In most cases, babies start talking around the age of two. Without parents knowing, before they start speaking their first word ever, babies are learning the rules of language, how does it work, and how to use it to communicate. Apparently, babies start talking by initially starting off with his or her tongue, lips, palate, and any emerging teeth to make sounds. Usually, babies cry first, then followed by one syllable words “ooh” and “ahh” depends on what works best for them around the first month or two of their speech development. This will be followed then by babbling shortly with different sounds. Not long enough, these sound-mumblings will eventually become real words. Commonly, words that are first spoken by these babies is “mama” or “dada” which usually brings out different kind of joy to parents. From this, babies then will pick up more words from what they hear may it be from you or from anyone in their surrounding they might have heard talking. By then, when he or she is around two years old, babies will start talking in sentences or phrases. The number of words your baby speaks might increase as time passes by and as he or she learns his or her way through mental, emotional, and behavioural aspects of life.
How Do Babies Learn to Talk?
As earlier mentioned, babies think how the rule of language works. Aside from that, there are stages in where babies may have started their way to understanding how the world of words goes.
- Inside the uterus. Studies showed that babies have been exposed to the work of understanding language even inside their mothers’ wombs. It is believed that the unborn baby gets used to the beating of their mothers heart, they are also tuning in to the sound of their moms’ voices and can then differentiate who is who among others.
- Birth to three months. As earlier said too, crying is a baby’s first way to communicate. It is common for most that one cry means different things. A piercing scream while crying could imply that your infant is hungry, while a whimpering and staccato cry could mean that she needs a diaper change and this does not mean the same for all infants. However, by this time, your little one will start to develop his or her set of laughs, sighs, and coos and she will start to recognize what words sound like and how different sentences are structured as she listen to his or her surroundings.
- Four to six months. This is the age of your child where he or she might have to start babbling as she mixes his or her consonants and vowels like “baba” and “yaya”. By this time too, your little one can respond to his or her name. The “mama” and “dada” words can be often heard from them too by this age. Also, the babbling they do by this age sounds the same, whatever language you may be speaking in you homes. You may notice your child favouring certain sounds as he or she likes the way these words sound and how her mouth feels when he or she speak those.
- Seven to twelve months. By this age, your little one can use a little tone on their babbling based on what they hear from you. You can develop this more by constantly talking to them.
- Thirteen to eighteen months. This is the age where your kid has the ability to understand what he or she is trying to say. He or she will also be able to practice his or her inflection and might raise her tone when asking a question. Your child has started to understand the importance of language and communication in saying what she needs.
- Nineteen to twenty four months. It may be less than 50 words, but at least your little one knows real words now. She can understand now too more than what she can say and he or she can pick up words everyday from those who are around him or her. He or she can also utter simple and basic sentences like “Carry me”. By the time your kid turns two years old, they might be able to say two-four word sentences and can hum and sing to simple tunes too. This is the age where he or she might start talking about what he or she likes and does not like as well as what he or she feels and thinks. However pronouns may confuse them by this age.
As your child continues to grow, they also start develop their way of communicating and their sentence construction. Time will come, they have mastered the art of speaking words and how they works.