Baby Language Skills and Development
In terms of communication and language skills, look for verbal and nonverbal responses. At a few months of age, an infant will smile in response to a familiar face or voice. Then the infant begins to babble, making lots of sounds, but no true words. Next come the repetitive consonant sounds. After age 7 months, the infant will hesitate or stop when hearing a "no" command. By 12 months, the infant may be following simple commands and continue repetitive sounds. Usually "mama" or "dada" will follow.
If this progression of verbal and nonverbal skills is not occurring, talk to your baby's doctor. As a parent, you can encourage the development of language skills by talking to your infant, singing songs and reading stories.