15 Things Babies Should Be Able To Do Before They Speak

Every parent gets excited about the many milestones in a baby's life. Each "first" moment is precious, from the first time that they tightly hold the parents' finger, all the way to the first sounds that they make, and the first time that they roll over.

I think one of the most beautiful moments is the first time you get to see your little child smile at you, that is such a heartwarming experience. Also the first time they giggle really touches the heart. The sounds of a happy baby bring joy beyond measure.

Even though most parents can’t wait for some of those wonderful experiences, the sad thing is that they will grow so very fast and then you will really miss those days. I know I really miss those milestones with my own children, but at the same time, I am so glad that they have grown into such wonderful adults.

One of the happiest moments is the first time you hear your baby say, Mamma or Dada. That is such a joyous moment but before that happens there are many other milestones to reach first. Enjoy every single one of them, they are all moments in time that you will never forget. Here is a short list of things that your baby should do before he or she talks to you.

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15 Respond To Certain Sounds

According to madhuriesingh.com, a new baby doesn’t respond to sound right away unless it is loud or suddenly startling, which causes them to jerk because of their startle reflex. Mom and dad are usually the voices the child will hear the most and so it won’t take long for your baby to begin to recognize the familiarity of your voice, and you will know that the first time you see your child turn his or head toward your voice.

There is a big difference between mom and dad when it comes to your child, a baby will recognize mom’s voice even in the womb by the sound and the vibrations, and so mom’s voice will be very familiar, even right after birth but it will take longer with dad, although it may help for him to spend a lot of time talking to your belly during pregnancy.

14 Lifting Their Head

Somewhere around six weeks old, according to madhuriesingh.com, your baby should be able to start lifting up his or her head, which is a very good sign that the baby is getting stronger. This is not really one of the more exciting milestones but still, a very important one.

If the child is between 6-12 weeks and is not lifting its own head you may want to speak with your doctor.

Not all babies will grow and develop the same, some will take a little more time, but you can have a general idea of when to expect certain things and if they don’t reach those milestones it’s always good to be reassured by a doctor. You should notice them trying to lift their head when looking for food.

13 Raising Their Shoulders During Tummy Time

Tummy time is a very special bonding time for you and your child. This time can be shared between mom and dad because it is a great experience for the both of you. I know I had a lot of tummy time with my son, and it created a very special bond.

One of the first things a mother does with her baby right after birth is have a little tummy time for that immediate bond. These are definitely some of the times you will keep in your memory forever and will greatly miss when they grow out of it.

As it is said on madhuriesingh.com You may notice that at around six months your baby may be able to use his arms to support his weight when he is on his stomach. This is another very good sign of growing stronger.

12  Make Eye Contact

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At around six weeks you should notice that your little baby is able to fix his eyes on you and then around three months the child should be able to follow your movements according to madhuriesingh.com. It is a good feeling to know that your baby visually recognizes you and also a good sign that the baby’s eyesight is developing more.

Your baby is already used to your voice and now at this point can match your face with your voice so the child can recognize you in more than one way, which is a very good thing. Your little one’s sense of sight is now going to be working on overtime as there is so much to see.

Of course, they won’t be able to see past you right away but the world around them will begin to clear up quickly.

11 Start Mimicking Sounds

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From the very beginning of life, a baby will make its own little sounds to indicate a specific need. Mothers are usually very good at understanding the meaning of each and every sound a baby makes. Sometimes it takes daddy a little longer. Mamma and baby have been one for so long and so there is a very special connection she has with her child that dad doesn’t have.

In between 1-3 months your child will start to mimic certain sounds according to thebabycorner.com This is a good thing because it means that your baby wants to be able to communicate things back to you. Enjoy this time because it won’t be long and you won’t be able to stop them or get a word in edgewise.

Once a baby develops a good speech pattern they want to talk non-stop, but you will love hearing them.

10 Open And Close Their Hands

At first, a new baby keeps his fists clenched tightly. This is not something that is done deliberately, it is just a reflex, and if you try to pry their hands open you will notice that a baby has a very strong grip.

As it says on parents.com, your child may try to pry one hand open with the other around 6 weeks old.

They will start to slowly unfold their hands at around 8 weeks. At this point, anything you place in the child’s hand they will grab onto very tight. It is truly amazing how much strength these little ones have in their tiny little hands. This is another very important milestone reached.

It won’t be long and this little bundle of joy will be reaching up to you wanting to be held, I remember those days very well, it is truly heartwarming when your child reaches up for you.

9 Giggle And Laugh A Lot

According to thebump.com before your baby ever starts talking, he or she will do a lot of giggling and laughing and it will melt your heart. It is the most pleasant sound to hear a baby laughing, one of life's pure joys.

