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Learns to Wait until Someone Else Is Finished Talking before Beginning to Speak (7-10 Months)

During their first 6 months, infants will often coo or babble while their caregivers are talking to them. By 7 to 8 months, babies are more likely to show vocal turn-taking: remaining quiet while someone speaks to them and making their own vocal responses when the person finishes. Babies may learn this type of turn-taking from adults, who usually speak to a baby, wait for a coo or gurgle in response, and then speak again to the baby.


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Snow, C. E., & Ferguson, C. A. (Eds.). (1977). Talking to children. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.