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When Do Babies Start Talking?

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2 mins to read Apr 1, 2021

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months and continued breastfeeding for as long as possible. Growing up milks are formulated to meet nutrition needs of healthy young children older than 1 year and should not be fed to infants.


How many times have you heard your baby crying and wished if he could have said a simple word, just so you know what’s wrong with him?


How many times have you looked your baby in the eye and hoped that he surprises you with a word or a small babbling?

How many times has your baby pointed to an object and deep down you wished that he would just utter the object’s name out loud?

How many milestones did your child achieve whilst all you can really think of is when will he take a step forward and start expressing himself?

So, when will your baby start talking?

First, what you really need to know is that learning to talk is going to be a slow process for your child. Moreover, learning new vocabulary that can help him structure a sentence is going to take him a great deal of time. So, you have to be patient!

In general, a baby speaks his first words between the age of 11 and 14 months. These words are probably going to be “Mama” or “Dada” or any other word that he constantly hears.

At 16 months, your baby should be speaking up to 30 words if he’s a boy and 50 words if she’s a girl. It is proven that language development is normally more advanced in a girl at that age.

When your baby turns 2 years old, he may know around 200 words by that time, and he may also be able to combine 2 to 3 words.

By the time he’s three, he should be able to speak more difficult words and start a conversation.


On a final note, because every child has his own development pace that differentiates him from the others, we ask you to consider the above figures as average rates that might not correspond to your baby’s language development. 


Read More: Myths About Babies And The Development Of Speech 

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