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After a baby is born, he or she begins to hear sounds and reacts to those sounds. As a parent, it is up to you to help develop these important communication skills. Newborns tend to make no noise other than crying, but after a while, they will start to make sighing sounds of happiness and contentment. These are the sweetest sounds to a parents' ears. Their baby is telling them that they are happy and content.

When a baby cries, it could be for many reasons. They could be wet, hungry, sleepy, in pain, too hot, too cold, the list could go on. Parents learn to distinguish between these cries and respond accordingly. Babies, in turn, respond to their parents. When they are crying and hear their parents' soothing voices, they know that they are going to be picked up and greeted with a smile, warmth and love.

It is very important for the baby's development, that their parents constantly communicate with them. They should be spoken to when feeding, dressing, bathing, playing, even when parents are cooking and cleaning. Babies need to hear the voices of their loved ones, so they can develop their own language skills. Parents should continually talk, even if it means telling the baby what you are doing and describing it, just so the baby hears language.

Once the baby can utter sounds and begins to babble, parents must respond as if they understand exactly what the baby is saying and respond with more words. They must act as if the baby is actually communicating, which they are! This babble back and forth is setting the foundation for the baby's future language and communication abilities. Eventually, the babble will magically transform into words and then sentences.

Parents need to help their babies learn words by constantly communicating with them through conversation and reading. Eventually, the babies will begin to speak and read on their own and parents will try to remember what it was like when their babies were making their first sighs of contentment!