Somewhere around 3-4 months old is when your baby might let out their first real laugh and you will no doubt laugh back and the baby will get used to getting a reaction every time they laugh and so they will do it more and more. This is definitely a sound that you will never get tired of hearing.

Even with older children, there is just something about a child’s laughter that really touches on our hearts. I don’t think any sound is more pleasant to the ears than a child's laughter.

8  Learn To Sit Up

Another huge milestone is when your baby starts to sit up on his own which could be as early as 4 months or even up 9 months depending on the baby. but according to parents.com, this doesn’t happen all at once. Your baby will keep trying a little at a time as his strength builds up.

When you notice that your baby can hold up his head on his own, you can start sitting him up with some type of support and then little by little you will start noticing that he can hold himself up more and more.

It won’t be long and your little one will be sitting in a high chair for meals, making messes all over the floor by sending a good portion of his dinner through the air.

7  Roll From Tummy To Back

Your baby should be able to start rolling from his stomach to back and then from his back to stomach between 5-6 months according to babycenter.com and this is a good sign that his neck and arm muscles are getting stronger.

Some parents like to lay their baby on the bed with pillows or blankets bunched up around them, but once they are able to roll over DO NOT EVER leave your baby on the bed like that and walk away because now they can roll off of the bed. At this stage, it would be a good idea to have a playpen for your baby to roll around in.

Before long he will be rolling out the door to college, enjoy every single moment because they go so very fast.

6 See Full Colors

According to aoa.org babies may have good color vision around 5 months of age, which is also about the time that their eyes begin to work together to gain a better focus on the world around them.

It is an exciting time when you start to notice that your child is starting to look at you more when you are near to them.

Prior to this you may sometimes feel a little down thinking that your baby doesn’t even know who you are, but that is not true they already know the sound of your voice, they know that mom and dad's voice is associated with taking care of him, so even if your baby isn’t looking right at you in the first months they still know you. And believe me, the months go by faster than you will know.

5 Sit Up Without Help

Although your baby may start learning to sit up around 4 months, according to babycenter.com it won’t be until about 7-8 months before they can actually sit well without any assistance. The reason this is a very important milestone is that this shows that their neck and back muscles are getting good and strong.

Once they are able to sit on the floor unassisted, it won’t be long at all until he starts to pull himself up to try to stand. But for now, just enjoy some time sitting on the floor with him and playing, it can be another special bonding time for both of you. Of course, he will want to start exploring much more and won’t be as content staying in one spot anymore. You may be thinking, "I just brought him home from the hospital and now look at him!"

4 Start To Crawl

Around 6 or 7 months old your baby may start to realize that he can lunge himself forward and then begin to balance on his hand and knees, and you know what happens next, he is crawling. By ten months according to babycenter.com, he will have mastered the art of crawling, and now there is no stopping him.

Once your child is crawling, it is time to put up the safety gates because he is going to want to explore every inch of his territory.

He may start out slow but will venture out farther and farther.

At this stage, you should by now have cabinets locked, gates up, and safety covers in the sockets. The days of junior exploration have begun. Watch out mamma, he is on the move.

3 Pick Up Objects

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At around 4 months your baby does not yet have the finger dexterity needed to pick up small items with his fingers, but according to babycenter.com he will be able to grasp and pick up larger objects like blocks

Between 4-7 months your baby will start to pick up smaller objects, he will also be able to hold a spoon but will not yet be able to put the spoon in his mouth.

Between 9-12 months your child should be able to pick up objects very easily and he should be able to use his thumb and pointer fingers to pick up very small objects. You will want to always make sure now that there is nothing laying around that you baby can stick in his mouth because at this age they become human vacuum cleaners.

2 Supporting Their Legs When Held Up

Your baby should be able to support some weight on his legs when being held up on his feet according to madhuriesingh.com.

Of course, he is still about another 6 months away from actually being able to stand but he is getting stronger every day.

Babies grow in size and strength at a very fast rate of speed. Though their speech takes the longest for them to master, all of their other milestones happen so quickly that you really don’t want to blink too often within the first year because each time you blink there will be a new milestone. Not to worry if you think your little one is growing too fast, you could always try for another one and start all over again. I mean why stop at one, every child needs a sibling or two.

1  Pull Up To Stand

According to madhuriesingh.com by the time your child reaches 12 months of age, he should be able to pull himself up to a stand and it is only a very short time from there that he will be taking his first steps. Once a baby realizes he can stand he will want to walk around and he will try and try until it just happens and there you have it, he is now free to wonder about, so now you really need some good gates, although it doesn’t take them long at all to start climbing the gates.

Having those feet on the floor seems to bring power to the child, now that I know how to use my feet I can start climbing also, and believe me they will.

And now after all of these wonderful milestones, your baby might start to say mamma and or dada.

References: madhuriesingh.com , thebabycorner.com , parents.com, thebump.com, babycenter.com , aoa.org

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