Speech and Language Milestones, Birth to 1 Year
Speech and language development milestones relate to receptive language (the ability to understand words and sounds) and expressive language (the ability to use speech and gestures to communicate meaning).
Receptive language skills are the first communication skills learned. In the womb, babies hear and respond to familiar voices.
Soon after birth, your baby starts to learn expressive language skills. Around 6 to 9 months of age, most babies start to make the link between sound and meaning. By 12 months, they may have mastered a few words and usually understand far more.
Babies less than 1 month old:
1- to 4-month-old babies:
5- to 6-month-olds:
7- to 9-month-olds:
10- to 12-month-olds:
Current as of: February 28, 2023
Author: Healthwise Staff
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