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Baby Talk: A Month-By-Month Timeline

From babbles to words to sentences, learn about your baby's talking timeline.
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.