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My baby's first word!

Created by BabyCenter

From the moment your baby is born, he is learning how to speak.

His first form of talking to you is crying. He cries when he is hungry, uncomfortable or tired.

As he grows, your baby listens to you and the people around him and starts trying to copy you. He wants to talk to you!

Make eye contact and talk to your baby as much as you can. Point to people and things as you talk about them.

Between 3 and 4 months, he cries less and makes more sounds. He begins to recognise his name. Try calling his name from a short distance and see if he responds.

Between 5 and 6 months, your baby makes sounds to get your attention, and will babble to himself when he plays. He might say sounds like ‘ba’ or ‘ma’ over and over.

Between 7 months and 1 year, he tries new sounds and tries to copy what you are saying. He recognises the names of familiar objects, such as “ball”.

From around 1 year, he may begin to use one or more words and know what they mean.

If you are worried that he is not saying any words by 15 months old, talk to a doctor.

10 February 2015