Wondering when do babies start talking? Let´s find the answer. Learning to talk is a comparatively slow process as it can take a long time to develop a large enough vocabulary for meaningful conversations. Most kids say their first words between eleven and fourteen months of age. Typically, the first words are ‘mama’ and ‘dada,’ but it can be any word your kid has heard often. By six months, girls can say an average of fifty words, while boys have a vocabulary of around thirty. At this stage of language development, it is usual for boys to be two months behind than girls. By their second birthday, your kid will know up to 200 words, although they most probably will not use all of them. They will be speaking more complicated sentences by their third birthday and will be able to hold more difficult conversations with you.
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How can I help my kid?
Long before your child can vocalize their wants, they are communicating with you. They may lift their arms to be picked up, point towards a toy they want, or shake their head to say, ‘No.’ As a parent, you should acknowledge and respond to this early communication to encourage your child to enhance their communicative abilities.
Reading is the ideal way to assist your child in improving their vocabulary. To develop this habit in your baby, you should read to them from birth. Of course, a newly born baby will not understand what you are saying, but they will feel comforted by your voice. As the kid gets older, they will begin to understand the stories and add new words to their vocabulary by listening to you. Reading is an excellent way to enhance language skills even as an adult, so it is great to nurture a love of books that will last your baby into adulthood.
Babies learn through listening, so chatter away. You can narrate stories to your baby as you go about your daily business. Tell them what everything is, how it is happening, and what you are doing. The more words they hear, the more words they will understand. Point out things of interest as you walk around and tell them how you spent your day. Your baby will be exposed to as many words as they hear from you, so do not waste this opportunity for communication. Carry them in a sling on your front or make use of a parent-facing stroller instead of a forward facing stroller that restricts communication. Your baby should be able to see you and hear what you are saying.
Action songs, lullabies, and nursery rhymes are all great things to sing to your baby. They will not only love the sound of your voice but will also enjoy repeating any accompanying actions. You will notice that, along with repeating actions, your baby also tries to join in with the singing. Make sure you give your kid full attention when they are trying to communicate with you as this will help them develop the confidence to talk and teach them how to be a good listener.
When your child can communicate using single words, you should respond back to them in full sentences. If they use ‘baby talk,’ you still need to continue to use proper words. While they may not yet be able to use appropriate words or speak in full sentences, you will be providing a learning opportunity by responding correctly.
On the other hand, there are a few things parents should avoid when their little ones are learning to talk. Since babies are easily distracted, you should switch off the TV and let your baby focus on what you are saying. As they learn new words, they are bound to make some mistakes such as calling all birds ‘dodos’ or referring to all children as ‘boys.’ With time, your kid will learn to differentiate between subcategories, but for now, do not correct them too often as it can discourage them from talking.
When should I be worried?
Since all children are different, they develop skills at different times. As long as your kid’s chatter is advancing and they are engaging with you and others, there is no need to worry. However, if their speech and language development regress or stop at any point or if they are not babbling, then you should be concerned. If your kid is fifteen months old and words do not emerge by that time, you must schedule an appointment with a speech-language pathologist and pediatrician. The earlier your child gets help for a language or speech problem, the better.