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Communication Milestones: Birth to 6 Months

Children develop at different rates and each may meet milestones earlier or later than others, even within the same family. If your child does not meet many of the milestones, contact a certified speech-language pathologist or audiologist for an assessment.

Birth to 3 Months

  • Quietens or smiles when you talk.

  • Alerts to sound.

  • Makes sounds that differ when happy or upset.

  • Makes sounds back and forth with you.

  • Coos and makes sounds like mmmm, oooo, and aahh.

  • Recognizes family members and some common objects.

  • Looks toward voices or people talking.

4 Months to 6 Months

  • Laughs and giggles.

  • Responds to facial expressions.

  • Looks at objects and follows them with their eyes.

  • Reacts to toys that make sounds, such as bells or music.

  • Vocalizes during play or with objects in their mouth.

  • Vocalizes various vowel sounds and ometimes combines them with a consonant, such as daaa or uumm.


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