Cooing in your Two-Month-Old
Does your two month old makes adorable noises like “ooh” or “aah”? Although it may seem too early, your two month old baby’s communication skill is now developing. Her first means of communication will be in the form of adorable coos and gurgles. She will unknowingly start practising lip and tongue movement making an attempt to communicate with you.
Your two month old baby has now started responding to her new world. She will focus on your voice and will respond to it. Your different tones of voice will interest and fascinate her more now. She will be attracted to the different sounds you make.
When Does Cooing Begin?
The first attempt to communicate will begin at the second month, and you will notice your baby making noises like “aah”. As the weeks go by, she will continue to make more vowel sounds and gurgling noises. She will also attempt to imitate the baby coos you make.
Benefits of Cooing
Your baby’s attempt to coo will stimulate your baby’s brain, build fine and gross motor skills, strengthen neuron development and increase social-emotional development. The relationship and bonding between baby and parent enhances when your baby begins to start cooing. Here are the excellent benefits of cooing:
- It is an indicator that your baby’s communication skill is developing. It helps your baby to graduate to more complex sounds
- Your baby begins to start exercising her lips, palate and tongue
- This is also an avenue for back and forth conversation to develop between you and your baby
- You will be able to understand your baby’s reaction to stress, hunger and happiness. Cooing is now his means of expression
- Cooing also helps in your baby’s overall language and vocabulary development
Encouraging Your Cooing Baby
Babies love to hear your voice. They learn to communicate by imitating the sounds you make. It is a treat to watch your baby as he begins to communicate with you or respond to your voice.
When your baby begins to communicate, it is ideal to engage in a conversation with your baby. The more you talk to your baby the sooner he will develop his language and speech skills.
- When your baby starts cooing or gurgling, smile back or wink at her. Do this to encourage her cooing.
- Imitate your baby’s coos like “ba-ba”, “pa-pa”, etc. This will encourage her speech development.
- Respond with excitement. This will ensure that you are paying attention to her.
- Use exaggerated vowels just like your baby does.
- Always speak in a happy voice.
- Use clear facial expressions like raised eyebrows or winking eyes.
- Describe your words clearly and use easy words that will help her imitate you.
- Emphasize on important words.
In the course of normal development, cooing will help the baby’s brain to develop. He will store the words you speak and the noises you make pertaining to everyday objects. His speaking skills will also improve as the months pass by.
It is important to start noting and observing this milestone right from two months of age to detect if your baby is growing normally or has a speech problem. If your baby doesn’t coo yet, it could mean he is simply taking more time Enjoy this two-way engaging conversation with your baby!