Parents’ Guide to Baby’s Communication is part of our Parents’ Guide series. View the entire series for quick videos, packed full of development info and tips.

The communication skills that babies learn during their first year sets them up for success in developing reading, writing and social skills for later in life. Babies communicate before they say their first words through their cries, coos, facial expressions and body language.

Start communicating with your baby from birth to help them reach important communication milestones. Some tips for encouraging speech and language development include:
• Play with sounds
• Read with your baby
• Describe your actions
• Use a high-pitches, sing-song voice
• Encourage 2-way communication
• Use facial expressions and gestures has even more info on communication development. Visit our communication page to learn more.