This film will show how newborn babies establish relationships and communication with their parents. Shammy is Noreen's first child; Louise is Tim and Maxine's first baby; and Helen is Bernard and Hillary's third child. See them interact with their newborns.
Adults encourage babies to be expressive and speak to them as if they understand; babies will learn they can elicit a response. Hillary talks to Helen during a breastfeeding pause. Mothers' voices and faces are most interesting to newborns.
Parents can talk to babies while changing diapers. Noreen interprets Shammy's cries as indicating hunger or discomfort, or seeking attention. Sometimes causes of distress are unclear; parents must experiment with responses.
At six weeks old, Helen has a variety of expressions and responds to her mother's tone. By two months, babies engage in "conversations" with caregivers and recognize family members.
Hillary describes Helen's body language; Maxine discusses how Louise responds to her verbal cues. By three months, Shammy uses voice, hand and mouth movements to communicate with his mother. Louise has a "conversation" with her parents while eating.
Credits: Born to Talk: Birth to Three Months
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Understanding babies’ subtle communications during the first three months can be quite a challenge for parents and practitioners alike. This program follows three babies as they develop and looks at how to interpret their non-verbal gestures. It presents clear and delightful examples of how to engage with babies right from birth, showing how to support early interactions and conversations and read signals.
Length: 24 minutes
Copyright date: ©1996
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