Not only is it important to converse with your baby so he can learn language, intonation, and pitch (see infant stimulation activity 31) but it is just as important to encourage the sounds he is already making. To do this simply mimic his sounds. When you are both relaxed, happy, and ready for some fun, repeat a sound he is making, especially those that are common to your language. For example, if your baby says "ma ma" then you should look happy by smiling and clapping, and then you should repeat "ma ma." Your baby will understand that making those sounds makes you happy. He will therefore be more likely to continue to repeat them.