If you are reading this article, chances are you’ve already received your little bundle of joy and are looking forward to hearing your baby’s first words.
So, you are wondering, when can babies start talking?
However, you shouldn’t be alarmed as a parent because you will be surprised to know that your baby starts communicating from the time he was born. Before he/she learns to talk their real language – Hindi, Spanish, English or any other language, they coo, babble and cry as a way of communicating with you.
How Many Words is a Year Old baby Supposed to Say?
Most babies around four months do not have the ability to create words. They try as much as possible to imitate sounds from their parents and also those around them. This is known as baby babble. By the time your child reaches 9 months, their ability to put together various sounds will improve and most babies will speak the first word when they reach one year.
Is your baby a Late Talker?
A baby is considered a late talker if, in between 18 and 30 months of age, they possess a good understanding of language, have developed thinking skills, play skills, motor skills, and social skills but have little knowledge of the spoken vocabulary.
If between 13 and 18 months, your baby doesn’t point things to you, doesn’t say at least 6 words when he is 18 months, or even loses language ability he already had, you should be concerned. Seek medical attention if your child is past four years and is still stuttering.
How Can I Help My Baby Learn to Talk?
You can do this by speaking slowly to your baby when you’re close to her, describe your activities, ask questions, point things out and sing songs. Make it a habit to monitor how your baby’s language skills are progressing. Be attentive to her when speaking and be responsive.
How Many Words Should My Baby Say at 12 Months?
However, the most pleasing thing is that at this age, your baby has started producing babbles that have varied rhythm and intonation. Sometimes it may sound like the baby is making a command or asking something, similar to the one he hears you making.
You can greatly improve his babbling by reading and talking to him regularly.