Five Talking Milestones for Babies From Birth to 12 months

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!

Five talking milestones for babies from birth to 12 months

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