Language Milestones: 0 to 12 months

Sweet cooing baby

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.

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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.

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  1. Avatar of Shawna Shawna says:

    She is a month old and started cooing about a week & 1/2 ago I love it def one of my favorite things about having a baby. :)

  2. Avatar of LIZ says:

    im loving all this moments :)

  3. Avatar of Alicia Alicia says:

    sweet moments i love to hear her laugh

  4. Avatar of MrsPearson MrsPearson says:

    Wow! my son is 8 but i couldnt remember when all the first things happen but just reading this ill be busy really early in the beginning years!

  5. Avatar of Ambar H. Ambar H. says:

    my daughter is on the right track. She has been doing some of these already since she was 2 months

  6. Avatar of Amy Amy says:

    enjoying each milestone

  7. Avatar of Grace Grace says:

    nothing wrong with that, lol

  8. Avatar of Grace Grace says:

    my girls knew dada before momma

  9. Avatar of Grace Grace says:

    i think allot of children nowadays are, my girls were quick to do things but my boy is not quick to, not behind just not far ahead

  10. Avatar of Grace Grace says:

    enjoying every milestone as they come

  11. Avatar of marque marque says:

    my son does some of these things already and he is only 10 weeks old

  12. Avatar of revogurl06 revogurl06 says:

    i think my daughter is a little bit ahead of the game.

  13. I know mine only says "papa" which is daddy in Spanish, and we are teaching hi mama, but nothing.

  14. Avatar of meredith meredith says:

    My son calls me and his father Da. We’re working on ma.

  15. Thank godness my baby its on the right track.

  16. LOL… I am afraid my lil’ one is an over achiever

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