Language Milestones: 0 to 12 months
Language milestones are successes that mark various stages of language development. They are both receptive (hearing) and expressive (speech).
Every parent wants to hear his or her baby’s first word. From cooing and babbling, to making short sounds, and eventually words and phrases, babies learn to communicate with language. Your baby’s first smile may thrill you, as will his first step. But when you hear him speak, you will know he is developing a capability only humans possess. Your baby will eventually use words to let you know how he feel and what he wants.
Language milestones are successes that mark various stages of language development. They are both receptive (hearing) and expressive (speech). This means that in addition to being able to make sounds and words, your baby also needs to be able to hear and understand.
Not every baby says the same thing at the same time. Language milestones are an approximation, when most babies do certain things.
Long before your baby will ever speak, he will be trying to let you know his feelings. He will first smile at you at around 2 months of age. By 4 months, he will probably laugh. By six months of age, your baby should be able to turn and look at you when you are speaking to him. He may respond to his name, and be able to tell the difference between happy and angry tones of voice. Your baby will be able to express happiness by giggling or cooing, and unhappiness by crying, and he will continue to learn.
Of course, during this time, a lot of your baby’s energy will be invested in learning how to move. Sitting up, rolling over, crawling, pulling up to stand, even taking a first step may occur by the end of the first year.