Did You Know That Babies Speak Faster When You Do This? Did You Know That Babies Speak Faster When You Do This?
People might look at you strangely as you wander through the supermarket having enthusiastic conversations with your baby when you receive only “goos” and... Did You Know That Babies Speak Faster When You Do This?

People might look at you strangely as you wander through the supermarket having enthusiastic conversations with your baby when you receive only “goos” and “gaas” in return. However, new research shows those one-sided conversations are actually helping switch on the mechanics in your little one’s brain which are needed to say their own words one day.

The University of Washington study of 57 babies aged between seven and 11 months found speech sounds – often exaggerated when adults speak to babies in “parentese” – stimulate areas of the brain that coordinate and plan motor movements for speech.

The infants’ brain activity was measured by a brain scanner which uses a noninvasive technique called magnetoencephalography to take readings.

The babies each listened to a series of native and foreign language syllables such as “da” and “ta” while researchers monitored their brain activity. The researchers observed brain activity in an auditory area of the brain responsible for planning the motor movements required for producing speech.

“Most babies babble by seven months, but don’t utter their first words until after their first birthdays,” co-director of the university’s Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences Patricia Kuhl said.

“Finding activation in motor areas of the brain when infants are simply listening is significant, because it means the baby brain is engaged in trying to talk back right from the start, and suggests that seven-month-olds’ brains are already trying to figure out how to make the right movements that will produce words.”

Interestingly, activation occurred in the seven-month-old babies’ brains when listening to sounds in their native language as well as in a foreign language, showing that infants of this age are responding to all speech sounds. But by 11 to 12 months of age, infants’ brains increase in motor activation to the non-native speech sounds relative to native speech. Researchers believe this shows that more effort is required for a baby to predict these foreign speech sounds, meaning the experience of listening to sounds from their native language in the previous months has already helped develop their language perception.

Professor Kohl believes the results are proof of the importance of talking to babies during social interactions, even if they’re not yet talking back.

“Hearing us talk exercises the action areas of infants’ brains, going beyond what we thought happens when we talk to them,” she said. “Infants’ brains are preparing them to act on the world by practicing how to speak before they actually say a word.”


Source: EssentialBaby

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  • Jaquelle

    2017-05-01 #1 Author

    Wow that’s interesting !


  • Jastine Sarahan

    2017-05-01 #2 Author

    Wow great idea!!


  • Jenny

    2017-05-01 #3 Author

    That’s cool , my baby is kinda talking


  • Jontae

    2017-05-01 #4 Author

    My baby coos when I talk to him in the mornings. I’m going to keep on talking and reading to him. He is only 1 month old


  • Trystin

    2017-05-01 #5 Author

    I believe this to be true! I talk to my 2 month old and she babbles already like she understands! It’s crazy


  • Maya Nyree

    2017-05-01 #6 Author

    Honestly glad u read will do this with my child


  • Sharice

    2017-05-01 #7 Author

    More likely when baby hears you speaking they gonna wanna speak as well , it’s just a copy cat thing


  • kash

    2017-05-01 #8 Author

    this is so helpful i’ll deff be trying this!


  • Kathy Stokes

    2017-05-01 #9 Author

    While pregnant I would have storytime with my unborn by putting headphones to my stomach. My children girls would move and kick a lot but my son would get in comfortable position and lay there, today he loves to read while the girls would rather listen to music lol.


  • Breeanna Reditt

    2017-05-01 #10 Author

    I guess I need to start trying this to get my boys to talk faster !


  • Kiena

    2017-05-01 #11 Author

    Wow, I needed to know this


  • Mia

    2017-05-01 #12 Author

    Its true i tried it !


  • Lulu

    2017-05-01 #13 Author

    My little girl talks very well she picks up what we say.


  • LaToya Silmon

    2017-05-01 #14 Author

    Wow!! This is very interesting although I might say I’m not that surprised lol babies have allot to say


  • Sierra

    2017-05-01 #15 Author

    This is really cool and true


  • Alysha sims

    2017-05-01 #16 Author

    This article was very helpful in understanding babies and knowing when your talking to babies you are teaching them to communicate back with you, they look at your lips to learn


  • Devona thomas

    2017-05-01 #17 Author

    I talk to my twins everyday as if they were my best friends. My family thinks I’m crazy but they are 10 months and say hi, bye,mom, dad and no. This article was great


  • Emonie

    2017-05-01 #18 Author

    Just by observing my son who is 9 months I believe that this is very much true I do sounds and abc’s and words with him everyday weather he can say them or not


  • Hannah

    2017-05-02 #19 Author

    Wow, I hope this actually works lol


  • Aaliyah Rawls

    2017-05-02 #20 Author

    Very helpful information


  • Chennon boyd

    2017-05-02 #21 Author

    Hmmm very helpful


  • Shirrel jones

    2017-05-02 #22 Author

    I hope that it work. I be talking to my baby a lot she 8 month because I really want her talk really soon because she a really smart baby


  • Siera

    2017-05-02 #23 Author

    My family members told me this and I believed them right away


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