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0-6 Months

This is a guide to how children develop speech and language between 0 and 6 months.


Children develop skills at different rates, but by 6 months, usually children will:

  • Turn towards a sound when they hear it.
  • Be startled by loud noises.
  • Watch your face when you talk to them.
  • Recognise your voice.
  • Smile and laugh when other people smile and laugh.
  • Make sounds to themselves, like cooing, gurgling and babbling.
  • Make noises, like coos or squeals, to get your attention.
  • Have different cries for different needs. For example one cry for hunger, another when they are tired.

Progress Checker

Check the Progress of your child’s communication development using our Progress Checker for children at the following ages:

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