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When do Babies start talking?

When do Babies start talking?

When do babies start talking?

As with other developmental milestones, the specific age at which babies start talking can vary from child to child, so allow some time for your child to start talking if he hasn’t talking and remember to seek medical help anytime you are concerned

The stages of speech and language development are usually the same for all kids but the age at which kids develop them varies. Babies generally learn to talk during the first two years of life. Some babies will babble “mama” and “dada” well before their first birthday and from then on he’ll pick up more words from you and everyone around using his tongue, lips, palate, and any emerging teeth to make sounds.

Most toddlers are able to form two-to four-word sentences between 18 months and 2 years and become increasingly able to use words to describe what they see, hear, feel or want.

How babies learn to talk

For babies that are raised in bilingual homes, language and speech milestones are expected to occur at the same time for both languages.

Ever wonder how month old babies almost always turn when they hear their mothers speak? According to researchers, babies start understanding language while in the womb. Just as your unborn baby gets used to the steady beat of your heart, she tunes into the sound of your voice and can discern yours from others.

Birth to 12 months

You know how you can tell (after months of patience and learning)what your baby’s cry means? Let’s just say that’s how they start communicating. From the cries, they start cooing and babbling and at about 6 months, some babies can respond to their names and even start combining consonants and vowels, saying words like “baba” or “mama” without necessarily knowing what it means. At this stage, your baby just loves the way the words sound and sees it as a game, constantly experimenting with his tongue, teeth, palate, and vocal cords to make all sorts of funny sounds. You can encourage her by talking and reading to her.

12 to 18 months

kids this age have a wide range of speech soundsbegin to imitate words and sounds they hear, and can say one or more words and know what they mean. They are also capable of understanding and following simple one-step directions. Your child can even practice inflection, raising her tone when asking a question and point at things to further let you know what he’s talking about.(Talk about growing up!)

19-24 months

Most toddlers this age can say about 20-50 words and understand much more than they can say. They are gradually combining two words together to make simple sentences, such as “Carry me” and are always picking up new words every day.

By the age of 2, they are able to identify common objects, point to eyes, nose, ears, and so on and also may use 2-4 word sentences and sing simple tunes. As your toddler matures, he’s able to start talking about what he likes and dislikes and although might get confused with pronouns, he will still be able to pass his message across.

25-36 months

By this stage, your toddler’s vocabulary should have increased and although he might still struggle to find the appropriate volume to use when talking, he’ll eventually figure it out. He should also be able to use correct pronouns such as “I”, “me”, and “you”. Combining nouns and verbs to forma sentence becomes easy as well.

By 3 years, a child should be able to understand what it means to “put the toy on the table” , identify colors and understand concepts such as large versus small. He should be able to carry on a conversation for a period of time and you should be able to understand what most of what he says

How to help your baby talk

There are a number of things you can do as a parent to encourage your little one as he navigates speech and language hurdles. Listed below are some of them

Reading: This is a good way to introduce not just new vocabulary but also how sentences are put together and how stories flow. Look for age appropriate books or picture books that encourage kids to look while you name the pictures. As he grows, he gets to understand the stories much better and might surprise you by telling you what’s going on in a book after you’ve read a bit of the story to him.

Talking: Talk your way through the day. It helps to speak (speak in clear language and not babbling or cooing)to your baby whenever you’re together. It might seem like they do not understand you but you’ll be surprised at how much they are understanding and storing. Try describing what you’re doing to them, point things out, ask questions and acknowledge your child’s responses and even sing songs.

Listening: When your child talks, even if it doesn’t sound like anything you know, respond to him. He’s more likely to continue to speak and eventually improve on his vocabulary when he knows you’re interested in what he’s saying.

Speech or Language Delay

It is quite difficult for a parent to know if their child is just taking longer to speak or is showing signs of language problems. If your child shows any of the signs listed below and you’re feeling concerned, see a doctor right away.

Some signs to watch out for include:

Birth to 12 months

If your baby isn’t making any progress or attempting to make any sounds or eye contact with you.

If he doesn’t respond to his name around 6 months or use gestures such as waving bye-bye or pointing.

If he doesn’t babble words such as “mama” or “dada” at 12 months.

13 to 18 months

If he prefers gestures to actual speaking or loses language skills he once had and doesn’t point to things.

If he has troubles imitating sounds and understanding simple verbal requests.

19 to 24 months

If he doesn’t produce words spontaneously and only says certain words repeatedly.

If he can’t follow simple directions.

If he has an unusual tone of voice.

25 to 36 months

If he hasn’t started using two- three word phrases and does not follow simple instructions.

If he doesn’t speak coherently an dis more difficult to understand for his age.

You should be able to understand about half of your child’s speech at 2 years and by 4 years old, a child should be mostly understood and should be able to speak in sentences of five to six words.

As your child grows, he’ll speak more and tell you almost all that happened in his day and not stop asking “why”?

If your child stutters past the age of 4, see a language pathologist.

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