Babies make many noises, probably the most commonly associated of them is crying, yet they do try out other noises. In the first year a baby will make a range of sounds, some will be wonderful, like a baby gurgle, and others rather strange, like a random growl
Squeals are high pitched noises that a baby normally makes when it is happy, but it can also be more of a shriek if something unpleasant is happening, such as cutting their nails. To encourage this ability a parent could respond in a certain tone to promote the use of a squeal when a positive stimulus is in play.
Initially grunts are commonly heard when a baby is having a bowel movement, however it can also be used as a way to relieve tension and express boredom or frustration. Towards the end of the first year a baby could use grunts as a way to express they want something, and if a parent acts upon said grunt, then the baby can make the connection between language being able to produce action.
Slightly less common than other noises made by a baby, the growl is a reflex like crying and gurgling, yet a baby may continue to growl because they like the feeling in their throat. As a baby gets older they may growl to express displeasure such as when they don’t want to be licked insatiably by the family dog or when they’re not getting fed fast enough.
Around the age of four months a baby may start to chuckle. This is initially a response to a physical stimulus such as tickling them or blowing air on their belly. After time they will start to laugh at something external such as when they fling their food across the table and sees the look on a parents’ face. Too encourage this behavior to develop their sense of humor is very simple, keep doing silly things.
A baby will start to sigh naturally when they are just a few weeks old. Sighing feels good and a baby will eventually start to sigh because of the way they like the parents’ reaction. Sighing can be a baby’s way of telling a parent that they are relaxing and content.
At around the age of 4 to 6 months a baby will start to babble, producing a steady flow of sounds that resemble consonants and vowels. They will start with the easiest sounds such as “p,” “b” and “m.” After they have more practice they will start to produce a string of sounds such as “pah pah, ba ba, muh muh”. Those sounds will eventually become more distinguishable to a parents’ ear, for example: “muh muh” may become mama and “b aba” may become bottle.
At birth a baby is still attached to the umbilical cord which is rich in stem cells, the very building blocks of the new born. Very soon after birth, normally immediately, they will start to cry to try and clear up their lungs.
- During the first year babies are only really active for around 3 minutes every hour during the day, this is even less at night.
- At birth a baby has 300 parts to his skeleton, mostly cartilage which turns into bone as they grow, leaving them with 206 when they are grown up.
- A baby’s head accounts for roughly ¼ of his entire body length and his brain accounts for 10% of their body weight. The rest of the body has yet to grow into proportion.
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