Birth to 3 months
- Jumps or blinks to loud sounds
- Stirs or awakens when someone talks
- Makes vowel sounds like "ohh" and "ahh"
- Quiets or smiles when spoken to
3 to 6 Months
- Responds to your voice even when you cannot be seen
- Enjoys toys that make sounds
- Pays attention to music
- Starts babbling ("baba," "mama," "gaga")
- Uses a variety of sounds, squeals, chuckles
6 to 9 Months
- Turns head toward loud sounds
- Responds to his or her name
- Begins to imitate speech sounds
- Understands "no-no" or "bye-bye"
9 to 12 Months
- Repeats simple words and sounds you make
- Correctly uses "mama" or "dada"
- Responds to singing or music
- Points to favorite toys and objects when asked
Is your baby's hearing on track?
Your child’s speech and language development depends on his or her ability to hear. A hearing loss can interrupt or delay the ability to communicate. All children, even newborns and young babies, can have their hearing tested. If you suspect a hearing problem, ask your doctor to refer your child to an audiologist. Seek prompt medical treatment if you suspect your child may have an ear infection.