing to each other. A thing of Beauty!

  9. redrobin says:

    My girl can babble over anyone. She is especially talkative when I return home from work. She trys to talk over daddy and anyone who talks to me. She is already dominating conversations. I believe she will have an extensive vocabulary. What are the best books to start to read to her? I want to develop her imagination early.

  10. J_mom says:

    My little one LOVES to talk to her big sister. It is awesome to see them interacting and so close already. They are 12 years apart!

  11. sheenaholman says:

    I LOVE talking to my girl, its so sweet!

  12. Dieselchick says:

    my boy talks more when he hears me talking me and my son can have convo and hes only 2 months

  13. ornella says:

    My boy lovesssss to hear us talk!! He answers back in his own lil way…love him alwayss!!

  14. Grace says:

    my boy too loves hearing us talk

  15. ChrisS says:

    I always talk to my baby boy and he always smiles back at me. I notice that when others (dad or relatives) he know that I’m not holding him, because of that he cries. He recognize my voice if I’m not near him.

  16. revogurl06 says:

    we talk to her all the time.

  17. mida says:

    me and my husband we talk to the baby all the time and she started to smile.

  18. AshleeGarven says:

    I find that talking to my baby girl makes her smile a lot more 🙂

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