The emergence of communicative gestures

Five month old baby Juli began to pat hard with her hand sometimes when she became excited or anxious (or whatever it was). But, a new development emerged that I began to notice a new milestone: communicative patting. Prior to this, she also vocalized "maaa maaa" in the past weeks.

In five months from manual cooing to nonverbal body language to gazing and reaching as a form of communication, now Juli communicated by patting hard with her hand on my arm when she wanted to go there or to reach something closer.

It's amazing how these communicative things can communicate so much information without any words.

To determine whether Juli actually communicated by patting, I took her to small works of art that I knew she loved so much looking at these works of mine.

Juli tapped hard on my arm till I moved her closer to the images. She stopped tapping when the artwork was close enough to look at.

Then I pulled her down. She tapped on my arm again. It went on again and again.

In the following weeks, Juli babbled her hands to get attention when she was in the rocker. She had been doing this for weeks. (m6w5)

Just for fun: handshake

To follow up with Juli's learning from last week, I wanted to see if Juli remembered the handshake.

Video clip: Juli responded to the mother's offer to handshake.