Baby speech milestones happen slowly over time. While you and your baby should not feel pressure to accelerate the child’s progress, it is crucial to know when certain milestones will be reached.
It takes time to learn and get to a place where babies can form words or complete sentences. This blog will analyze the language development milestones that a baby undergoes.
Your Child’s Speech Milestones
1 – 3 Months
At this newborn stage, babies have limited language capability. They can coo and cry.
4 – 6 Months
Babies 4-6 months old have more variety in the sounds they can make. They can sigh, grunt, gurgle, squeal, laugh, and cry.
6 – 9 Months
Between 6 and 9 months, babies have had some time to learn speech patterns from you. Babies can now babble in syllables and imitate your vocal patterns.
At 1 year old, a baby will most likely be able to say at least a few words, including ‘mama’ and ‘dada.’ They will continue to babble syllables as they did at 6-9 months. The most significant change is that babies most likely are beginning to be able to understand you. When you direct their attention or focus, they respond accordingly. This includes looking where you look and laughing when others laugh.
At age 2, a child can put two words together in questions or statements. Toddlers can now use more complex words with a lot of consonants. A toddler can also use pronouns and identify body parts and objects.
Your baby can now follow complex instructions. You can now have real conversations with them about what they are doing. A toddler at this stage can also choose the right words for the things they are trying to identify or request.
Speech Milestones can Vary from Child to Child.
Babies will learn most of these skills by watching their parents interact and communicate with them and the people around them. Not reaching these milestones at the right stage may not indicate a problem, but parents may still want to consult experts for more information.
Written by: Gabrielle Goldson
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