All children have something to say, however some children start talking later than expected. Children usually say their first words between 9 and 16 months, with the average being around their first birthday. Often, the first word is “Mum” or “Dad” but it can be anything, for example, pointing to a dog and saying “woo-oo” to imitate the dog barking. It doesn’t need to be pronounced correctly and can be an own word (e.g. the child says “baba” for “bottle”), but as long as your child uses it consistently to refer to someone or something, it is a proper word and it counts!
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