Your newborn has been honing his listening skills since before he was born, and now he’s making the sounds that will become words and then sentences to last a lifetime.

Newborn Communication: Hearing and Language

Humans are social beings. Our brains are programmed to communicate with one another. Your newborn is no exception. He's been honing his listening skills 

since before he was born, and now he’s making the sounds that will become words and then sentences to last a lifetime.

Like other baby growth stages and developmental skills, babies learn to communicate at their own pace. Try to be an active part of the conversation by playing, reading and singing to your newborn. Above all, be patient.

As a guide, here's how your newborn may be communicating in his first months of life.

Month 2

  • He'll start to copy some of your vowel sounds.
  • He will be able to recognize your voice.

Month 3

  • He can create different vowel sounds on his own, called cooing. Try mimicking each other's cooing, for practice and smiles.