Babies communicate from birth, with cries and coos, and sweet little snuffling sounds. As they grow their ‘talking’ becomes more sophisticated and before you know it, you have a little person living in the room next to you. It’s all very exciting!
Here’s a talking timeline that will give an idea of the verbal milestone you have to look forward to in your baby’s first year:
- Birth to 3 months – Makes quiet cooing sounds when pleased, typically single vowel noises like “ahhh”.
- 2 to 3 months – Cries differently in different situations. As you get to know your baby, you may be able to distinguish a hunger cry from the cry he makes when he’s tired, for example.
- 3 to 4 months – Vocalises mostly vowels, but cooing becomes a little more sophisticated, with more varied sounds.
- 5 to 6 months – Practices intonation by making her voice rise and fall, often in response to baby talk and your facial expressions.
- 7 to 12 months – Begins to babble with greater diversity, making new sound combinations and intonations. Tries to imitate your speech, putting consonants and vowels together (like “bah-BAH-bah” or “dee-dee-dah”). Has pretend conversations with you, taking turns “talking.”
For more information on toddler, pre-schooler and ‘big kid’ milestones, read “Your child’s talking timeline” on babycenter.com.