Up until this realization, she had not really paid attention to the sounds other babies made, but after this revelation in her own family, she began to hear other babies making the same "words". This was even true when she traveled abroad for a business trip and heard the same words there too! Now, she knew she was onto something. Well, I decided that I would absolutely put her theories to the test with my daughter too. And, I came to hear the exact same words come out of my newborn baby's mouth, as well as every other baby that we have had since. The blessing that this knowledge has been for our family is significant. I am thankful that I am able to respond to my babies and have a good idea what it is that they need when they fuss.
The "words" that the babies say are five-fold. In no particular order, the first is "neh", which means hungry, or want to suck. The second is "eh", which means "I need to burp" or upper digestive discomfort. The third is "heh", which means pain or discomfort (I have heard this clearly when I accidentally scratch the baby with my nail when giving a diaper change, and one time when I accidentally clipped Lily's leg with the car seat buckle...ouch). The fourth is "ooahh" (looks like an O in the mouth and sounds kind of wahh-ish), which means tired. And, last but not least, the fifth is "arghh" (sounds like a deeper grunting noise), which means "I need to poop" or lower digestive "movement." I regularly hear all of these sounds, which is so neat every time.
The thing I find fascinating about all of this is the adaptability of babies. If a baby's word cues are heard and responded to in the initial weeks and months following birth, they will continue to make these sounds well throughout the first year, until another method of communication is provided (hand gestures, sign language, words, etc). But, if a parent does not respond to these cues and the baby must cry in order to receive a response, they will simply stop "saying" the "words" around the two month mark and go straight into the method of communication that gets their needed response (i.e. they will simply cry more and get there more quickly if that is what they need to do for their parent to respond). I find this so interesting.
I was able to capture a quick video of Taliya telling me she was hungry, so enjoy and tell me what you hear when you listen to your baby, or any baby, "talking". =0)