Your child will still take a while to start speaking, but that doesn’t mean your won’t be able to communicate until then. Much to the contrary! Besides gaining new sensory and motor abilities, your baby is slowly testing out what works and what doesn’t when it comes to calling on other people’s attention.

Before they start crying, for example, the child will gesture – such as put up their little arms in your direction – and make noises. This is more common when you walk away from them or they see you leaving, so don’t forget to say goodbye.

Another attitude might be to “protest” whenever they don’t want something – like putting on an outfit or getting out of the bath – or when an adult tries to take a toy from them.

Laughter, on the other hand, is more commonplace and delectable: it serves to show contentment and joy when they see someone, to express they want affection and even as a way to imitate their parents or siblings during playtime. Don’t forget to catch it on video, especially when they have a laughing fit!