From birth, baby is also hearing your voice and learning to listen to certain sounds. Learn more about the hearing and listening skills they’ll develop in their first year.

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Did you know baby hears and listens to you? This is great because it helps build language development. Here are some skills and tips for hearing and listening development.

0-3 Months

  • Skill: Baby may coo in response to your voice.
  • Tip: Help keep baby’s hearing/listening engaged by narrating your day.

4-6 Months

  • Skill: Baby notices toys that make sounds.
  • Tip: Help baby by listening to music and playing with sound toys.

7-9 Months

  • Skill: Baby can identify sounds, such as animal or car sounds.
  • Tip: Help baby connect words to images by reading picture books.

10-12 Months

  • Skill: Baby gestures with sounds to communicate wants and needs.
  • Tip: Help two-way communication by responding to baby’s sounds.