Hearing and voice - 1 to 3 months of age
Babies between one and three months of age prefer the human voice to other noises and sounds. Babies generally prefer their mother's voice and other female voices. Higher pitched, soft voices seem to be more the soothing to infants. This is perhaps why most adults instinctively use a high pitched, cute voice to speak with babies. Babies respond with smiles and coo's. This represents the beginnings of two way communication between you and your baby.
Should I use baby talk with my baby?
Babies between one and three months of age prefer high pitched, cute voices as opposed to harsh, deep voices. Repeating the coo's and ah's of your baby will certainly entertain her. These cute sounds should be mixed with normal voice to help your baby adjust to normal communication.
Should I read to my baby?
Yes. Babies love the sound of the human voice and are entertained by the changes in pitch and facial expressions associated with reading. Even if they don't understand the words, reading to your baby will help them develop normal communication skills.
Should I sing to my baby?
Absolutely! Soft, relatively high-pitched melody will thrill your child. You'll probably find that she will respond with smiles and coo's of delight!
When will my baby babble?
Babbling is the term used to describe such sounds as "muh-muh-muh," or "ba-ba-ba," or other similar sounds. Infants typically start babbling by 4 months of age.
Last Updated (Saturday, 24 December 2011 13:40)