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Why do babies babble

Why do babies babble


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One morning, your baby will surprise you when he makes his first gurgles. OMG! What a joy for mom and dad when their little one not only uses his usual cry or demand cry, and experiences for the first time the need to establish a dialogue with them through that wonderful chirp of his vocal cords, which will be accompanied by a serene or smiling face .

Around two months, the baby begins to respond to the stimulation and loving words of mother, through a first attempt to imitate her and dialogue with her emitting vowel sounds. One more step occurs when, from the sixth month on, the child will begin to babble like a morning lark in its crib. He does not need to call our attention or tell us anything, even if his sounds prompt us to come to his side.

The baby when babbling plays with his voice, for the pleasure of listening; he exercises his speech organs with this activity, he makes new and diverse sounds, using intonations and endlessly repeating certain sounds - what a chatter!

Already from eight months, he will be able to reproduce repeated syllables (echolalia) like: ta, ta, ta, ..., baba, mama, yaya. The first articulated vowel is usually the 'a' and the first consonants those that are formed by simply opening the lips (m, b, p) or by placing the tongue behind the teeth (d, t), which curiously are common phonemes in all the languages.

It certainly doesn't seem like our baby does it because he needs to communicate with us or wants to get our attention. If he wanted to eat, he would use his usual wail. Why is the child babbling, then? The baby does not babble because it demands our attention, wants to eat, feels cold, etc. he does it when he feels happy and satisfied, the longest chatter occurs precisely when the baby has all his needs covered and is at ease.

These intonative and syllabic monologues so funny for him (and so precious for our fatherly ears) are very important since in this phase there is a phonetic development, which does not have communicative intentions, but they are a pleasure for him and with this, they get to exercise and prepare their speaking organs, training that will lead them to speak when they have reached the necessary prior maturity.

This pre-linguistic phase takes place during the first year of the baby's life, he plays with his organs of phonation, feeling muscular, vibratory and auditory sensations: gurgling, screaming, laughing, noises, sucking and babbling. All this is key to start with the first verbal productions, with a clear communicative intention, a really important step for the baby!

Patro Gabaldon. Editor of our site

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