Communication with babies and toddlers

Information about babbling, baby language and speech development, with guidance on when babies learn to talk, chatting with your baby and more.
Interacting and communicating with your baby and discovering what they are trying to tell you can be a wonderful experience. Find out more about baby talk, sounds and cues here.
Here we look at babbling, gesturing and baby language development from 6 to 12 months. At this stage, babies are developing quickly and will gesture and recognise key words.
A baby’s first words are usually heard between 12 and 18 months. You can encourage speech development with baby talk and by recognising child language development stages.
How can you encourage a child’s language development, and what milestones occur between 18 to 24 months for toddlers? Find out more about speech development here.
As your baby grows into a toddler and starts saying their first words, it’s an incredibly exciting time. Find out about toddler talk, using stories and more on development.
Here we look at communication and language development in children. We discuss how you can encourage progress with your baby and eventually help a toddler learn to talk.
Teaching your child to read and enjoying books together from an early age is a fantastic way to encourage their understanding of words and language.
Discover the importance and benefits of outdoor play for kids. Being outdoors can be an exciting sensory experience in the early years; here we discuss some fun activities.
Coping with a crying baby can be a challenge. Here are tips on how to stop a baby from crying. Discover techniques you can use to soothe, calm and comfort your child.