- Can recognize their caregiver’s voice and prefers that voice over others (0–4 months.)
- Starts to make open-mouthed and vowel sounds (for example, “ooh” and “aah”) (0–4 months.)
- Begins to add some consonant sounds (for example, “baa” and “goo” and “ma”) (5–7 months.)
- Can imitate some sounds (1–4 months.)
- Turns head towards a familiar voice (2–4 months.)
- Begins lip reading (2–8 months.)
- Expresses needs and feelings through sounds and cries (3–8 months.)
- Uses sounds to communicate pleasure and displeasure (4–7 months.)
What You Can Do:
- Have back and forth conversations (give your baby plenty of time to respond.)
- Talk face-to-face and get close!
- Sing nursery rhymes (babies enjoy the rhythmic patterns.)
- Sportscast! Talk to your baby about what you’re doing (for example, bathing, dressing.)
- Encourage babbling by repeating what your baby says and adding more syllables (for example, baby says “ba” and you say “ba-ba-bottle.”)
- Show your baby your tongue and practice simple sounds together (for example, ‘maa, daa’.)
- When your baby makes a sound, repeat it, so they can hear their sounds.
- Pick a word and show your baby what it means (for example, blanket.)
- Read your baby board books (point and label as you read, name the main character after your baby.)
- Listen to your baby’s sounds and don’t interrupt them.
- Talk to your baby as much as you can.
- Limit background noise (radio, tv) so your baby can focus on one thing at a time.
- Remember that your baby is still very young—try not to expect him to be able to do things beyond what’s normal for his age.
- Remember, some babies develop faster in some areas and slower in others.
Try not to compare yourself to other parents, or your baby to other babies. Every family is different.