Far more than dada and wauwau: discover baby language

Far more than dada and wauwau: discover baby language

  • Even if babies do not speak our language yet, they share a permanent message.
  • As adults we have to interpret the baby language individually. With a little practice that works better.
  • Understanding the baby’s sounds and hand signals is important for bonding.

Although babies can not speak after birth, they can communicate their basic needs very well. To understand the unique baby language in its nuances, it takes time and empathy from the adults.

In the course of its development, the expression of the baby becomes more differentiated. At the same time, parents listen and adapt better to their child. It is important to respond to the babies and their utterances. Even with the first words it is sometimes a real puzzle, what “Dada” should mean.

With our tips and tricks it will be a bit easier for you to understand your child. First of all: relaxed it works just better.

1. First discovery

Immediately after birth, a baby shares its cry with the environment.

With a cry, most babies are born and already share their environment. And with crying and screaming, the first few weeks continue.
In the beginning, you may not hear any difference in the sounds of your own baby. But relatively quickly you recognize your own baby and its needs. And after some time you will hear what it wants. For this you do not need an app, just a little rest and empathy.
The needs of your baby are initially rather simple. Your baby screams because it is hungry or tired. It cries when it is too cold or too warm or feels uncomfortable. But it can also be the same way because it is scary or frightening.

1.1. Build bond

It is important for the bond between you and your baby to respond to your baby. Whether you are always right with your assumptions is not the most important one at first. For your baby and his trust, it is essential that you respond to and interact with it.
When it cries, pick it up and weigh it. Or you can talk to him calmly. Only through your reaction your baby learns: I am heard and you make an effort for me. His confidence in himself and his surroundings grows stronger.

1.2. Talk to the whole body

Especially the very small babies share over the whole body. There is roaring with full physical effort and every facial muscle is in motion. Rarely do you see such unique grimaces as with babies. With them, the whole face is distorted when it scares or tastes a bit bitter.

The screaming of a baby shows up all over.

When they roar, they overstretch their entire body. Such overdrawing can have very different meanings. So it can be a sign of stomachache or simply of over-stimulation.
In the first few weeks, pay attention to all the little peculiarities of your baby. You will quickly develop a sense of when your baby is a little too much or maybe it needs a change of pace.

Tip: Stay calm as it is. Even if it is sometimes not so easy with a full-roared baby. The quieter you can stay, the more you give your baby security.

Sign language

For some parents just the first “speechless” time with a baby and toddler is difficult. For these parents, a sign language was developed for babies from the sixth month and their parents. From this age, babies are usually able to articulate themselves more clearly through a speaking gesture. This sign language is based on the classical sign language.

2. Little adventurers

Most babies start to rediscover their voice within a few weeks. They try different tones. They pay close attention to the reactions in their environment.

Tip: Make small videos from your baby’s first sound exercises. You will be happy about these special keepsakes later. And even toddlers find it exciting to see themselves and hear themselves.

As soon as the babies have a motor thrust of about six months, the world is discovered correctly. They begin to crawl and babble away.
Discover the world with your baby and reflect his sounds. This will be very happy and happy to communicate with you in most cases.

Caution: As with any development, every child is different and has its own pace. While some are interested in lutes early on, others are less interested.

2.1. Always smile back

Not only is it important for babies to mirror their sounds. Also pay attention to the facial expression of your baby. Just the beautiful smile and rays you should always return.
If your baby shows you that he is alert and attentive, you should also actively pay attention to him. You recognize this by the attentive gaze and the facing body of your baby. Make eye contact and smile. It also gives your baby safety and warmth.

3. Learning to speak begins after the first year of life

When it starts talking, dad looks at his mouth.

Between the first and second birthday, most babies start talking. Again, however, it is important to keep calm: Each baby develops individually.
Thus, the development of twins can be quite different. Babies always develop according to their interests. But do not worry: most children learn the language on their own.

3.1. Baby talk vs language of babies

On the one hand, it is important to imitate the sounds of the baby. On the other hand, it is also important to speak normally with the baby. A baby does not need an extra language, like Wau-Wau for a dog. These onomatopoeic words may be the first ones spoken by your child. You can respond by responding, “Yes, you’re right. This is a dog.”

A book helps little children to understand the language and their world.

Some children develop many own terms for persons or objects. Well-known examples are “Wau-wau”, “Mau-mau”, but some children are much more creative. Always translate these terms into the “correct” language. No matter how cute you find some word creations.

It is important that you continue to respond to the hand signals and vocalizations of your child. It can not speak linguistically at all times. However, it is still relevant for binding that it receives a positive response.

Tip: Books are important for the linguistic development of children. Have a look with your child regularly and in peace a book. At the beginning, this can be quiet books with a picture of an object. You name the object for your child. And gradually the child remembers the words. First as a passive vocabulary and finally quite active.

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