Hearing and Speech Milestones in Babies from Birth Till the Age of 1 Year

Hearing and Speech Milestones in Babies from Birth till the Age of 1 Year

Becoming a parent is a very proud feeling. Our life rotates around our child. Our child is our centre of life. Everything we do is for our child. We give them our full attention during their developing age. Children show a variety of changes every day from day one and we notice them. Here are some milestones during their developing age (from birth to 1 year). This chart is based on average listed skills. Every parent should notice them every day. Every child is different so their developing time may vary from some days to some weeks. So don’t worry when your child is not showing development on exactly the same time as listed below.  If the duration of your child to show changes is more than some weeks, I request you to contact your developmental paediatrician once you get to know developmental delays.

Hearing and Understanding Development in a Child

From Birth to 3rd Month

  • Gets startled by loud sounds
  • Quiet or smiling when spoken to
  • Seems to recognise your voice and becomes quiet when crying
  • Increase or decrease in sucking behaviour in response to sound

From 4th Month to 6th Month

  • Moves eyes in direction of the sound
  • Responds to changes in tone of your voice
  • Notices toys that make sound
  • Pays attention to music

From 7th Month to 12th Month

  • Turns and looks in the direction of sound
  • Listens to sounds
  • Recognises common words like cup, shoe, etc
  • Begins to respond toa request like come here, eat more, etc

Talking Development in a Child

From Birth to 3rd Month

  • Makes pleasure sounds
  • Cries differently for different needs
  • Smiles, when he sees you

From 4th Month to 6th Month

  • Makes gurgling sounds when playing with you or left alone
  • Vocalises excitement and displeasure

From 7th Month to 12th Month

  • Uses speech or non-crying sounds to get your attention
  • Speaks 1 or 2 words ( baba, kaka ) although may not be clear

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