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When should you see your doctor about issues with your baby communicating?

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During the first year, baby should respond to your baby talk by cooing, gurgling, and beginning to babble back. He should respond to "no," to his or her own name, and to simple requests like "Come here."

So while normal language development has wide variation, it's better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your child's growth. Have your baby's speech evaluated at each well-baby checkup, and talk with your baby's doctor if you're concerned about delayed speech or a hearing problem. And remember: Your baby loves to hear your voice, so don't be embarrassed by your own baby talk.

SOURCES:

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association: "How Does Your Child Hear and Talk?"

Nemours Foundation: "Communication and Your 1- to 3-Month-Old."

Nemours Foundation: "Communication and Your 4- to 7-Month-Old."

Nemours Foundation: "Communication and Your 8- to 12-Month-Old."

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Developmental Milestones."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on July 19, 2019

SOURCES:

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association: "How Does Your Child Hear and Talk?"

Nemours Foundation: "Communication and Your 1- to 3-Month-Old."

Nemours Foundation: "Communication and Your 4- to 7-Month-Old."

Nemours Foundation: "Communication and Your 8- to 12-Month-Old."

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Developmental Milestones."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on July 19, 2019

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