Baby first words; When do babies start talking?

Baby first words

Share This Post

Share on facebook
Share on linkedin
Share on twitter
Share on email


We will talk about baby first words in this blog.

The parenting journey starts just after your baby cries for the first time. This journey is full of swings and sways. A lot of beautiful moments and memories for life are accumulated from the early years of your child. Hearing your baby say his first words are the most fascinating feeling for any parent. And this is something most moms and dads are concerned about.

When do babies start talking? What is the age that babies talk at? When will my baby call me, ma-ma? Why did my baba say Dada first? What is the first word my baby will say? How can I teach my baby to talk? And many more. These are the most concerned questions of parents and especially mothers about their young ones. Although Waiting for your product to develop is quite an impatient experience and exciting too! But, the truth is this is all about hard work and patience. We will try to answer all of these questions in this blog.

When a baby is born, he starts to talk! I might be sounding weird to say this! But, yeah, right after birth, the baby starts to express himself through different sounds and crying, which represents their physical needs. From hunger to gas in his stomach, he tries to communicate it to you through his own “Baby Talk.

In this blog, we will share with you the timeline of your baby’s speech development of real first words. We will also tell you some common baby first words, and when should you be concerned about your baby’s slow speech development. So let’s have a tour of this milestone of your baby and your parenting journey.

Baby Speech Development Milestones: Baby First Words

By this timeline of the baby’s language timeline, we have tried to help you to find answers to your most asked question. When do babies start talking? Before going into the timeline, it should be clear that each child is unique, and the timeline discussed is not the standard or best. Some babies might develop their language and speaking skills before the time span discussed, and the other few can be slow in developing their language skills. Therefore it is nothing to worry about. The age that babies talk varies for every baby! And that is perfectly alright to do!

  • At the age of 2 to 3 months, your baby will start to listen to your words, your pet’s sound, music playing around, the horn of the car, etc. After 3 months, your baby’s baby talk will start in the form of cooing. He will try to imitate you by producing happy, gentle singing in his own language.

Baby first words: Babbling

  • By 6 months, the next milestone of babbling is achieved by your baby. After their birth to the age of 3 years, the mental development of children is very rapid. Their brain is working on many things simultaneously. Around 6 months, the babies start to babble by the repetition of some syllables like ma-ma or da-da. We have also shared some most common baby first words in the next section of baby first words list.

This is what most of us regard as baby first words. But this is not the fact. They are doing it just to make words and trying to speak. Your baby might be saying da-da for your house pet dog. So, don’t get overwhelmed by considering this babble of da-da to be the first real word of your baby as daddy. At the time of 7 months, they start to respond when their name is taken.

Advanced Language development

  • By the age of 9 months, your baby’s language development has been advanced to that level where he can understand some basic instructions and commands. For example, if you say the word, “No, he might stop whatever he is doing. He will be understanding words like bye-bye, hi, no, etc. Their babbling will also be advanced by 9 months with a pleasant addition of more consonants.

Baby First Words and talking

  • Between the age of 12 to 18 months, babies start to talk by using some basic words. They can call their parents with names mama and daddy or dad. But, this time, they mean it. Moreover, your little one will also understand and respond to your instructions. For example, if you say, please give me a hug, he might respond, but necessarily he understands what you are saying.
  • After 18 months to 2 years, your baby’s vocabulary is rapidly expanding. After 18 months, he will be understanding and pointing toward his various body parts, objects around, and other things. He is adding a good number of words in his vocabulary. Not just words, but by 2 years, your baby will be apple to speak some little phrases like, me fine, Bye-bye, or asking for food by saying me noo-noos.
  • 3 years is the age that babies talk finally!The vocabulary of your baby will be enhanced to that level where he starts to understand complex words and their meanings like, now, there, sad, etc.

Baby first words list

There are several concerns of parents about the speech development of their child. After “When do babies start talking?“, the second most asked question is, “What is the first word my baby will say?

Dear moms and dads, as we earlier discussed that your baby starts his baby talk after a few months of birth. He tries different sounds in his own baby talk, which are sometimes meaningful as real words or other times added to babbling. Therefore, we have collected some general baby first words and compiled them in the form of a list as baby first words list for you. Let’s have a look at it.

