Your Child now coos and gurgles. The little one has discovered, besides crying, another way to communicate verbally — a huge step on a child’s path to language development.
At around 6 weeks after their birth, children begin cooing, gurgling, or producing vowel sounds such as “ooh” and “aah”. Being able to communicate verbally and hearing themself “speak” is a very big deal for babies and builds their confidence. They are now able to make themselves heard, without crying.
For most babies, this milestone occurs somewhere between 1-3 months. If Your Child achieves it later, don’t worry.
How to support this development
Hold Your Child and look into the little one’s eyes while speaking in a high-pitched, upbeat voice, and then, pause for a response; show Your Child that you are listening by smiling and maintaining eye contact. When you hear Your Child make a sound, repeat it back to your little one and wait for Your Child to reply with another sound. This will spark your baby’s interest in listening and exploring verbal communication!
Note: All children develop differently and at their own pace. For children born preterm, the referred timeframe for achieving the various developmental milestones might be incorrect.
Source: The information and graphs about when children reach specific milestones are taken from various sources, including the United States Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Denver Developmental Screening Test, and the State Institute of Early Childhood Research, Germany (IFP).
Ketsupa Jirakarn (Mental health specialist) (9 June 2021)