Babies Talking Milestones & Games to Encourage Speech Development
2-4 months : Coos, makes gurgling sounds and the babies will turn their head toward sounds
4 months : Begins to babble with expression and copies sounds he hears. Cries in different ways to show hunger, pain, or being tired
6 -9 months : Responds to sounds by making sounds. Strings vowels together when babbling and they will respond to their own name and make sounds to show joy and displeasure.
12-17 months: The baby can already understand the meaning of some words and can say the words accurately.
1 year and a half-2 years old: The baby may have up to 200 vocabulary, most of which are nouns. Mom can show the baby something new and tell the baby the name of the item.
2 and a half years old: The baby will begin to use “me” and “you” .They call themselves by their nickname and the baby’s vocabulary will increase to 300 words.
3 years old: The baby will be able to talk continuously and adjust the tone, speaking pattern, wording accordingly.
Your baby a late talker? Here’s why:
- Physiological reasons prevent the baby from speaking such as cerebral palsy.
- The child doesn’t spend enough time talking with adults.
- The communication method causes the baby to not speak.
- Autism (a developmental disorder).
- The child just doesn’t want to talk.
How to teach your baby to speak:
- Provide a good language environment such as talking to your child from the time they’re born.
- Start teaching one word at a time and use simple sentences. Many babies learn to speak words this way. But don’t do it when your baby is angry and exhausted.
- When you are free, read picture books with them. Your baby will be very interested in colorful picture books to expand their vocabulary.
- Use the correct intonation, so that the baby can fully understand the meaning of the words.
- When the baby has something to say, praise immediately and encourage the baby to continue.
- Start to teach the baby to use a pronouns such as mom, dad, and grandma.
Games to encourage your baby to talk:
12-18 months: The stage of speaking 3-5 phrases.
- Handing toys: In the process of playing handing toys, babies can learn how to combine vocabulary and language.
- Hide and Seek: This can improve your baby’s ability to understand and remember the real thing.
18-24 months: Can make sentences with a few phrases
- Building blocks: Through the building blocks game, babies can master “conceptual vocabulary”.
- Sound imitation: By imitating games, babies can grasp the sounds of different objects and can create simple sentences.
24-36 months: The stage where baby can express your experience
- Cover your eyes and guess things: Through the game of guessing the real things, you can improve your baby’s language skills.
- Role-playing: They can learn to use different languages and expressions in different situations, and develop correct language expression skills.
- CDC’s Developmental Milestones. (2020, June 10). Retrieved January 16, 2021, from https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/milestones/index.html