Parents ask me all the time. When will my child talk. Or they’ll tell me, with a worried expression, “they aren’t saying anything yet.” Often, in story time, parents see other children reaching milestones that perhaps their child is not. I’m here to tell you…don’t worry!
All children develop at a different rate and it will only cause worry to compare your child to another’s. Milestones are met at a wide range of age spans. The Baby Center tells us that first words happen around 12 to 18 months of age. But I’ve heard some children speak earlier than that and even much later. Of course, see your pediatrician if you are concerned.
The most important thing you, as a parent or caregiver, can do is READ and TALK to your little one. They need to hear language to learn oral language. Also, if your child is learning two languages at the same time — great! It just may take a little longer but the benefits of a being a dual language speaker are many.
Read, Sing, Talk, Play and Write!
See you in the Story Time Room!