How do you understand a kid before he can talk? As the kids grow, they start to be more demanding. Things that worked yesterday don’t seem to work anymore. You found a trick that made him fall asleep? Too bad, that doesn’t work anymore. If only he could talk…
At 10 months he can’t say much. Nothing that I can understand anyway. Babbling around all kind of sounds but I try to listen anyway. Like listening for alien sounds going through space.
His words don’t say much but I can observe changes in his tone. There is frustration, so it’s hard for him too. And that makes me try even harder. There is also joy – after he hasn’t seen you for a while he will charge towards you almost screaming words of joy. Pleasure when he finds a new way to play with his toys.
Almost daily I repeat to him a few words: his name, mama, dada, papa(“food”), apa(“water”), a few words describing human needs that I won’t write here. And I try to repeat them in context in hope he will make a connection.
The road is long and from what I understand it takes a few months until he can talk. Most kids start speaking at about 12 months but it will take 18 months until the numbers of words increase and they start to combine them into simple sentences.
Until that happens I will be an expert in Klingon, Romulan, Ferengi and many more alien languages. Because thats how my son’s words sound like now. That will come in handy after he can talk properly, to test if he can still remember how he talked when he was a little baby.