When do babies say their first words?

When do babies say their first words?

Talking is one of most exciting milestones for new parents. Encourage your baby when he says his first words.

Few baby milestones are as thrilling as your child's first words. Your baby might babble his first “dada” or “mama” around six to eight months. He may have added a few other words to his list around his first birthday. These tips will help get your baby talking.

Up the chatting ante. Simply talking to your baby teaches him new vocabulary and encourages first words. Provide constant narration as you go around your daily tasks, or when you're in a new environment to introduce him to new words.

Talk back. Follow your child's interests and let him be your guide when deciding what to talk about. For example, if your child is staring at a dog and babbling, make this the topic of conversation and repeat the word “dog” while pointing at the pup.

Focus on routines and repetition. Daily activities such as bath time, mealtime, and changing time are ideal opportunities to have the same conversations with your baby each day. During these times, she will begin to pick up on key words and phrases and associate them with the activity.

Model speech for your baby. To help your baby build language skills, speak in slow, short sentences and wait for him to try and repeat when he’s ready. Help him recognize objects and words through play.

Just remember that some children start talking early, and others take their time to utter their first words. Your baby will be on a roll with him words before you know it!

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Talking

1/27/2016

I talk to my son I've never did the baby babble at him but he still only clearly knows what yes and no means the only other word that he babbled is Dada but he doesn't seem to understand it..he's almost 17 months...should I be worried?

speak

kuok 1/10/2016

This article easy to understand and I always take to my daughter slowly and now she can say mom and dad. This article it's really help me with my daughter.

Excited

12/29/2015

I find this article easy to understand and look forward to my daughter talking.

Talking up a storm

11/21/2015

We have been talking and reading to our daughter since day 1. She is 19 months old and can talk in 3-4 word sentences. She is imitating words we say and singing songs as well as showing the motions to some of the songs. YAY

helping

9/24/2015

Talking clear to a kid helps. Alot

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