During the first two years of a baby’s life, they are learning one of their most important skills: how to talk. However, before they utter their first word, they are analyzing how the adults around them communicate. They start by playing with sounds to try and imitate what they hear in their environment.
Oftentimes, the first words a baby might say are da-da or ba-ba-ba. This is because they are developing their speech and gaining neuromuscular and neurophysical control. This is why it is very important that parents talk to their children even before they understand words.
In fact,according to a study published in Infant Behavior and Development,babies in the womb are able to recognize words and even remember nursery rhymes if the mom repeats them between weeks 28 and 34.
Another study published in the February 2014 Pediatrics suggested that the more words a preterm baby hears while in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), the more they respond with sounds of their own. This means that preemies could be developing speech patterns in the NICU. The study also found that an increased amount of parent talk was linked to higher language and thinking scores when the babies were older.
The baby in this video is definitely on her way to learning words and becoming a great communicator!