Pregnancy and Beyond

From 4 to 8 months of age, check to see if your baby does most of the things listed below. By 5 to 7 months of age, babies are actively enjoying the pleasure of babbling to themselves and to you.

  • Responds to mother's voice.
  • Enjoys rattles and other sound-making toys.
  • Begins to turn head toward sounds that are out of sight.
  • Is startled or awakened by loud noise.
  • Laughs out loud.
  • Around 7 to 8 months, begins to babble using repeated syllables such as ba-ba-ba, pa-pa-pa, da-da-da.
  • Makes noises to herself when playing.

If you suspect a hearing or speech problem ask to be referred to a licensed audiologist who has experience in testing for hearing loss in babies.