All parents eagerly await those first words that our baby emits, but until this moment occurs, our little one will go through the stage of emitting sounds that, little by little, will form syllables until reaching whole words. Let's not go so fast and play games and enjoy as parents of this stage and, for this, we present you fun dynamics to stimulate babysitting from home.
Before producing their first words, babies initiate the so-called initial babbling as a mere game of their own where baby enjoys hearing his own sounds. A little later, the so-called communicative babbling appears, this second babbling consisting of sounds that they emit with the intention of communicating. As we well know, before words, simpler elements such as vowels, consonants and of course syllables take place.
There are several types of babbling (initial, simple, canonical and varied), each one expected at different times within the first months of life, but it is true that in some cases it is delayed. In these circumstances, it is important both to discuss it with the pediatrician to check the hearing, who will decide whether to refer to a specialist, and to stimulate the development of this babbling from home through game dynamics.
Then from GuiaInfantil.com We will tell you more about the types of babbling, when they should be developed and how to encourage them from home.
Thanks to an important author, Laura Bosch and her publications on the phonological evaluation of infantile speech, we can now define the items of infantile speech development:
- At 2 months of life
Here the first phonations or initial babbling will take place. These are normally vowel emissions (a, e, i, o, u) and some isolated first consonant sounds (k, g, etc.). In both cases, the sounds will be very fuzzy and with very little communicative intention, since they will basically be the baby's own games enjoying listening to himself in his first productions.
- At 4-5 months of life
There is the so-called simple, isolated or marginal babbling. Being an evolution of the first vowel and consonant emissions with better clarity, duration, tone and intensity. As if the baby had practiced and improved his articulation skills, usually playing with his hands in his mouth, touching his lips and tongue. At this time we still cannot talk about syllables, since they are usually incomplete. They would be more examples uuuu, iiiii, g-g-g, mmm or p-p-p.
- At 6-7 months of life
At this stage we find the so-called canonical babbling. These are his first simple syllabic emissions, composed of the sum of a vowel and a consonant, for example, ka-ka, ba-ba, po -po ...
- At 9-10 months of life
So-called varied or complex babbling will take place. These are his first complex syllabic emissions, made up of the sum of different vowels with different consonants, forming chains of varied sounds and the beginning of the first words. Some examples are pa-ba, ba-ta-ta, pa -pe ...
Now that you know what a baby's development is like during the first year of life from the babbling point of view, it's time to get down to business! Do you want to know everything you can do from home?
1. Have conversations
We recommend that, despite the fact that their first broadcasts are limited, we play to answer them as if it were an adult conversation. This will further stimulate your productions, your communicative intention and interest in imitation.
2. Sing songs
They also tend to be very attracted to songs, since they speak with a very melodic and auditory intonation.
3. Perform repetitions
They tend to benefit and like that we repeat their first broadcasts, such as correcting them with better articulation, training them and encouraging them to improve their sharpness.
4. Vary the melody
It will always be important to try to speak with varied tones, as well as sweet and soft.
5. Play with speed
It will also be important to ensure that our speech is much slower and more deliberate than what we would maintain with an adult and even with an older child.
6. Massage and caress her little mouth
Whenever we perform any of the above dynamics, babies will benefit from sitting right in front of us, both by the look and by the option of caressing their mouths while we talk, sing or talk to them.
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