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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Language Milestones: 0 to 12 months

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  1. Profile photo of jenelle jenelle says:

    My daughter’s first word was No, and she said dada before mama also.

    • Profile photo of Stephanie Stephanie says:

      Our son has been saying dada since 5mo old, but has a hard time w/ “m” so we’re still waiting for mama at 8mo. His speach is the opposite of what this article says.

  2. Profile photo of Audrey Audrey says:

    I have heard by so many that dada is easier to say then mama.. and my daughter will b 7 months here in a few days. And she is doing things that if u go by this she should not be doing yet.. she said her first word (which was mama) at 5 months.. and by the end of her 6th month she has said dada has answered questions with yes or no answers. .. and has asked her own question ( which was dada night night)… and when she says night night she definitely knows what that means.. ive heard that my daughter is advanced. . Ive also heard that its about nornal now days for babies to b this advanced.. so idk but I dont believe this article to b accurate

  3. This article is inaccurate. My son is partially deaf and likely autistic and receives therapy because he doesn’t speak at 29 months old. I have not heard him say mama yet, and every single therapist tells us it’s because dada is SO much easier to say that they do not even count it as a word. “Your baby might say “ma-ma,” which is easier for a baby to say than “da-da.” Dada is harder because the “d” is made by the tongue and the roof of the mouth.” is dead wrong.

  4. Profile photo 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. 🙂

  5. Profile photo of LIZ says:

    im loving all this moments 🙂

  6. Profile photo of Alicia Alicia says:

    sweet moments i love to hear her laugh

  7. Profile photo 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!

  8. Profile photo 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

  9. Profile photo of Amy Amy says:

    enjoying each milestone

  10. Profile photo of Grace Grace says:

    nothing wrong with that, lol

  11. Profile photo of Grace Grace says:

    my girls knew dada before momma

  12. Profile photo 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

  13. Profile photo of Grace Grace says:

    enjoying every milestone as they come

  14. Profile photo of marque marque says:

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

  15. Profile photo of revogurl06 revogurl06 says:

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

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

  17. Profile photo of meredith meredith says:

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

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

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


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