Learn the Communication and Listening Skills with the Baby
A small baby may not be able to express themselves through words. However, nature enables them to express themselves through other ways, such as crying or smiling, to convey their needs, discomfort, or pleasure.
Let us understand the importance of effective listening and communication with a baby. We will also look at ways to listen and communicate effectively with a baby.
A baby learns to speak by listening to others. The more you talk to a baby, the more the baby learns. Besides talking, you can communicate with a baby by smiling, singing, and gently touching the baby.
Initially, crying is the only language that the baby uses to communicate when the baby is hungry or uncomfortable. You must listen and pay attention to the baby to understand what the baby wants.
By three months of age, a baby starts recognizing your voice and responds by smiling, waving arms and legs, and making a few sounds. Always pay attention and smile when the baby makes a sound.
By nine months of age, the baby starts babbling making many different sounds. By now babies expect others to respond to their baby talk. Smile at the baby and repeat the baby talk to encourage the baby's efforts to speak.
By the time babies are one year old, they usually start speaking a few simple words like mama and papa. Always acknowledge when the baby says something. Showing baby different things and repeating their names helps increase the baby's knowledge and vocabulary at this stage.
As the baby grows, use day-to-day activities like bathing, dressing, eating, and playing as opportunities to talk to the baby.
Talk to the baby about the things you use for various activities and the correct ways of using them. This way you can teach the baby new skills and also introduce the baby to lots of new words.
As babies grow, they start experiencing different emotions like joy, sadness, and fear. Show empathy when the baby experiences these emotions.
When communicating with the baby, give your undivided attention. Do not talk to others or use your cell phone.
Always talk to the baby in a gentle and polite manner. Do not shout at the baby.
Babies learn how to communicate and behave from the adults around them. Therefore, how well you listen to and communicate with a baby decides how well the baby listens and communicates with you.