Language Development Stages in Babies

The foundations of speech and language are laid in babies in the first 12 months, and from the moment they are born, they are open to learning against the stimuli around them. The sounds they hear, the music they listen to, and the speech they hear are all factors that support language development in babies.

In this article, we talked about language development in babies month by month. It’s time to learn all the milestones related to your baby’s speech and language development!

0-3 months baby language development

  • Sensitive to sounds, startled at loud noises.
  • He recognizes your voice and calms down when he hears it.
  • Networks for different needs.
  • Silences or smiles when spoken to.
  • It makes sounds, which may resemble some letters.

4-6 months baby language development

  • He may notice a change in your voice.
  • Toys with music and sounds attract his attention.
  • Voices begin to hum.
  • Cries when spending time with family members or alone.
  • He chuckles and laughs.

7 months-1 year language development

  • It can turn singular sounds like “aaa” and “mmm” into sounds like “daddy” and “mamma”.
  • May tend to imitate sounds. You can contribute to language development by talking to him a lot.
  • Now he can recognize his body. You can show him your hands and feet so he can recognize his limbs.
  • He can learn to combine some of the syllables. He can say the words “Mom” and “dad” with a surprise attack.
  • Although he cannot say most words, he acts knowing their meaning.
  • The capacity to understand what is being said increases.
  • It is a time when conversation is important for his development. You can chat with your baby often.
  • Storybooks created with simple concepts can be useful for language development.
  • You can talk to your baby if you speak 2 or 3 languages. He gets some words mixed up, but over time everything falls into place.
  • He can start talking slowly.
  • It is good to repeat the words spoken frequently to contribute to language development in 12-month-old babies.
  • Materials such as teddy bears and telephones support language development in babies during this period.

13-15 months baby language development

  • Can use 1-2 more new words.
  • He knows the meaning of the words he says.
  • Can carry out one-word or two-word commands such as “give”, “take” or “hold” without the need for cues.
  • Knows the names of animals and the names of people nearby.
  • Recognize the parts of the body.

16-18 month old baby language development

  • Can say up to 10 words.
  • Can recognize and imitate sounds made by some animals.
  • He can talk to himself for a long time.
  • Knows where things are and can show them when asked.
  • He can talk to himself for a long time and hum a song.

19-21 month old baby language development

  • Can understand and follow 2-3 word instructions.
  • He can say “no” and “no” to things he does not want.
  • It can make more meaningful sounds.
  • He likes to listen to the conversations around him.
  • Can form 2-word sentences.

2 year language development

  • May use about 50 words or more.
  • Can make 2-3 sentence speeches.
  • He uses words and facial expressions together when describing himself. It is understandable what he wants from his facial expressions.
  • Can recognize a shape in a picture and tell what it is.
  • Can keep in mind and carry out two directives in quick succession.

2-3 years of language development

  • The words he started to use continue to increase every day.
  • Builds longer sentences than in previous months. It can enter into dialogues of 2 or 3 sentences.
  • “What’s this?” he begins to ask.
  • What they speak is understandable to those around them.
  • Can use imperative and future tenses.
  • He can say his first and last name when asked.
  • He can repeat what is said to him.

Let’s make a small note: There is a belief that baby boys develop language later than girls. Although it is said that boys usually speak late, there is no known difference in language development between the sexes.

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