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December 30, 2013
What Are Protowords?

Between 10-12 months of age, your baby is likely to begin using what are called protowords, which are words that are similar to—but not quite—actual words. Say, “gaga” for Grandma or “baba” for bottle. How is that different from the sort of repetitive babbling you’ve been hearing for the last several months? Whereas your child used to say “bababababa” in a continuous string, he now cuts it short to two syllables that actually refer to a bottle (or something else). It’s a much closer approximation of speech. Listen for it (but don’t be overly concerned if it’s not happening exactly in this timeframe)!

 
 

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