You and your baby are “talking” to
each other even though he doesn’t say words
yet. You are doing what comes naturally. You
are using body language as well as words.
Body language includes what you do with
your face, the tone of the sounds and words
you make, singing, eye contact and body
movements. You can show love for your baby by hugging him and rocking
him. You can show love by playing with him and smiling at him. He will"talk" back to you with coos, wiggles and smiles.
Even at three months, your baby knows the sound of your voice from other
people’s voices. He will make eye contact with you to "say" that he knows
you are his mom or dad. He will turn toward you and brighten when he
sees and hears you.
You are learning to “speak” your baby’s language, too. You can tell the
difference when he is crying because he is hungry or because he needs
changing. You can tell when he’s crying because he wants you to hold him.
You have learned when he is tired of playing or has had enough to eat
because he turns away or stiffens his body. He will make sounds other than
crying to let you know how he feels or what he wants. You can tell when he
wants some quiet time to just look around or to take a nap.
Talking with your baby lets him know he is loved and you care about him.
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