Cannot wait for your little one to say “mama” or “dada”? Hearing your baby talk for the first time is the most precious memory that you will hold on to for a lifetime. Of course, you are counting days and wondering, “When will my baby start totalk?”
Talking is one of the most important developmental milestones and here is everything that you need to know about it.
The first few sounds When the baby is about 4-6 months old, he or she begins to babble and combines certain sounds. “Baba, yaya” or even “dada and mama” are words that the baby will probably say at this age. However, the baby does not understand the meaning of these words yet. It is only when they are seven to 12 months of age that the babies tries to imitate your tone of voice and almost begins to make sense.
The talking period
The age between 13 to 18 months is when the child really develops n understanding of language. They will say words
and will modify the tone to convey the meaning. For example, the baby may say “up” with a raised tone to ask you if you will carry him or her. It is when they are 19 to 24 months of age that babies actually pick up more words and start using two words at once to make basic sentences.
When the child is about 2 years old, he or she will make up to four word sentences and will also be able to sing short
rhymes. Usually, by the time they are three, babies will have a more structured way of talking and will be able to convey messages and also understand what you are saying to him or her.
Signs of concern
Delayed speech should not be neglected. It may require the assistance of a speech and language pathologist as it could also indicate hearing problems. Here are some signs of concern:
The baby does not make any eye contact or say vowelsounds even at the age of 6 months.
He or she is still not babbling at the age of 12 months.
The baby does not follow simple instructions and is unable to perform actions like pointing at objects even at 13
months of age.
Even at three years of age, he or she is only using single and two word sentences.
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