About the Research
Michael Goldstein, a professor at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, said that babbling serves as a tool for a baby to explore the social world and determine which people to pay attention to. He also says that babies don’t always have a lot of energy or focus. Throwing immature habits out there and seeing what comes back is a terrific tactic.
Two and five-month-old newborns, carers, and an unfamiliar adult, were all participants in the study. After interacting briefly with the babies, the strange adult turned to face the infant with a neutral or still expression. They also examined the attentiveness of the caregiver to the infants during free play.
Babies Babble, Researchers Listen!
While playing still-faced, five-month-old babies vocalized more than two-month-olds. This, according to researchers, demonstrates how interactions with caregivers help babies learn to anticipate replies.
Goldstein says that it’s the same as when you might press the button more often or try different buttons if the elevator doesn’t arrive when you want it to. Because your prediction didn’t come true, you become more experimental and do more things out of frustration. So go ahead and respond to those seemingly senseless babbles your new baby is producing; you’re assisting in their socialization.
Your face, voice, and reactions, can all have an impact on your child’s understanding of social cues. Remember that every baby develops at a different rate. But if you’re ever worried about your child’s growth, you can consult a pediatrician.