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By one month of age every child should be showing awareness of sounds turning at least with their eyes towards voices or rattles Most babies start making cooing sounds by three months of age and make several other different sounds growling laughing etc By four months babies should be able to hold a conversation without words listening when you talk to them then talking back at you Of course on any given day a baby might be tired hungry or just too interested in looking at your earrings or the lights on the ceiling But if you feel that your child is consistently distant or distracted this could be an early sign of an important problem Almost all babies make at least one consonant-vowel sound such as ma or ba by 10 months of age By 11 months most will string two or more sounds together ma-ba- ba often with some changes in pitch By 10 months a baby should stop what she is doing if you say no to her dont expect her to remember the no for much longer than a couple of seconds though They should enjoy word-movement games like pat-a-cake and peek-a-boo If youve been doing bye-bye for a few weeks many 10-month-olds can do it at least some of the time when you ask them to Many but not all babies say their first real word between 11 and 14 months of age By real word I mean a sound that they use on their own not imitating to indicate the same thing every time even if the sound is not a word that anyone else ever uses such as doose to mean juice Often the first word is mama or dada Most one-year-olds communicate well even without words They let you know what they want with gestures make speech-like sounds even if you cant comprehend any of it and understand some simple things such as Give me the bottle
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