Speech development of your 6month old

Speech development of your 6month old

Speech development of your 6month old

Understanding

Your baby understands speech even before they begin to speak. You might have noticed that from a very early age, they are interested in looking at your face and listening to your voice. At around 2-4 months, your baby will begin to respond to different tones that you might be using. 

For example, when you raise your voice, they may cry or if you make a funny sound, they may laugh.

Talking

1. Early sounds and noises - 

Starting from birth, your baby will make a variety of noises that will mean something to you. These sounds include crying, coughing, and breathing sounds. 

When you are feeding them, they will make sucking, burping, and low-pitched contented sounds. Crying and making noises are essential as they learn to control the air that comes from the lungs and use their vocal cords, it lays the foundation for speaking. 

2. Cooing - 

In the beginning, crying will be your baby's main means of communication with you and the family. slowly they will start to extend the range of sounds that they can make, they start to make "cooing" noises which gets develop alongside crying.

As the baby grows, she will use crying less often to communicate and cooing and expression more often to communicate with you. your baby will start to make sounds like "ooh" and "aah" and may make some variations of these sounds. 

at this stage, they will start smiling at you, they will wait for you to respond and they will probably smile back at you. They may try to imitate your facial expressions - for example copying you when you stick your tongue out.

The cooing stage is important as this is the time when your baby starts to develop control of the muscles needed for talking.

3. Vocal play - 

Later on, your baby will coo less and start to experiment with repeated sounds. your baby will make "bubbly" sounds in which their tongue makes contact with their lips, and "raspberry" sounds, in which their lips are placed together and vibrate. They will also start imitating sounds and intonation (the up and down tunes in speech) and start to recognize and respond to their names. 

Things to look out for

Every baby follows her developmental path but you should speak to a paediatrician immediately if your 6-month-old:

  • Won’t respond to nearby sounds.
  • Doesn’t make vowel sounds.