Lately my 1 years old daughter has been making a lot of different sounds (apart from the usual crying & bickering.) I decided to try to capture these sounds on my phone, or I wrote down what type of sounds she was making at the time and what it sounded like. I also documented the time of day, her last feed and sleep time, what she/we was doing at the time, were we playing together or what was she doing. I also tried to pick what mood she was in.
Listening carefully to her every sound, apart from the whining, she does make a lot of different sounds. Why? – Well It’s the best way she communicates with us bigger people. From her squeals to her grunts, from her growling to her chuckles and her sighs, what the heck is a 1 year old sighing about??? Some of these noises put a smile on my face 🙂 and the other noises are just out there weird and she gets them from mother.
She and all babies I have come across are very social little people, making different sounds is their way of connecting with me and telling me a story or they might want something from me. These wacky noises are also a sign that daddy’s little girl is developing her talking skills.
After tracking her sounds, last feed, sleep times, moods, games / activities she or we played, a pattern was developing. So I created an experiment: – 1) No picking up the baby. 2) Make baby stop crying.
When she started to cry or was not in a happy place. I started to play her happy games, I would sit in the same place on the floor and encourage her to come to me and play with the same toys, I would laugh and be happier just to distract her from crying. After the many attempts in changing her mood – the short answer is * I FAILED * – I realised that little people are just like big people they have emotions and feelings and she is communicating with daddy her unhappy feelings and wants daddy to fix it.
The Solutions after many failed attempts I am reverting back to the original way – Pick her up, give her a hug and carry her.