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)

Rev. 6/2018