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Speech and language development milestones relate to receptive
language (the ability to understand words and sounds) and expressive language
(the ability to use speech and gestures to communicate meaning).
Receptive language skills are the first communication skills learned.
In the womb, babies hear and respond to familiar voices. Soon after birth, your baby starts to learn expressive language skills. Speech progresses from
isolated sounds to possibly making a simple word or two (like "mama") by the
end of the first year.
Babies less than 1 month old:
1- to 4-month-old babies:
5- to 6-month-olds:
7- to 9-month-olds:
December 21, 2012
Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics & Louis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics
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