Track your baby’s milestones — Speech and Language

In the first three years of junior’s life, she’ll actively pick up speech and language skills. Here’s what to expect!

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0 to 6 months

Your newborn will acquire language skills through sounds, what she sees and when she is exposed to other people’s conversations. To boost her attempts to communicate, make sure to look at her, sing nursery rhymes, speak to her often and imitate the sounds she makes.

- During this period, she’s able to distinguish different sounds, so she’ll calm down or smile when she hears your voice. She will also use different crying sounds for various needs.

- From around a month old, she’ll start responding to voices or sounds. She’ll turn her head towards a sound’s source, or watch a speaker’s face intently when she’s spoken to.

- From around 3 months, your tot will start to gurgle, babble in a speech-like manner, and make sounds, especially those starting with p, b, and m. This means she’s either responding to you or expressing excitement.

- She’ll also start playing with her voice and mouth by experimenting with sounds like squealing, growling, and yelling.

- Play games with her. Teach her to imitate your actions, like blowing kisses or playing peekaboo. Also talk her through daily activities such as, “Mummy is going to massage baby now”.


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6 to 12 months 

- Your sweetie can make out the different speech sounds by this stage, which means that she can recognise and understand the basic sounds of her native language.

- Instead of bawling to get your attention, your baby will try to communicate verbally with you. She also knows what common items like “shoe” or “juice” are.

Your sweetie can make out the different speech sounds by this stage, which means that she can recognise and understand the basic sounds of her native language.

- At around 7 months, while she’ll try to imitate different speech sounds, she would prefer using words like “ba” or “ma” as they’re easier to pronounce. Her first words might very well be “mum mum” or “da da”.

- By her first birthday, she should be using one or two words, such as “hi”, “dog” or “mama” – although they might not sound clear.

- When she tries to say a word, such as “boo” for book, repeat the word back to her correctly, saying, "Yes, that's a book." She will start saying it correctly as she gets older.

Your little one is making strides in her speech as she turns 1. Read on!