Your baby is learning new sounds and words every day! Learn how to help your baby develop their language skills.
What can I expect as my baby grows up?
At age 8 months, your baby can...
- Laugh, coo and gurgle
- Try to copy different sounds
- Stop when their own name is called
- Lift their arms when you ask “Want up?”
- Make single syllables or two syllables, such as “ba,” “da” or “ka” or “baba,” “dada” or “gaga”
- Listen to sounds from themselves and others
At age 10 months, your baby can...
- Look at people and objects when named
- Wave in response to “bye-bye”
- Might say “mama” or “dada”
- Shout to get your attention
- Use babbling sounds like real words
- Play peek-a-boo
- Repeat a sound or series of sounds
At age 12 months, your baby can...
- Point to 2 body parts on themselves when you say their names
- Follow simple directions
- Point to objects for you to get them
- Copy familiar words
- Say 2 or 3 words besides “mama” or “dada”
- Make 3 animal sounds
How can I help my baby develop language?
- Talk and silly sounds
- Talk to your baby during your everyday activities. Talk to them about new places or situations as if they can understand you.
- Keep your words simple and clear.
- Teach your baby the names of familiar items, people and places.
- Show interest in all the sounds you hear. Tell your baby about these sounds as if they can understand you. This can include ice clinking in a glass, rain falling outside or the doorbell ringing.
- Play games and sing songs
- Read colorful books to your baby every day.
- Read nursery rhymes.
- Sing songs.
- Play simple games, like peek-a-boo and pat-a-cake.
- Stay engaged
- Look into your baby’s eyes when they make different sounds.
- Respond to your baby’s coos, gurgles and babbling as if they were real words.
- Show delight with your baby’s efforts to talk, make sounds or point to objects.
- Limit screen time (the time your baby spends using a device with a screen)