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Even though your newborn can’t talk yet, her language skills are rapidly developing. See what language milestones to look for at this age.

Mother reading to newborn at night in light dimmed room

Talking, reading, and listening – these are all essential parts of your baby's language development. As your newborn grows, watch for these early language milestones:

  • Reacting to loud sounds

  • Calming down or smiling when spoken to

  • Recognizing your voice and calming down if crying

  • Starting or stopping sucking in response to sound during feeding

  • Cooing and making pleasure sounds

  • Showing a special way of crying for different needs

  • Smiling when he sees you

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QUICK TIP: Remember that every newborn is unique and may develops at different rates. If you're concerned about your child's development in any way, talk to your pediatrician or family doctor

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