  • Dada or daddy (It necessarily doesn’t mean dad, it can be anything which your baby can relate to or even a meaningless repetition of syllables.)
  • Mama or Mommy for mother.
  • Hiya, hello, or Hi.
  • Doggy or Puppy for the dog.
  • Kitty for the cat.
  • No (To add to your surprise, according to a survey done with parents, No is the most common first word of babies.)
  • Bye
  • Uh Oh ( Because this is what we use most often whenever something gets wrong or frustrating. Moms your baby is your best imitator. So beware! )

How can I teach my baby to speak?

How can I make my baby talk? Can I teach my baby to talk? When should I start to teach my baby to speak? How can I encourage my toddler to talk? Many moms and dads are seen as concerned about their kids and want them to do everything perfectly. Your baby is your best imitator. And he starts to understand you and listen to you long before when you tried to make him understand what you say. In the learning stage, babies mostly use few words as their vocabulary has not expanded yet. Being parents, you can help your little babbler to talk and say clear words.

Here are some tips from our side to help you with your parenting milestone. Wish you luck with it. Let’s move into it.

Eyes say a lot!

Watch and pay attention to your babies. Try to understand their expressions and gesture to know what they want to communicate to you. If your baby is looking at you with his arms up, asking you to lift him up, pay enough attention. Encourage these nonverbal baby talks to make a stronger bond with your baby.

Give them your ears!

One rule of parenting is to be a good listener. Give your baby enough time to talk to you. His babbling or cooing might be meaningless to you, but babies are trying to make words and imitate the sounds around them. And a good parent is the one who listens a lot to his child. If your baby is cooing and babbling right after getting your attention, repeat those sounds, and try to understand them.

Praise like sunlight helps all to grow!

Praise is like a fuel to success! If your baby is attempting or trying different sounds, encourage him and praise him by a lively smile and applause. When babies feel confident by looking at your smile, they will try harder to say words.

Talk about what you are doing!

As much time you have a baby talk with your little one, it will help him in his speech development. For example, imitate your baby’s sounds, try to translate his gestures into words for him, or whenever you are doing something with your baby, talk about it. For example, if you are making noodles for him, talk to him like “Mommy is making noo noo’s for Michael.” Point to the tree at the corner of the street and call its name every time you go out with your baby.

Cheer them up like they are champions!

No matter if you don’t understand what your baby is saying. So, be there for him and repeat whatever you think he said. Encourage him to keep trying. Your strong smile and attention will keep your baby right on the track to learn how to talk!

  1. Let them lead!

When your baby is sitting with his toys and playing, spend time with him! Listen to him and show involvement in his play! Keep on asking him questions about what he is doing and follow whatever he instructs you by babble or gestures!

  1. Storytime with story picture books!

The great reader when adults are those who have been given enough time by their parents as storytime! Your babies are learning very fast until the age of 3. Spend enough time to read stories for them and point at every picture or object in the story when reading stories to them.

What is the maximum normal age that babies talk at?

You might be concerned about your baby’s speech development. We have already discussed in the above sections that the spectrum of normal age that babies talk is very broad. Even if your child is just starting to make words at the age of 18 months, it is perfectly fine. How babies’ speech development process work is repetition and imitation. They listen to sounds around them and imitate them to make complete words.

If you suspect that your baby has passed the normal age that babies talk at, you should look for the speech delay signs in him. If you can spot any such problem at an early stage, it will be better to improve it earlier!

Some signs to watch in your baby to detect speech delay are as follow:

  • At the age of 12 months, he is not using gestures, for example, asking for something by pointing, or waving a goodbye
  • By the age of 18 months, he is just using gestures and not trying to vocalize his ideas. He is not responding to your commands or instructions
  • By the age of 2 years, he can just repeat your words after you and do not try to create words by themselves!

After spotting these signs, you should visit your pediatrician to discuss your baby’s condition. We have shared different red flags with you. As early as you spot any of these red flags, you should visit your pediatrician as a precaution.

Final Words

You might have heard the quote of Lady Bird Johnson,

“Encourage and support your kids because children are apt to live what you believe for them.”

No matter what the age that babies talk, they are adorable and lovable. Whatever the first baby words, show them love, and encourage them to try. Celebrate all the small milestones of your little one’s growing years! Encourage your children and try to live within the world of your kids. Otherwise, you will miss all the fun of parenting and memories that remains with your whole life!

Last but not least, if your baby has some delayed speech problems, you should support your child in his learning process because the care and attention is the best thing to give your children! Happy parenting life!

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Get updates and learn from the best

More To Explore

Hey you!

Get weekly Tips & Tricks for you and your baby!
(for free)