Your baby learns language right from the day he is born. He learns about his world by touching, seeing, tasting, listening and doing. Any activities you do with your baby, gives them a chance to learn. Sing or read to your baby. He learns the words in your language, how to put words together, how to have conversations, and how to play with others.
You are your baby’s first teacher. You do many things with your baby to help him learn. It makes a difference how you talk and respond to the movements and sounds your baby makes.
Things your child should be doing
- startles to sudden, loud noises.
- seems to know your voice.
- seems to comfort to your voice when she is upset and crying.
- coos, grunts, cries, and makes different sounds like “ahh”.
- turns toward a sound.
- is interested in sounds, voices, and music.
- smiles when you smile.
- babbles sound like “mama”.
- Recognizes words for everyday objects like shoe, car, and cup.
- Responds to familiar sounds like a cat meowing or when you call his name.
- Babble using different sounds like ”bababa”.
- Copy actions and sounds that you make
- Maybe uses his first words.
When to get help
You should be concerned if your baby doesn’t:
- make many sounds or does not babble.
- startle to loud sounds or turn his head when there is a noise.
Where to get help
Contact Public Health or Speech Language Pathologist with concerns about speech and language development or hearing.