When you grow up and graduate from college, you will be proud to have put this into practice.
Starting at week 18 of gestation, a baby can begin to hear his mother’s voice, which will be extremely important to recognize that same voice outside the uterus. But in addition to the voice of their parents, babies need to hear the voices of other children, which will positively influence their development.
According to research by the Acoustic Society of America, babies like to hear the voices of other babies, and they pay more attention to the sounds a pair makes, rather than the voices of an adult. Specifically, research suggests that even in the pre-babbling stage, babies recognize vowel sounds, but tend to linger on these sounds when they come out of babies’ mouths.
The author of the study, Linda Polka, this study highlights the importance of the vocal manifestation of babies, as this influences the receptive, expressive and motivational aspects of speech development. “Babies’ vocalizations are quite powerful, infant speech seems to capture and hold infant attention, sometimes provoking positive emotions. This can motivate babies to be active and assess their own vocalizations, perhaps energizing and supporting spoken language development, “said Polka.
The influence on language
Just as it is important to expose your child to the voices of other children, it is extremely important that you and your husband continue to speak to him every day, in every everyday situation. In this way, orality will play an important role in your child’s future language, which could determine academic success in his life.
It is proven that the mother’s voice has a positive influence on the cognitive and emotional development of children. So if you are pregnant, start talking to your baby; he can hear you. And if you have a small baby, don’t stop talking to him every day at all times, when you bathe him, change him, feed him, etc. And if you accompany each action with words, much better (“now we are going to eat”, “now I’m washing your hands”, for example).
Listen to each other
Apparently when your baby hears another baby goo goo-ga ga, they not only really enjoy those sounds, but it also gives their brains a boost, which plays a critical role in language development.
Therefore, this study is a good reason to continue putting into practice those meetings with your friends and their children, where babies have the opportunity to hear the voices of other children, and also can socialize with their peers.
When a baby, from an early age, is exposed to other people’s sounds and voices, he is socializing. So it is important that as mothers we can include our children in some social gatherings, or organize meetings with other mothers with children so that our baby can adapt and become familiar. So while you catch up with your friends, your child stimulates their language.
How to Auditory Stimulate My Baby
The baby pays attention to all the sounds around him, we already know that, as the study mentions, he will pay special attention to the sound that his peers make. Therefore, you can continue to stimulate your baby in a pleasant and daily way as you have been doing.
Organize meetings with friends who have children
Read him a story every night (even if he doesn’t understand what he says, he will get used to this positively)
Sing to him at all times (in the car, when you shower him, when you change his clothes)
Sit your baby next to another baby to interact
Play a variety of music in your home during the day
Reinforce his chirps and vocalizations by repeating them after him
When your child grows up, you will be grateful for helping him develop his language. Continue stimulating your baby as you have been doing, and continue to share good times with friends, while your children enjoy each other’s company.