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Babbling is not just a load of nonsensical rubbish that babies produce, it is actually an important part of verbal development and without it talking would just never happen. Most baby's develop at a similar rate and you can spot the changes as follows:-
- Month 3 - this is the month when babbling and cooing and gurgling usually starts. It becomes apparent to the baby that everyone likes it (because we all laugh and encourage it) so they do it more and more!
- Month 6 - they will babble in conversation like a grown-up might. They watch and copy and imitate as much as they can.
- Month 9 - they can actually imitate the noises they hear and copy the adults and children around.
How to get your little one talking
By interacting with your baby, you can encourage your baby to learn to talk and to learn words and their meanings:-
- Make your voice and facial expression seem encouraging. Lots of smiles and praise to show you are happy with them and give them more confidence to do it again.
- Try making baby babble back to your child and see whether they enter into a "conversation" with you.
- Do some proper talking with them too: point to things and name them.
- Use different voices as well as your normal voice to get their attention.
- Sing songs, do rhymes and read books together - no matter how young the children are.
- Use props too if you can when signing (animals for Old MacDonald's Farm etc.)
- Use tools when chatting: baby microphone, toy telephone etc.