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Your Baby’s Language Development: From Birth To 12 Weeks

Even in the early months, your baby is starting to work on his language skills

True, your baby’s pretty tiny right now, but that doesn’t mean he’s not already trying to communicate with you.

It’s just a case of him getting the hang of how everything works – and while it might seem like a bit of a one-sided conversation at times, you can definitely help him along.

What to look out for

From the moment your newborn lets out his first cry, he’s talking to you – and gauging what his cries mean is just a case of getting to know him.

He’ll also use eye contact and gurgling as part of his language development. As the weeks go on, you’ll notice your baby becomes more vocal, with cries and gurgles giving way to a more bird-like cooing sound.

‘This is a sign the muscles of his tongue and mouth are getting stronger, and he’s beginning to understand the link between making sounds and getting a reaction,’ says Libby Hill, a speech and language therapist.

Help your baby’s language develop

Whether it’s telling him about your catch-up with friends, explaining the whole plot of The Great Gatsby or simply describing how you’re changing his babygro, speak to your little one constantly.

‘Engaging with your baby from birth has an invaluable impact on his speech development,’ says Libby. ‘Babies love to listen to your voice, so talk, sing and coo, making eye contact as you go.’

Your baby can’t focus properly until around one or two months, so make sure to hold him close as you chat.


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