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Coos Back and Forth with Caregiver (1-4 Months)

In their first months, most babies begin to make cooing sounds. Some believe infants at this age begin to participate in a “conversation” with parents and caregivers. These early “conversations” primarily consist of cooing sounds back and forth, usually after a feeding or when an infant is contented. These “conversations” may form the basis for later communication patterns.


Locke, J. (1993). The child’s path to spoken language. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.