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Methods for Parents & Communicate to 1- to 3-Month-Old Babies

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Your baby loves to hear your voice, so talk, babble, sing, and coo away during these first few months. Respond enthusiastically to your baby's sounds and smiles. Tell your baby what he or she is looking at or doing and what you are doing. Name familiar objects as you touch them or bring them to your baby.

Read to your baby — even at this tender age, it help in the development of the growing brain. By listening to you, your baby will learn the importance of speech before understanding it or repeating any words.

Take special advantage of your baby's own ‘talking’ to have a ‘conversation.’ If you hear your baby make a sound, repeat it and wait for him or her to make another.

You are teaching your baby valuable lessons about tone, pacing, and taking turns when talking to someone else.

You are also sending the message that your baby is important enough to listen to. Don't interrupt or look away when your baby's ‘talking’ — show you're interested and that your little one can trust you.

Babies this age seem to respond best to the female voice — the one historically associated with comfort and food. That's why most people will raise the pitch of their voices and exaggerate their speech when talking to babies. This is fine — studies have shown that ‘baby talk’ doesn't delay the development of speech — but feel free to mix in some regular adult words and tone. It may seem early, but you're setting the stage for your baby's first word.

Sometimes babies aren't in the mood to talk or vocalize — even babies need their space and a break from all the stimulation in the world. Babies might turn away, closes their eyes, or becomes fussy or irritable. If this happens, let your little one be, or just try cuddling.

There might be times when you've met all of your baby's needs, yet he or she continues to cry. Don't despair — your baby may be overly stimulated, have gastric distress, or may have too much energy and need a good cry.


It's common for babies to have a fussy period at the same time every night, generally between early evening and midnight. This can be upsetting, but the good news is that it's short-lived; most babies outgrow it around 3 months.

Try to soothe your baby. Some babies are comforted by motion, such as rocking or being walked back and forth across the room, while others respond to sounds, like soft music or the hum of a vacuum cleaner. It may take some time to find out what best comforts your baby during these stressful periods.

If You're Concerned

Talk to your doctor if your baby seems to cry for an unusual length of time or if the cries sound odd to you. Your doctor will be able to reassure you or look for a medical reason for your baby's distress. Chances are there is nothing wrong, and knowing this can help you relax and stay calm when your baby is upset.

Babies usually reach these communication milestones during this period:

• pay attention to new faces and surroundings

• respond to loud noises

• smile at the sound of a parent's voice

• smile at other people by 3 months

• coo consistently by 3 or 4 months

Keep in mind that babies communicate at different rates, just as they mature physically at different rates. There is usually no cause for concern, but talk to your doctor if your baby misses any of these milestones.

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