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    Decode Your Baby's Cooing and Gurgling - Know Why and How You Should Encourage
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    11 July 2016

    Decode Your Baby's Cooing and Gurgling - Know Why and How You Should Encourage

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    Crying is your baby’s first form of communication and it continues to be a baby’s primary means of communication for many months. In the first few months after your baby’s birth you will also realize your baby cries differently each time for different things. Besides crying, gurgling and cooing are two different forms of communication with parents.


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    When Do Babies Start Cooing?
    When Do Babies Start Gurgling?
    What Exactly Are These Sounds?
    Where Do Coos and Gurgles Fit in with Development?
    What Should You Do To Encourage These Sounds?

    When Do Babies Start Cooing?

    For a first few weeks after the birth, the form of communication that babies use is crying. Hunger, sleep, or any other form of distress is expressed by crying. But, at around 2 months of age, babies start cooing. Babies use the back of their throat to make this sound. While cooing, they generally produce vowel sounds, such as oh-oh or ah-ah. This is an important aspect of their development stage and as a parent, you should try to promote it by responding back.

    When Do Babies Start Gurgling?

    Like cooing, babies start gurgling between 6 weeks and 3 months. Babies cannot swallow extra saliva that builds up in their mouths up until 1 year; so, sometimes this saliva drools out of the mouth or is collected at the back of their throat. This leads to a sound, which is called gurgling.

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    What Exactly Are These Sounds?

    The different sounds that babies make is the first step to their growth. Find out what these sounds mean:
    • Coos: On reaching 2 months of age, babies start experimenting with their tongue and voice. Hence, they start cooing. This sound is the first indication that your baby is warming up for her first word.

    • Gurgles: A baby gurgles when she is unable to swallow her saliva. Making these two sounds is an important milestone for your child’s development.

    On reaching this stage, babies begin practising movements of their lips, palate, and tongue that are requisite to forming proper speech. Babies start understanding that these sound have an effect on you. They will communicate with you with a variety of sounds. Your little one will respond to your smiles with hers. Your baby may also mimic your facial expressions.

    WATCH: Development Milestones of Babies Between 0 and 3 Months


    Along with cooing and gurgling, babies at the age of 0-3 months, also start showing some other development traits. Following are the development milestones which you can observe in your baby:
    • Babies recognize familiar faces and objects.
    • Now, they can hold objects, raise their arms, and sit with support.
    • Babies can also roll from side to their back.
    • At this age, their vision gets better.
    • Babies pay attention to voices and respond by cooing.
    • Babies also lie on their tummy; it improves their motor skills.

    Where Do Coos and Gurgles Fit in with Development?

    Babies discover their ability to vocalize and soon they start experimenting with their own sounds— the result is cooing and gurgling. It may seem too early to you and even come as a pleasant surprise, but it is only natural development trait and shows that your baby’s language skills are developing.
    Along with this, babies even start communicating by doing other activities, such as:
    1. Smiling at the sound of a parent’s voice
    2. Imitating sounds and making social contact
    3. Paying close attention to new faces as well as their surroundings
    4. Responding to sounds by cooing, and making sounds when talked to

    What Should You Do To Encourage These Sounds?

    A child's growth is the responsibility of the parents. Be it a young adult or a baby, children need support and encouragement from their parents to do any activity. When your baby is in her early development phase, you must respond back to inspire them to keep continuing.Here is what you need to do when a baby is trying to communicate with you:
    1. Respond Appropriately:

      Babies love listening to the voice of their mother and close ones. So, talk, coo or sing to your baby as often as you can. Respond zealously to your baby’s sounds and smiles. When your baby starts cooing, try to have small conversations with her. When she makes a sound, repeat it with a smile. This is a form of encouragement to ask her to continue. Your baby will be happy and will expect your response. Through this exercise, baby learns about different tones. Also, while involved in your day to day tasks, talk to your baby. Your baby will learn about new things and new words.

    2. Let Your Baby Know Her Importance:

      When you respond to your baby after listening attentively, you give the message that your baby’s cooing sounds or any activity is important to you. When your baby is cooing, gurgling, or babbling, do not ignore it. Pay attention to whatever she is trying to convey by means of those sounds. When you listen to your child, she will know she can trust you.

    Patience is the key at this stage because it is not easy to understand your child’s sounds and cries and pay attention to each of them. However, once you get a hang of things, it is very encouraging and also serves as an important developmental aspect of your child’s life.

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