& Language: Birth to 3 months
is your baby's first and only way of communicating with you
during the early weeks of life. She will cry to let you know
she is hungry. She will cry to let you know her diaper is
wet. She will cry to let you know she is unhappy. As she continues
to develop, she will begin to coo and she may be able to make
out vowel sounds such as "ah", "eh" and
your baby cannot talk or even really babble yet, her language
skills are forming. She is listening and learning about her
environment. She should startle if she hears a loud noise
and turn her head towards her mother's voice.
can help promote her speech and language development by singing
to her or reading to her. Talk to your baby often and expose
her to a variety of sounds and music.
& Language: 4 to 6 months
four and six months your child's speech and language begin
to blossom. What started out as simple cooing turns into full
fledge babbling. She should be able to make single syllable
consonants sounds including n, k, g, p, and b. The infamous
ga-gas and goo-goos may be heard now. She will laugh and smile
and of course still cry to communicate with you.
can encourage her language by playing with her often. Use
her name when you speak to her. Repeat sounds when she says
them to you and encourage her to repeat them back. Baby rattles
are appropriate toys at this age.
& Language: 7 to 9 months
baby's babbling will continue and progress to sound more like
real talking. She will make two syllable sounds such as mama
and dada. Although these sound a lot like words, she likely
has not associated them yet with a person or thing. She will
continue babbling, learning more and more new sounds during
this period. She is beginning to understand more too. She
can understand simple commands such as no-no. She likely has
a collection of words she understands now.
can encourage your child's language development through play.
Singing songs such as "Head and Shoulders, Knees, and
Toes" or playing games like "Where's your belly?",
"Where's your nose?", "Where's your toes?"
is a great way to expand your child's language.
& Language: 10-12 months
ten and twelve months you may hear your child's first word.
By a year most children can say 3-5 words. Besides beginning
to talk, your child's comprehension of the spoken language
begins to flourish. She may shake her head no, wave bye-bye,
and follow simple directions.
you can do to encourage her to talk include continuing to
read stories and nursery rhymes and playing games such as
peek-a-boo. Learning animal sounds can encourage even the
talking by a year is not usually an indicator of a
problem unless there are other signs of delays. Consult
your doctor if you are concerned about her language
and speech development.