Speech and Language Milestones – Birth to 12 months

Speech and Language Milestones Birth to 12 Months

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Speech and Language Milestones

As parents we hear the term “developmental milestones” frequently. What does it mean if your child is not meeting their “developmental milestones?” It can make a new parent quite anxious when a friend’s baby is doing something before your own baby. Searching the web, scanning social media, or reading emails can lead to a lot of wondering. 

Please remember that there is always a range when it comes to meeting milestones! Some babies will babble early on while others will take a little more time. If you have concerns, go with your maternal or paternal instinct and reach out to a professional! Click here to schedule a free phone consultation with an experienced TherapyWorks speech therapist. Our team can give you tips for home practice and will let you know if your child might benefit from an evaluation. 

Here are a few speech and language milestones from birth to 12 months:

Speech and Language Milestones

Vocal Play: These are the first sounds that your baby will make! When your baby is content, he/she will make cooing and/or gurgling sounds. These may sound like “oh” or “ah” and usually emerge in the first three months. Babies will also blow raspberries, which might surprise them!  

Social Smiles: Babies will exchange social smiles between 6-12 weeks. These smiles are different than the ones your baby does in his/her sleep or when gassy. 

Babbling: Babies begin to babble between 4-6 months. Your baby will produce consonant-vowel (CV) or vowel-consonant combinations (VC), such as “maaaa” “ummm”. This will then turn into reduplicated babbling, between 7-10 months. He/she will repeat CV combinations, such as “bababa” or “mamama”. The last stage of babbling is known as variegated babbling. This occurs when your baby combines different CV combinations.

Responding to his/her name: Between 6-9 months, your child will start to respond when you call his/her name. Shortly after, he/she will begin to recognize common words and phrases. Your baby may look in the direction of an object you are talking about, or if he/she is on the move, your baby may move towards the object.

Using gestures to communicate: Beginning around 7 months, your baby will begin to use gestures to communicate. He/she may lift up his/her arms as a way of requesting to be picked up. Your baby also may wave “hi” or “bye.”

First word: We typically expect a baby to say his/her first word around a year. This word should be something other than “mama” or “dada.”

Speech and Language Milestones

If you have any questions regarding your baby’s speech and language development, please let us know! We can provide additional resources as well as strategies to encourage your baby to reach some of these milestones! Schedule a free phone consultation or complete a short questionnaire about your child via the link below.

COVID-19 Protocol

We hope you and your family are continuing to stay safe and healthy! We have outlined our protocols for in-person sessions during COVID-19. As you know, the health and safety of our clients and therapists remain our highest priority. As always, please reach out with any questions or concerns. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we work together through these unprecedented times.


Hand Washing:
Upon arrival at your home, your therapist will wash their hands with soap and water and/or use hand sanitizer. We ask that you and your child also wash your hands and/or use hand sanitizer upon your therapist’s arrival.
 
Facemasks:
We are asking our therapists to wear masks upon entering your home and throughout your child’s session. That said, we understand that some children have adverse reactions to seeing adults in masks and will leave it up to you and your therapist to decide your comfort level while still taking safety precautions.
 
We ask that parents and caregivers also follow the guidelines and wear masks when sitting in on sessions. We will not enforce that policy, but we do kindly ask for compliance.
 
As for your child, we realize that masks may not be appropriate for every child so we will not enforce the rule that children over the age of 2 should wear a mask.  However, if your therapist insists that your child wear a mask, then that will be a requirement directly between the two of you. We respect our therapists’ individual comfort levels with safety precautions and ask that you respect them as well.

 

Protocol Acknowledgment and Health Certification:

Before your child’s first in-person session, we are asking clients to submit an acknowledgment of these protocols and a health certification, which you can find here. Thank you again for your cooperation and for helping all of us stay healthy!