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Baby Talk: A Month-By-Month Timeline

As your baby grows and develops speech and language skills, babbles will slowly turn into words and then into sentences. So when do babies start talking and saying their first words? Follow our talking timeline to learn about this important child development milestone.
baby babbling Birth to 6 Months

What your baby is doing: Babies are born to listen. She'll begin to associate sounds, linking the family dog to a bark, for example. Her first communication will be crying, but she'll soon begin to use her tongue, lips, and palate to make gurgles, oohs, and aahs.

What your baby can understand: Babies as young as 4 weeks can distinguish between similar syllables like "ma" and "na." As young as 2 months, they begin to associate certain sounds with certain lip movements.