Small talk can make a difference

Babies understand words at six months


A report carried out by psychologists at the University of Pennsylvania has found that babies as young as six months can understand a wide vocabulary.


Although she won’t be able to talk back to you, your baby may be able to understand what you are saying months before she utters her first word, making it even more important to talk to your baby.

The study suggests that, rather than indulging in baby talk, parents should speak to babies normally from a young age as it may improve their child’s language and communication skills.

Previous research has suggested that our little ones only start to understand the meaning of words at around one year.


Professor Daniel Swingley of the University of Pennsylvania said: ‘Talk to babies and they are going to understand a bit of what you’re saying. And the more they know, the more they can build on it.’

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