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When should I hear my baby's first words?

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The first "baby talk" is nonverbal and happens soon after birth. Your baby makes faces, cries, and squirms to tell you they’re tired, hungry, sleepy, or happy. Smart parents learn to listen and interpret their baby's different cries.

Just when your baby will babble those magical first words can vary by child. But if your baby misses big milestones in speech learning, talk to your pediatrician.

From: Your Baby's First Words WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: "Speech and Language Developmental Milestones." National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families, Zerotothree.org: "Helping Your Child Learn To Talk" and "Communication Skills." National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities: "Developmental Milestones." Hawaii Department of Health: "Good Hearing Helps a Baby Learn To Talk."



Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 20, 2018

SOURCES: National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: "Speech and Language Developmental Milestones." National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families, Zerotothree.org: "Helping Your Child Learn To Talk" and "Communication Skills." National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities: "Developmental Milestones." Hawaii Department of Health: "Good Hearing Helps a Baby Learn To Talk."



Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 20, 2018

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