Babies actually start to absorb words you are saying form birth so repetition will help them understand and later speak the words.
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Follow us. After about 1 month, baby will also begin cooing as a way to interact with you.
This educational content is not medical or diagnostic advice. From around 3 months , you may not be aware but babies are listening to you as you talk and will stare at your face as you talk. This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information. Babies start talking — that is, attempt to express themselves in words with meaning — anywhere between 9 and 14 months.
Around 6 months old , your baby could well understand some words, like their name, and you as mum and dad too. Taking all this in is how they begin "cooing" which they may do plenty of by the end of their third month.
Here's what to expect. One study shows that 10-month-olds were able to understand some sounds of Mandarin Chinese when exposed to live speakers, but not when watching videos. American Academy of Pediatrics, Language Development: Real words can come anytime between 9 and 14 months. They start learning language even before birth! View Sources. All of which brings them nearer to speaking their first word.
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Apart from babbling around 6 months of age, when babies start to play with language sounds think: Some research shows that babies as young as 4-and-a-half months can learn to distinguish the sound patterns of their own name from those of similar-sounding names.
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