Speech Milestones

Birth to 3 months

  • Jumps or blinks to loud sounds
  • Stirs or awakens when someone talks
  • Makes vowel sounds like "ohh" and "ahh"
  • Quiets or smiles when spoken to

3 to 6 Months

  • Responds to your voice even when you cannot be seen
  • Enjoys toys that make sounds
  • Pays attention to music
  • Starts babbling ("baba," "mama," "gaga")
  • Uses a variety of sounds, squeals, chuckles

6 to 9 Months

  • Turns head toward loud sounds
  • Responds to his or her name
  • Begins to imitate speech sounds
  • Understands "no-no" or "bye-bye"

9 to 12 Months

  • Repeats simple words and sounds you make
  • Correctly uses "mama" or "dada"
  • Responds to singing or music
  • Points to favorite toys and objects when asked

Is your baby's hearing on track?

Your child’s speech and language development depends on his or her ability to hear. A hearing loss can interrupt or delay the ability to communicate. All children, even newborns and young babies, can have their hearing tested. If you suspect a hearing problem, ask your doctor to refer your child to an audiologist. Seek prompt medical treatment if you suspect your child may have an ear infection.