Babies go through many changes during their first 12 months, and no two babies develop at the same pace. One baby may reach milestone early, another later. In this posting, we trying to provide you a general guide of baby language development milestone from newborn until 12 months old. The important thing that you have to pay attention is you don’t have to worry if your baby reached a milestone earlier or later, because it is not indicate whether a baby will be advanced or delayed later in life.
Following are the list of monthly language milestone:
By 1 month
Baby trying to communicate of what they want and what they need by means of their crying in different kind. Somehow, you are able to know the difference of their crying whether it’s a hungry, bored, tired, or uncomfortable crying.
By 2 months
- Using several kind of sounds which its difference can be known by us but it means nothing.
- Paying attention to the gestures of people that are around them.
By 3 months
- Their hearing ability is getting perfect, they will silent when they hear soft sound.
- Able to produce at least two sounds, such as ‘uuuuhhhh’ and ‘aaaahhhh’.
By 4 months
- Producing laugh-like sound when they are feel comforted.
- Able to produce sounds that can get people’s attention.
By 5 months
- Using three or four babble randomly, while they can combine vocal and consonant for making sounds, such as ‘nanana’.
- Paying attention to your reaction and resembling your face expression.
By 6 months
- Adjusting their sounds to your voices, so they can make conversation with you.
- Producing more vocal and also consonant, such as f, v, ka, da ma.
By 7 months
- Starting to respond when you talk to them face to face.
- Able to respond when you say some words, such as ‘look at that!’.
- They look like understand to different intonation that come out from your mouth, such as happy, serious, and surprise intonation.
By 8 months
- Repeating the same sound, for an instance repeating a syllable that often saying by you.
- Opening and closing their mouth as a result from seeing you eat, they trying to resemble your jaw movement.
By 9 months
- Starting to expel their first word, but it is still unclear.
- Listening to what you say and understanding simple instruction, such as ‘come here baby’.
By 10 months
- Able to say one or two words consistently, but it is still unclear.
- Babbling something by following certain rhyme, but it means nothing.
By 11 months
- Able to understand then follow the simple instruction, for example in giving stuff and retaking it.
- Pointing to certain picture on their book when they mention that kind of picture.
By 12 months
- Able to use 3 or 4 words in order to naming the stuff which have been know by them.
- Hearing function is getting better than before, but they will be bored when they hear the repeating sounds.
Remember that this baby language development milestone is a general guide. Some babies will reach them early, some later, and not all babies will show all of the behaviors on the list above. You have to consult to your baby’s pediatrician or other health care professional if you observe your baby doesn’t achieve a majority of the milestone within a reasonable period of time after the end of the stage or if you observe your baby suddenly stops making consistent progress over several weeks.