Now baby’s six months and one week.
You probably find your baby to be more fun than ever! Playing can now be characterized as actually playing instead of just hanging out or walking around.
Your little one may be fascinated watching your mouth move while you converse with him or her.
My daughter’s sole mission in life seems to be learning to speak. While I cradle her in my arms and chat, she stares intently watching my lips move, never shifting her gaze. She has uttered both Mama and Dada, (Mama first!) so far. I am hoping her words are deliberate and not just babbling, no matter what science concludes. Either way, her vocalization brings tears to my eyes every time.
She also loves to mimic my actions. One of her favorite games is to blow on my face as I blow on hers.
When does language start to develop?
Some scientists say language starts to develop in the womb, but for all intensive purposes, the first 3 years is when babies/toddlers pick up speech and language skills. (1) “As they grow, babies begin to sort out the speech sounds that compose the words of their language. By 6 months of age, most babies recognize the basic sounds of their native language.” (1)
(1) “Speech and Language Developmental Milestones.” National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 15 May 2017. Web. 22 June 2017.
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