Are Boys Louder Babies?

Christine - posted on 05/28/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My 5-month-old has started to shriek for no apparent reason. He usually does it when he's sleepy, but sometimes even when he's happy, he lets out 5-second-long banshee screams. Like... horror movie screams. Everybody I ask usually says something like, "Well, he's a boy! It's already started! Boys are just loud!" ... That doesn't seem like a good enough explanation for me. :)
So, what do you think? Are boys just louder? Is he just experimenting with his voice? It just doesn't go over so well in church on Sundays... :o)

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Christine - posted on 05/30/2009

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I kind of thought it was just something like that, but it's nice to hear it from someone who works with children professionally. Thanks for responding. :)

Jessica - posted on 05/30/2009

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I do developmental assessments for children from birth to age 3. Around 4 months I always make sure the kids make loud, screeching sounds. My professional opinion is that he is experimenting with his voice. It is also a good sign that this hearing is definitely on-track. Don't make a big deal of it. You could even play a game with him where if he shrieks, then you shriek, and then slowly quiet your shriek and eventually he will begin to copy you. My preference of this game is that when they shriek you respond by making a really quiet sound. Kids typically like to copy what you do and vice versa, so it may help him calm down. It will also help him play with the idea of "cause and effect".

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