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Attempts to Imitate Some Sounds (1-4 Months)

After 2 months, some infants begin repeating a few of the exaggerated vowel sounds they hear when their caregivers speak “Parentese” with them. These sounds are usually vowel sounds (ooh, oh, or aah sounds, for example). As infants imitate sounds in response to their caregivers, they also begin to learn some basic rules of conversation, like taking turns.


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