When do babies start talking?

From when they were first born, your baby has been listening to you talking to them, and eavesdropping on your conversations. All of this listening and learning comes out as gurgles, then sounds, and – most excitingly of all – words.

First words – often mama or dada simply because they’re among the first sounds babies can make – often kick in at around 18 months (sometimes earlier and sometimes later). Typically, around the two-year mark, your toddler will be stringing words together into simple sentences to communicate ideas and feelings.

If you have any concerns about your child’s development, contact your Healthcare Professional.

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