Activities to support your baby's language-learning skills
Your baby begins communicating with her first cry and actually becomes a capable communicator well before her first word is actually said. Infants learn to speak at their own pace, but you can help further your baby's abilities with activities and play.
What are your baby's language skills?
Your baby's language skills involve the ability to speak, but also include the use of body language and gestures, along with the ability to communicate and understand what others are saying.
Your baby's language-learning development in year 1
Your baby learns language in stages — by hearing people make sounds, watching them communicate, and then experimenting with making sounds. Your baby prefers human voices (especially Mom's voice) to any other sound.
As early as 1 month, your baby can identify your voice from a different room.
By 2 months, your baby smiles to communicate. Cooing begins with vowel sounds and soon will progress to consonant sounds, which most commonly include "p," "m," "b," and by month 4, "d."
By 5 months, your baby is babbling, squealing, gurgling, and starting to imitate sounds. Name recognition will start to occur as your baby's memory and attention span increase. Your baby will start to understand what you're saying by distinguishing emotions from your tones.
By 12 months, your baby can follow simple instructions and might be able to say two or three words.