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DEVELOPMENTAL MILESTONE- TALKING

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Knowing and learning to understand what your baby is saying is very important. Your baby’s talking and babbles mean something. Your baby’s sounds or mumbles or even expressions can help you understand what’s going on in your baby’s mind or knowing what your baby is trying to say.

For new mums especially, it may be so hard understanding your baby’s little talks; to help you go through this phase below is a baby talking guide each age. This guide should help clear up your confusion.

  • Before birth: Many researchers believe that your baby starts to understand your language while she is in utero. Just as your unborn baby gets used to the steady beat of your heart, she also tunes into the sound of your voice and can differentiate yours among others.
  • Baby talking at 1-3 months: most babies communicate when they are reacting to something. From birth, your baby is in a different environment and is new to your surroundings. After spending approximately nine months in a calm environment, your new baby is probably startled by all the new noises and sensations. Her crying, quick movements, and sighs can all mean that she is experiencing something new. These tiny communications are a great sign that your little one is developing and alert. At 3months, your baby listens to your voice, watches your face as you talk, and turns toward other voices, sounds, and music that can be heard around the home.
  • Baby talking at 4 months: At around 4 months, your new baby may begin imitating the noises she has been hearing since birth. Such noises at this stage are referred to as babbling and is another sign that your baby is developing at a steady pace. Listen carefully to all the baby sounds, you will notice some little imitations. Encourage this by talking slowly and carefully to her as much as possible.
  • Baby talking at 6 to 9 months: At this age, your child may begin to crawl, and you might notice her pointing at her toys while simultaneously babbling; this is an example of early communication. This can be a good age to introduce baby sign language, if this appeals to you or you can start proper conversations with your baby. Babies are very smart and can pick things as well as understand you with time; please quit the baby talk. Your baby is way smatter than you think. Some babies even come out with their first spoken words at this stage, often “mama” or “dada.” At 9months, babies can understand a few basic words like "no" and "bye-bye." They also may begin to use a wider range of consonant sounds and tones of voice.
  • Baby talking at 12 to 18 months: during this period, your baby would have picked a lot more words especially if she is in school. She may also start mimicking conversation by babbling with pauses and “responding” to you after asking her a question or may actually do the yes/ no answer (my son did this a lot). Babies at this age say up to 10 simple words and can point to people, objects, and body parts you name for them. They repeat words or sounds they hear you say, like the last word in a sentence. Although her vocabulary is still limited at this age, know that she understands quite a lot of what you say so keep talking to her to help boost her language development.
  • Baby talking at 18 to 24 months: Now that your child should be used to so many words by now, she’ll start to string them together to create early forms of sentences. As your little one gains this added ability to describe what she wants or what excites her you’ll find that it becomes easier to communicate, which will be a welcome baby milestone for both of you.
  • Baby talking at 3 years: By the time your baby is age 3, his or her vocabulary expands rapidly, and understands symbolic and abstract language like "now," feelings like "sad," and spatial concepts like "in." She will be able to hold conversations and you will be able to understand most of what she is saying.

NOTE: Critical milestones for a baby learning to talk happen in the first three years of life, when a baby's brain is rapidly developing. During that time, your baby's speech development depends on how you communicate with your little one; effective communication is best and not baby talk.
children develop language at different speeds and in different ways. Do not compare your little one with other babies because your baby is unique and may require more or less time than others to begin making sounds and gestures.As your child grows, she will most probably become a chatter box and you will miss those peaceful days sometimes.

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