Why Does My Baby Growl So Much?
It may be concerning for a parent to hear their baby growling. Babies often don’t have a large vocabulary to express how they are feeling so they resort to growling. Here are a few reasons why your baby may be growling:
They Are Trying to Communicate
Your baby is still learning to communicate with you, so growling may be one of their earliest attempts. Baby growling can also be an early way for them to grab your attention. Babies may use this vocalization to signal something isn’t quite right or to ask for something. Try to pinpoint what they may need or how they are feeling so you can intervene accordingly.
They Are Frustrated
Very much like adults, babies can feel frustrated. The frustration can result in outbursts of growling. This could be because they are unable to verbalize their feelings of anger, pain, or fear. It could also be because their wants and needs are not being met when they want them to be.
They Are Imitating You
Babies are like sponges and observe everything. They may also imitate the people around them, including their parents. If you are growling while interacting with your baby, they may imitate the sound as a game.
Engage With Your Baby
If your baby is growling, the best thing to do is to engage with them.
- Talk and sing to your baby. Talking and singing to your baby is an excellent way to help them learn to develop their communication skills.
- Offer comfort and security. When babies feel secure, they are more likely to stay calm and feel secure. Hold and cuddle your baby if they are growling to provide them with comfort.
- Listen to their needs. Pay attention to why your baby may be growling and respond appropriately. Being attentive may also reduce their need to growl.
Growling is a normal part of a baby’s emotional development. If your baby is growling more than usual, try to determine why and respond in a way that encourages your baby’s communication. If you are concerned, do not hesitate to consult your pediatrician for further advice.