13 Things Babies Are Secretly Trying To Tell You

Babies aren’t just all about their googoos and gagas. Babies as young as six months can understand a wide range of words, and IBM’s 5 in 5 predicts it won’t be long before technology will be able to translate what they’re saying in response. But in the mean time, here are some guesses as to what a few babies are trying to say.

1. “I don’t always wink, but when I do it’s because my daddy just did.”

allison / CC BY 2.0 / Flickr: scrapstothefuture

Baby fact: Babies learn by watching, and this tot is a great example of mimicking behavior.

2. “Can you believe those shoes Rashonda’s wearing? They totally clash with her belt, jeez.”

Micah Sittig / CC BY 2.0 / Flickr: msittig

Baby fact: Four month old babies express pain, fear and discomfort through crying.

3. “I don’t know why this guy’s pressing his big fuzzy face against me, but this lady I don’t mind as much.”

Harsha K R / CC BY-SA 2.0 / Flickr: mynameisharsha

Baby fact: By the end of month eight, babies respond differently to different family members.

4. “Gimme a goo! Gimme a ga! Goo goo ga ga!”

Caitlin Regan / CC BY 2.0 / Flickr: caitlinator

Baby fact: Babies babble and amuse themselves with new noises around their fourth month of life.

5. “I do love me a good half windsor.”

Paul Inkles / CC BY 2.0 / Flickr: dumfstar

Baby fact: Many researchers believe that addressing a newborn with cooing “baby talk” instead of normal adult speech can aid a baby’s mental development. This photo is an example of perhaps treating a child like an adult a little too soon.

6. “I’m not ready to live life out on the open sea though…”

Robert Murphy / CC BY-SA 2.0 / Flickr: imurphy

Baby fact: Eight month olds begin to experience separation anxiety.

7. “I was told there would be a prince charming here, but all I see is myself. I am not amused.”

Peter Morrison / CC BY 2.0 / Flickr: petriemax

Baby fact: Babies begin to recognize themselves in a mirror by the end of month nine.

8. “I just looove what you’ve done with the decor.”

Jeremy SALMON / CC BY-ND 2.0 / Flickr: jeremysalmon

Baby fact: Babies first smile socially between four and six weeks after birth.

9. “I feel a disturbance in the force.”

liz west / CC BY 2.0 / Flickr: calliope

Baby fact: By the end of month five, babies understand cause and effect.

10. “Orange totally brings out my eyes.”

James Willcox / CC BY-SA 2.0 / Flickr: snorp

Baby fact: Four month old babies respond to all colors and shades.

11. “If you say peekaboo one more time…”

Chris Wiegand / CC BY-SA 2.0 / Flickr: chriswiegand

Baby fact: Babies start playing peekaboo by month seven.

12. “The secret to soft baby hair is drool. I drool on it twice daily to maintain its soft silky texture.”

aubrey / CC BY-ND 2.0 / Flickr: ob1

Baby fact: Most newborns will lose all the hair that they are born with over the course of their first three to four months of life.

13. “See the taco. Feel the taco. Be one with the taco.”

Kyle and Kelly Adams / CC BY 2.0 / Flickr: kyleandkelly

Baby fact: By the end of their twelfth month babies may form an attachment to an item.

In the future we won’t have to guess what babies are saying anymore. IBM’s 5 in 5 predicts that computers will be able to interpret them for us.

Learn more at IBM.

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