A baby speaking its first word(s) is often viewed as one of the key milestones in its first 9-14 months of existence.
Which means, as a parent, you’ve spent nearly a year being babbled at.
It’s cute and all, but you’re dying for some real conversation with your infant child. The babbling has taken a toll on your vocabulary as the gibberish nonsense has now become a part of your daily conversation.
Even the dog looks confused.
Naturally, some parents try to speed up the process and even attempt influence their baby’s first words (see Jimmy Fallon’s book, Dada).
Can you actually influence a baby’s first words? And should you?