At this stage, most of your language interaction with your baby is one-sided. They may make reflexive or bodily noises like snorting, grunting, crying, etc. We then interpret them with meaning, and a conversation is born! This is the basis of their later interaction skills, and helps them learn all about your voice and the way you speak. It also helps you not to go mad as you spend hours on your own with a newborn – chat away!
You might feel a bit odd, but it’s important to use a melodic and exciting voice for your baby. It’s called parentese and is used around the world by people to entertain their children. Stop when you find yourself using it with an adult in public…
The first few weeks of a baby’s life are so shocking and confronting – new temperatures, new bodily functions, new sensations. It must be totally overwhelming for them, no wonder they cry so much! On top of the physical comfort we give our babies, we can also add to their feelings of safety by using the same words over and again to ‘warn’ them of what is going to happen. Of course, they can’t yet understand our words, but they do know our voices. And they help your child feel safe as the same thing happens each time.
After knowing your baby for a few weeks, you will learn to anticipate some of their small range of emotions: happy/content, hungry, grizzly, tired, etc. Name them for your child – your voice calms them and it helps keep the one-sided conversation going.
Singing songs to calm your baby is an oldie and a goodie. I have four songs that I sing to my three over and over again – they’re similar tunes and keys, and all lead into each other without too much thought: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Hey Diddle Diddle, Hush Little Baby and Hey Dee Ho. I sometimes add songs to the repertoire, but these are the favourites that they request when they are unwell. Pick songs you like – you are going to be singing them for many years to come.
Help your baby learn people’s names – including their own. He doesn’t know his name yet, so many of your conversations can be as stimulating as “Hello baby Jack, it’s Mummy!” or “Where’s Sarah? Here’s Sarah!”. Name people for your baby when you hand him over: “Here you go to Daddy” or “Do you want a cuddle with Nana?”
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