Growth & Skill Development
Baby's first words
By the end of her first year, your baby will begin to communicate that she wants something by pointing, crawling, or gesturing toward her target. She'll also imitate many gestures she sees adults make as they talk. This nonverbal communication is only temporary until she learns how to phrase her questions in words.
Coos, gurgles, and screeches of earlier months will give way to recognizable syllables, including "ba," "da," "ga," and "ma." Don't be surprised if your child accidentally stumbles on words such as "mama" and "bye-bye." It often happens. And when you get excited, she'll realize she's said something meaningful. Before long, she'll start using those words to attract your attention.
As your baby understands more, conversations can take on a new significance. Talk to your child as much as possible. Tell her what's happening around her, especially as you bathe, change, or feed her. Make your language simple, consistent, and specific. Your little one may not always understand what you're telling her, but she's learning that communication is two-way and that she's welcome to join in.