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Le babillage

When your baby is a few months old, he will start to make sounds such as "ba"  and "da". This babbling is the first step in

learning to speak and one of the means to tell us how he feels.  Other than his crying, he develops a new way of communicating his feelings.

When he makes these sounds, your baby wants to communicate with you and he expects you to respond.


When you respond to your baby’s babbles, you teach him to communicate better, and you encourage him to communicate his feelings at this early age.

When you respond to your baby when he babbles

he knows you are listening to him.
he learns that what he is saying is important.
When you talk to your baby while playing with him

he learns to become more sociable.
he learns to play with you.
he repeats the sounds you make and learns to talk.

When you read to your baby

he learns that words and pleasant feelings go well together.
he likes to listen to the sound of your voice.
he has the opportunity to hear new words and new sounds.


Practice to encourage this babbling: you can play "Each one in his turn".

Baby makes a sound.

Make the same sound and wait.

Baby makes the sound again.

You repeat the sound again and it continues.

Try to see what happens if you stop the game and your baby wants to continue…

You are now communicating!  At the same time, the baby learns how to communicate his feelings.




Following are some nursery rhymes and songs that you can tell or sing to your baby:


Ten little Indians

One little, two little, three little Indians

Four little, five little, six little Indians

Seven little, eight little, nine little Indians

Ten little Indian boys.

Ten little, nine little, eight little Indians

Seven little, six little, five little Indians

Four little, three little, two little Indians

One little Indian boy.


                                                             Nursery rhymes

Itsy Bitsy Spider


The itsy bitsy spider climbed up the waterspout.

Down came the rain and washed the spider out.

Out came the sun and dried up all the rain and the itsy bitsy spider climbed up the spout again.


Alternately touch the thumb of one hand to the index finger of the other.
Hold both hands up and wiggle the fingers as the hands are lowered.

Sweep the hands from side to side.

Raise both hands and sweep to the sides to form a semicircle (the sun).

Wiggle fingers upwards. (as in the first line)


Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker's man'

Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker's man.

Bake me a cake as fast as you can;

Roll it, Pat it and mark it with B,

Put it in the oven for baby and me.

 Patty cake, patty cake, baker's man.

Bake me a cake as fast as you can;

Roll it up, roll it up;

And throw it in a pan!

Patty cake, patty cake, baker's man.

Patty cake, patty cake, baker's man.

Bake me a cake as fast as you can;

Roll it up, roll it up;

Put it in a pan;


Even though the baby may not understand the words, he likes to hear your voice; he likes the rhythm and the gestures.  When you sing a song for him, it should preferably be short. You can sing while dancing with him or while rocking him, and make sounds and gestures.