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What's the Average Age a Baby Learns How to Talk?

Babies should be uttering a few words by age 1 and have the ability to put words together in short sentences by age 2, says pediatrician Parnell Donahue of Brentwood, Tennessee. You may notice that your baby will begin to say nonsense syllables, such as “da da” and “ma ma,” at around 9 months, Donahue adds. Parents can help develop a baby’s vocabulary by sounding out the complete word when the child uses syllables, he suggests. “By repeating the proper pronunciation of the word, your baby will soon say it right,” Donahue observes.

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