Crawling, standing, and walking are the milestones of your baby’s development in motor skills. But, talking is also a big milestone in your baby’s language skills. Wondering when will your baby begin talking, is something new parents often do. As your baby grows up, you will see they use crying to draw your attention at first, then they will start babbling and then talking. Most babies will learn how to talk during their first 2 years. There are different stages in this process. So, let us show you these milestones and some tips for you to help your baby to begin talking.
Research shows that your baby starts to understand the language even as early as when it’s growing in your uterus. As they get used to your steady heartbeat, they tune into the sound of your voice and can recognize your voice better than others.
From Birth Till 3 Months
Crying is your baby’s first communication skill. You may hear different kinds of cries from your baby as they want to express different things to you. For example, A loud piercing scream may mean that your baby is hungry while a whimpering means that they need a diaper change. Over time, your baby will develop other adorable sounds like gurgles, sighs, or coos.
From 4 Months To 6 Months
At this stage, you may notice that your baby begins reacting to their surroundings. Whispers or babbles are an early stage of vocabulary development. They will try to combine consonants and vowels (such as “baba” or “Yaya”). At about 6 months your baby can respond to their name when called. Your baby’s first babbles often include “p,” “b,” and “m” sounds, which are produced by simply putting the lips together. As a result, no matter if you speak English, French or Japanese, you may hear “puh puh” or even ” Papa”, “mama” from your baby. This sure will melt your heart but it’s just a game for your baby as they like how they sound and how their mouth feels when they say these words. Don’t worry, your baby will equate “papa” and “mama” soon. But, positive reinforcement is encouraged!
From 7 Months To 12 Months
Your baby will be attentive to sounds and they will watch your mouth carefully. They will try to mimic the way your mouth moves and try to mimic tones and patterns similar to the ones you use. You may see your baby babble more frequently with more sounds. As your baby is mimicking everyone talking around them, you can help them babble by talking or reading stories to them.
From 13 Months To 18 Months
At this time, your baby is realizing the power of language when they want to communicate. Your baby now can produce several sounds and can speak one or two words with the right meaning. You will see your baby call mama or papa toward you when they need you. Your little ones may also change their tone as a way to communicate. For example, they may raise their tones while asking for carrying like “Up-py?”.
From 19 Months To 24 Months
Your baby may have a vocabulary of about 20 words at 18 months of age. They now understand much more than they can say. Your baby will learn more words every day so try to teach them good words. Furthermore, they will learn to connect two words to make basic sentences like “carry me” “. By the time they are 2-years-old your baby probably can speak 50 or more words. They may use two to four words in a sentence and may sing simple tunes. However, pronouns may still confuse your baby which is why they may say “Baby throw” instead of “I throw.” One other important thing to note is that every baby’s development is different. So if you notice that your baby can speak less than other babies, it’s fine. Just help them to practice more!
From 25 To 36 Months
As now your baby is becoming a toddler, they will learn how to use their voice at the right volume during communication. They should also start to know how to use pronouns like “I”, “me” and “you” as well. Between the age of 2 and 3, you will witness an explosion in your baby’s language skills.Your baby’s vocabulary will increase further and they will combine three or more words with nouns and verbs in a sentence like “I go now”. When they turn 3, your baby will be able to carry an understandable conversation with you. Their ability to understand also increases. Your child will begin to understand some commands like “put it on the table” or “put it under the bed”. Moreover, they will also begin to distinguish colors and understand descriptive concepts (such as big and small).
How to Help Your Baby Learn to Talk
You should spend lots of time talking to your baby since they are still in cribs. As your baby will imitate your sounds and gestures, the more you talk to them, the more word and sounds they will learn. Reading books and stories to your baby is a great way to help them learn to talk to children. You should read books for your baby when they reach 6 months. It is recommended that you choose books that your child can imitate, or have patterns that they can touch. Give them pictures and help them to try to name them. Take advantage of everyday situations to encourage your baby to speak and communicate. For example, name the food when you are in the store, explain what you are doing when you are cooking or cleaning the house or pointing to objects around the house
So you have the milestones for when will your baby begin talking. If you notice any irregularities, we would recommend consulting your doctor about it. We hope that the tips will help you and your baby. We’d love to know what your baby’s first words were, please let us know in the comments!