You may be one of the 5 million people who have watched the video of two twin baby boys having a spirited discussion using words no adults recognize. If you haven't seen it yet and would like to, click here.
What are babies saying? Lauren sounds so convincing as she chats away, sometimes not letting me get a word in edgewise. She also tries to communicate with our dog, Dixie. The two had a conversation yesterday, with Dixie howling at the top of the stairs, and Lauren at the bottom of the staircase, shouting back to her. Does Dixie understand what Lauren is saying? Wouldn't that be something. "Dixie" is Lauren's favorite word after all.
On a serious note, the American Academy of Pediatrics encourages parents and caregivers to encourage the noises their babies make. You can do this simply by talking to your baby throughout the day. Another way is when your baby stumbles upon a recognizable syllable to you, the AAP says you should repeat it back to them, then say simple words that contain that syllable. The exampble the Acadey gives is responding to "bah" with "bottle," "box" or "bonnet."
Lauren's vocabulary is slowly expanding. She is starting to say what I can interpret as "all done," though I don't think she fully grasps the meaning. When she says "all done" in the high chair, she often reaches for the remaining food on the tray. Perhaps she just wanted to get closer to the person represented in one of her other favorite words--"Mama."
How do you encourage language development with your children? What was your child's first words?