It may appear at first that babies are just good listeners—but in fact they are good talkers, too!
Beginning at about 2-3 months, they use their voices to coo, laugh and squeal. Babies are learning the "rules" of conversation when they are very young and will be quiet during a conversation and then wait for a moment of silence, and babble, and then wait for you to respond.
By about 6 months, babies will make sounds like "da-da" or "ba-ba" or "ma-ma"; it isn't until about one year that they will link these sounds with an object and say "ba-ba" when they want a bottle.
Here's what you can do to encourage your baby's language:
- Talk with your baby
- Respond to your baby's sounds
- Watch your baby
- Sing to your baby
- Read to your baby
- Tell stories to your baby
Keep them talking!