Prep: None / Activity Time: 3-5 Minutes

As a newborn, your infant’s communication consists mainly of cries and burps! However, it is not long before he starts making noises and sounds that are close to the sounds you make as you talk (coos and oohs). As you react to these sounds your infant makes, you will have your first “conversations” with your little one.

Step 1: Choose a time when your infant is awake and alert and listen for him to make sounds.

Step 2: Respond to your child’s sounds by mimicking the sounds and building the sounds into an interaction between you and your child. It might go something like this:

Infant: “Ooooohhhh, Ooooohhhh.”
Parent: “Ooooohhhh. You like looking at your big brother, don’t you? Ahhh.”
Infant: “Ooooohhhh.”
Parent: “Ooooohhh. Your big brother is making funny faces at you! It’s so funny!”

Step 3: Continue this type of interchange as long as your baby is engaged and interested. Even though your infant is not aware, these are some of his first conversations.