When does a baby start talking?

Curious when your baby talking goes? In this blog we will tell you how language development runs on average. But keep in mind that this does not always apply to your child. What you can do to teach your baby to talk is by talking to your child a lot. In addition, there are some other tips to learn to accelerate the process of teaching your baby something. You read them in this blog.

Language development is complex

First, it must be said that the language development of each baby is different. Do not compare your child with those of others. Maybe your baby has been around for over 1 year and he or she can just say 'mum' while the 10-month-old neighbor chats the ears of your head. Language and communication are very complex.

After all, communication is not just about the words that are said. Gestures and non-verbal communication (such as facial expressions or your posture) and intonation also play an important role. Maybe your child can not say anything yet, but he or she probably understands a lot of what you say.

First steps of stimulating baby's language development

In the first 5 months, babies mainly have an eye for his or her mother. It is precisely during that period that the basis of communication is laid and this is the beginning of your baby learning to talk. So make optimal use of this undivided attention by talking to your baby a lot.

Name everything you are doing at that moment and name everything your baby is doing at that moment. If you notice that your baby has his or her eyes fixed on something behind you, follow this look and take that and explain what it is. Keep it easy and just tell what you are doing at that moment. If you are going to tell what you are going to do tomorrow, your child will soon lose the thread.

Language development starts with newborn babies

Language development starts right from the moment your baby is born. Although your child can not yet say words, he or she already has one means to communicate and that is crying. If you listen carefully to the ways in which your baby cries and what is going on at that moment (hunger, full nappy, want attention) then after a while you know exactly which way of crying fits what needs.

Learning your baby can learn by reading a lot, hearing words and speaking words go hand in hand.

Here are a large number of reading books that stimulate the language development of your baby.

Baby talk: average development

On average, children really talk (so whole sentences) when they are about 3 years old. These are not the most logical phrases yet, but you will probably understand what your child means. Below you will find the average language development of your baby, but it is possible that your baby is faster or slower.

  • From 6 weeks old:

    Your baby will make baby sounds like 'ah', 'oh' or 'uh'. These are good ways for your baby to 'train' the tongue, lips and mouth muscles. If your baby makes this sound immediately give him or her attention. This way you teach your baby that he or she does not have to cry for attention, but it is the first steps in which your baby learns to talk.

  • Baby talking from 6 months:

    The baby sounds make room for babbling like 'dadadada'.

  • From 8 months:

    Your baby sees a connection between his or her behavior and your reaction.

  • From 1 year:

    Now the first words come and your baby now understands what some words mean. Keep talking to your baby constantly and name each subject or person by name. When a baby says mom is also in this period and hopefully the first words of your baby will be 'mum' and 'daddy'.

  • From 1.5 years:

    Your baby is now combining words and can say two words. With these two words your baby tries to say a whole sentence so keep paying attention! You can stimulate the baby to talk by repeating what your baby says but in a complete sense. Example is that your baby says 'mama car' which means that mom has to go to the car.

  • From 2 years:

    From 2 years on, language development is faster and your child can already say sentences of 3 or even 4 or 5 words. Instead of just names or objects, your child can now also use articles and verbs. Your child will also understand you better and can give you an answer to the question of what he or she is doing.

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