Language Development

Language Development


“Mama” and “Dada” are music to your ears. While it will be many months before your child can master this milestone, it will not be our baby’s first when it comes to language development. Here are some significant stepping stones that will lead up to the day when your child will actually be able to talk (and talk back) to you.

Before I begin with my first blog which will be: Language Development: 4 – 7 months here is a list of language development from newborn to 18 months taken from Healthy


Newborn: Crying is really going to be your newborn’s primary from of vocalization. While crying is admittedly less than perfect in conveying what babies want or need, it’s definitely a start.

8 weeks:  cooing and babbling begins. These crowd-pleasing skills will symbolize your baby’s first more formal attempts to vocalize, soon to be followed by actual consonants.

6 to 8 months: Your baby will happily use his voice for making sounds and even some more elaborate streams of babble, but no words yet. The much-anticipated “mama” and “dada” are sure to surface-arbitrarily mixed in with other sounds and, we should note, with “dada” typically being uttered first if only because it’s easier for babies to say (ie, with no implications of parental preference!).

1 year:  By a year, be prepared to celebrate not only your baby’s first birthday, but also the long-awaited “mama and “dada” now being used intentionally to refer to you. You can also anticipate hearing some simple exclamations like “uh-oh”, as well as a few single words. And while there’s sure to be plenty of animated babbling and attempts to imitate words, don’t expect tour baby’s self-expression to string together into full sentences just yet.  

18 months: Your ears will likely be graced with the sounds of at least several stand-alone words. Your toddler may even be able to put 2 words together-such as “all done”-in order to meaningfully to convey his wishes. Rest assured, however, that your toddler understands far more words than he can speak.

2 years: Now were talking….as in 2-to 4 word sentences and the start of real conversation (along with a whole lot of repetition). Before long, you’ll have a hard time remembering the sounds of your newborn’s silence! Her thoughts, feelings, and demands into words you can

To sum it up: While it may take well into toddlerhood before your baby is able to put her thoughts, feelings, and demands into words you can understand, she’ll be communicating with you long before then.

(Source: Heading Home With Your Newborn 2nd Edition (Copyright 2010 American Academy of Pediatrics)

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