Speech and baby
Speech has its beginnings in the cooing and gurgling of the baby from the third month onwards.
He vocalizes more and more and makes all sorts of noises which mean nothing, and yet his speech is developing all the time.
By 6 months he is constantly babbling and one can discern some semblance to Sounds like na-na, pa-pa and so on.
From 9 months to a year, the sounds become more in number and the baby may use one sound for his mother, another for milk and yet another for water, and so on.
Between 1 and 2 years the vocabulary increases gradually, and the child is able to express himself and talk fairly clearly.
Some children talk baby-talk longer than others, which is quite normal.
It is better to use proper words while talking to the child, rather than baby-talk.
Many parents get worried if their child is not speaking by l years. It is important to recall by which time the baby attained the other milestones like sitting, crawling, standing, playing with toys, etc.
If all the other things have been done at the right time there is nothing to worry, as your baby may just be a late talker.
He may outdo many others later on and talk your head off.
You have to make sure that he hears normally. You will have to test it several times because at times babies do not respond because they are absorbed in something else.
If you have any doubt, consult your doctor.
The often held belief that delayed speech is due to a tongue tie, is not true. Between the ages of 2 and 3, boys and girls, more often boys, stumble over their words or repeat words or parts of them. It is a mistake to consider these temporary difficulties as speech defects.
A child whose hearing and speech organs are normal gets over these minor difficulties in the course of development if he is not made selfconscious. When they are 2 or 3 children are trying very hard to learn to speak. The ideas come faster than the words and they find it difficult to speak at that rate, and so hesitate and stutter.