What counts as talking, and when can I expect it?
Baby should start babbling as early as four or five months, with some adorable “mamas” and “dadas” coming in the months after that. But as for more complete thoughts and sentences, be patient; she probably won’t turn into a real wordsmith until about two years. Wondering what you can do to help? Playing language games and talking to baby in a normal voice as much as possible can develop these skills. Reading to your baby may also encourage those first words and it’s a great way to establish a bedtime routine. But don’t worry if baby still seems to be moving at a slower pace. Every tot is different.