At What Age Do Babies Start Talking?
It's an important issue, when do babies talk ? And it concerns all parents. There are many special unforgettable moments during the growth of babies that are worth waiting for. Such moments are very fun and amazing for parents to watch, this includes the first time he says "mommy" or "dad", or when he learns to walk, talk and learn a few words, etc. Any new thing he can do.
But babies can really differ from each other in the developmental milestones, they don't do the same things at the same age so you shouldn't expect things at an exact age, but there is a normal range at which important events and developmental steps happen, your baby may do it a little earlier or later but stays in the normal range.
When do babies talk ?
The first sign of vocalisation appear at the age of one month with a little humming sound (aah, oh)which is different from crying. The baby then starts babbling and saying monosyllables (da, ma, ba, yaya) and laughing by then end of the fourth month.
At the age of 9 months (and sometimes before this age) he will amaze you by saying dada & mama! but not necessarily to the right persons! At the age of 1 year he will be able to identify the real parents and call them dada and mama! and of course he can identify himself and understand that you are talking to him.
From now on, he will begin building his own dictionary and can say a few words up to 10 words by the age of 18 months. Some children may be even able to say about 50 words at 20-24 months and learn a few new words every day and just imitates people. It just different from one kid to another. You better watch your words at this stage because he will be learning a lot of new words (and actions) from his parents!
Then around two years of age he can form a 2-3 word sentence and refers to himself using "I" and can also use the words "me" and "you". His vocabulary grows even more to include up to 300 words by the age of three.
By the age of 4 years, your kids is going to be a real experienced speaker and can tell stories, count to ten and sing!
Keep in mind that even the most gifted kids can start talking late. Some may start by the age of 9 months while others start about the age of 18-24 months.
The learning and speech skills of your child are affected by their health state, their nutrition and emotional factors. The social and emotional environment is very important in the process of growth and development for your children. Kids living in a well balanced and healthy emotional atmosphere grow appropriately both on the physical and intellectual levels.
Stuttering can be a normal thing in the early month as the child begins to learn how to talk and he can be so excited with his new abilities that he can't fully control his talking.
I mentioned previously that talking can be delayed if you are raising a bilingual child, HOWEVER, there is evidence that bilingual children have actually better language skills and might have better cognitive abilities. The point of what I mentioned was that the onset of their speech might be delayed if parents are talking a different language from what they hear outside the home in very early months. This is an area of debate and I apologise if I caused any confusion. In summary, bilingual children are likely to have better language skills but they might need a "base" language in the first few years.
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