25 Jun BABBLING TIMELINE
6 weeks to 3 months: vowel sounds (a-aa, i-ii), cooing and gurgling Crying is your baby’s first form of communication. And one cry doesn’t fit all: A piercing scream may mean she’s hungry, while a whimpering, staccato cry may signal that she needs a diaper change. As she gets older, she’ll develop a delightful repertoire of gurgles, sighs, and coos.
4 to 6months: combinations of consonants and vowel sounds (a-ga, a-ba, a-da). At this stage, your child starts to babble, combining consonants and vowels (such as “baba” or “yaya”). At about 6 months she can respond to her name. You may hear the first “mama” or “dada” now and then too.
By 8 months: double consonants without meaning (da-da, ma-ma, ha-ha). When she babbles and vocalizes now, your baby sounds as if she’s making sense. That’s because she’s trying out tones and patterns similar to the ones you use. Foster her babbling by talking and reading to her.
8 to 18 months: words or word-sounds with meaning (ba-ba for “ball,” “da” for “dad” or “dog” or “doll”). Now your child is using one or more words, and she knows what they mean. She’ll even practice inflection, raising her tone when asking a question by saying “Up-py?” when she wants to be carried, for example. She’s realizing the importance of language as she taps into the power of communicating her needs.