Motherhood comes with a whole set of challenges that, at first glance, could seem overwhelming to the new mom. One of them is to learn how to communicate with your baby. Your newborn has needs and it’s your job as a parent to learn to supply those needs. Read on and find out how you can become a baby talk expert and communicate with your child.
Breaking the Baby-Talk Code
Every baby is a world of its own. However, during the first three months your infant will try to communicate the needs of eating, sleeping or getting changed. If you’re a first time mom, remember to not be scared of your baby’s cry. It can mean a number of things, depending on the intensity, the pitch or how long it goes.
The most important thing to remember about this is that there are basically two kinds of cry: the avoidable one and the unavoidable one. The avoidable cry is the one that happens as the baby’s last resort to tell you something, because you couldn’t figure out what they were communicating up until they started wailing. This one often means frustration. The unavoidable cry is the baby’s more natural way of warning you of something that is causing them discomfort: an upset tummy, physical pain or a dirty diaper. Other than that universal code, the rest is up to you. Keep in mind each baby has a unique language, and you’ll be the translator.
Smile At your Baby
While cradling, nurturing and singing to your newborn are all important things, you’ll find a very unique connection with your baby when you smile to him/her. A tender grin while looking directly into your child’s eyes works wonders to help soothe the baby, while reassuring them that they have your undivided attention.
Talk To Your Baby
Did you know that aside from feeding and changing the baby you can (and should!) also talk to them as well? Promoting constant conversation with your child helps them get used to the sound of your voice, and ultimately creates a lasting bond that will set the foundation for a strong relationship as they grow older. Repeat words clearly to her and narrate your activities so the baby gets used to certain words and expressions. Teach them obedience and respect through simple commands such as “No” or “Stop”.
Imitate Your Baby
Yes, it might look foolish at first when you try to copy every little sound your baby utters. But, contrary to popular belief, when mothers imitate their child’s coos and little noises, they’re not making fun of the kid, but transmitting a valuable message: what my child is telling me matters. Remember your infant is learning the basics of the communication process. So imitating your baby’s talk is your way of “responding” to whatever the child is trying to tell you, even if you probably don’t understand it. Hence, by imitating your baby’s gestures, you’re teaching them to communicate.