Your baby will coo, chuckle, and squeal right from the third or fourth month after birth. It is also around the same time when the little one would be developing his/her first smile. The baby does this to attract attention and communicate and it is also an attempt to imitate different sounds from the surrounding.
Similar to crying, gurgling and cooing, accompanied by a chuckle or grin is also your baby’s way of connecting with you and telling you what s/he wants or needs. Your baby may also develop two or more different tones or sounds to express approval and disapproval, or like and dislike towards certain objects.
Some common sounds given out by babies are mentioned below:
- Squeals: High-pitched noises that generally mean that your little one is delighted. But sometimes it can also be an indication that s/he is severely uncomfortable and needs to be soothed at the earliest.
- Grunts: This throaty sound generally occurs in case of a bowel movement or while heaving a sigh, but your baby may also do it to relieve tension or to express frustration or boredom. One more reason that babies often grunt or snort is because of nasal congestion. Babies mostly breathe through nose only as this allows them to feed at the same time as breathing.
- Growl: A less-common noise that is produced by some babies as a reflex. It is believed to be done purposely by your baby as s/he likes the feeling it produces in her throat. It may also signal displeasure.
- Babbles: Your baby may try to speak, in a baby language of his/her own, starting from around the fourth or fifth month. Your child will start with the easiest sounds, like “p”, “b”, and “m”. You may also hear a lot of “puh puh puhs” or “buh buh buhs” at first.
In all these cases, parents should try and reciprocate their baby’s first attempts at communicating. For instance, when the little one pauses, babble back at him/her. Try new sounds and pitches to see if s/he will try to imitate you. Being responsive will only help teach him/her the patterns of speech and conversation.