Crying, Cooing, Communication: Baby’s First Year

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Click here to view the crying, cooing, communication handout to accompany this video.

This video offers practical advice for parents and caregivers on how to help their baby reach important speech and language milestones during the first year, from crying to cooing, babbling, and talking.

Long before they say their first words, babies are developing communication skills. Communication is made up of two parts: receptive and expressive skills. Receptive skills are what babies take in, and expressive skills are what babies put out. Both skills begin to develop at birth, and your baby learns receptive and expressive communication skills by watching and imitating you.

It’s important to respond when baby cries, coos, or tries to communicate with you in any way. This shows them that you are listening, and that communication is a two-way street.

If you are concerned that your baby is not reaching their communication milestones, trust your instincts, talk to your healthcare provider, and don’t hesitate to schedule a screening with a speech-language pathologist.

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For more information of your child’s communication development, visit our communication page. 

Do you want to how activities that will help your baby reach their milestones? Enter their birth date on our Baby Games Calendar to see developmentally-friendly games to play week by week.