Why Does My Baby Blow Bubbles?

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Why Does My Baby Blow Bubbles?

In its first year of life, your baby undergoes a gigantic development. Also in the field of speech. Blowing spit bubbles is part of this: this way your child exercises the muscles he needs to be able to speak later on.

Your baby can only cry at first, but after a few weeks, he will make the first sounds. At first, he does not do this consciously, it’s a reflex. Sometimes he is shocked by the sounds he produces.

The older your baby gets, the more sounds he will make consciously. And in his first year, he will start to say real words.

Drooling and blowing bubbles

When your baby is about 16 weeks old, he will probably start making the first conscious noises.

Usually, that sounds like ‘aaaa’, ‘oooo’ and ‘eeee’. Then there are gurgling sounds of saliva in the back of his throat.

He will happily blow bubbles with his saliva.

Why Does My Baby Blow Bubbles?

Bubbles are a great exercise to train all the muscles of the mouth and tongue needed to talk. Your child will also increasingly try to imitate sounds.

After this phase, your child will be able to express a lot of feelings by making noise. From about four months, he can laugh when he finds something funny and – unfortunately – also scream.

Think of it as proper training of the vocal cords.

Communicating by blowing bubbles

As said: by blowing bubbles, drooling, and pursing its lips, a baby prepares its mouth to be able to communicate with it later. He trains his mouth muscles to learn to talk to you.

Think of it as a kind of workout for your baby; this way he learns how to regulate his voice and change its volume.

He trains the mouth, lips, and tongue to navigate and force the right sounds.

Blowing bubbles and making noises allows him to use the muscles of his lips to separate his jaw and tongue.

And that is not only useful in connection with speech development: it is also a crucial skill for when your child starts eating with a spoon, when receives nutrition that is not completely mashed and when he starts drinking from a glass.

Stimulating speech development

Obviously, it is not yet possible to actually talk to your baby when he is still small. Yet you can already do something to stimulate his speech: and that is to stimulate his listening skills.

You do this by talking to your child a lot, singing to him, and giving him toys that make noise.

When you talk to your child, make sure he can hear you clearly. Make sure there is little background noise, speak clearly, and make a lot of eye contact.

Encourage your child when he ‘talks’ back, by babbling he will train his mouth muscles, lips, and tongue.

By responding to his sounds, your baby will understand that this is a way of getting your attention and eventually communicating with you.

It’s just a matter of time before he doesn’t stop talking at all 😁.

If my baby is blowing bubbles, is that a cause for concern?

Blowing bubbles is usually a normal phase of speech development, but if your baby is drooling excessively and is looking sick, he may have difficulty swallowing. In that case, go to your doctor immediately to have an examination.

Sometimes if a baby is blowing bubbles it can be a sign of Reflux.

My baby doesn’t babble

Each child starts babbling at their own pace and will start to talk later.

When should I worry that my baby is not babbling?

But if your child is still not producing any sound at eight months, it is time to go to the clinic or to see the doctor. It could mean that his speech development is not going well or that he has difficulty hearing.

This article is not medical advice, if you are in doubt you should always contact a doctor.

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