Each child grows at a different pace. Children in Africa develop differently than in Europe, in Asia differently than in America. Some children show more courageous behavior, others are more fearful, some are already walking at 12 months, others do not speak before the age of 2. However, despite these major discrepancies, there are stages of development that apply to all babies in our cultural area, some of which reach earlier than others.
Parents can only partially support their child’s language development. However, in the first months of life, the baby is very pleased to hear that the parents respond to him and imitate the sounds he produces, or teach him new ones. In this period it is not essential to use the “baby language”: you can speak normally with your baby. Generally, he likes to hear your voice and the sound of simple speeches. Between 3 and 6 months, the baby begins to interact with toys that produce sounds or noises. Also, he likes to hear your comments on what’s going on, such as: “But how soft the sheep is.”
Perception, language and thought
The child manifests his needs very early. At 3 months, your baby cries differently depending on the reason (hunger, anger, boredom) and needs you to recognize what his needs are. But she doesn’t just cry: she hens and laughs often. At 6 months, he mumbles in different tones and is able to recognize other people’s moods.