As a baby
It is never too soon to talk to your baby. You can start as soon as they are born. Babies love faces. Hold them close so they can see your face as you talk to them.
At 3 months old your baby is likely to be starting to...
- Use different cries to express their feelings.
- Recognise familiar voices.
- Respond to loud noises like a door slamming.
- Stick out their tongue and move their lips when you speak to them.
- Smile at around 5-6 weeks.
- Laugh at about 3 months.
- Make cooing noises at around 3 months.
- Show a real interest in your face.
At 6 months, your baby will be starting to ...
- Make and play with different sounds, saying, for example, baba, dada
- Cry in different ways to express different needs.
- Make noises to get attention
- Make sounds when people speak to them, almost as if they are talking back!
- Recognise different emotions in parent’s voice and may respond differently e.g. smile, quieten, laugh,
- Smile at familiar faces
- Laugh while playing.