There are few things cuter than a baby learning to speak. After months of communicating by crying and pointing, they can finally say what they are thinking … kind of. Before actual speech comes an important stage of development known as “babbling,” during which babies experiment with making sounds associated with language. While first words are typically spoken around year one, babbling can begin as early as 4 to 7 months.
Research has shown that the more you talk to your baby, the more your baby will talk back. Reading to your child, involving them in household chores and making family dinners a priority are ways to help your child familiarize themselves with language. Repetition is key, so don’t be surprised if they enjoy hearing the same words, songs or books over and over again.
At 16 months of age, it’s clear that baby Emilia has had plenty of babbling practice. Hearing her “talk” to her dad on the phone is simply adorable – if only we could understand what she is saying!