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A baby's first years are full of milestones -- including communication skills. Take our quiz to see how to develop these skills.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

How many weeks does it take a fetus to recognize its mother's voice?

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The correct answer is: A developing fetus can hear voices filtered through tissues, bones and fluid. And by week 24 in the womb, they recognize -- and are calmed by -- their mothers' voices.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

True or false: More than half of what you communicate to your baby comes from body movements.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Fifty-five percent of what a parent communicates to a child is through body movements (mostly facial expressions). Thirty-eight percent is vocal (pitch, volume and rhythm) and seven percent is verbal.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

What is "kangaroo care" known for?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Rest your baby's front on your chest for two to three hours a day. Called "kangaroo care," it's been linked to calmer babies, improved breathing, fewer infections and better sleep synchronization between mother and child.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

How can a new father bond with his baby?

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The correct answer is: New dads can bond with their babies by giving daily massages. These help the baby relax, and it's especially nice for dads who are out of the loop with breastfeeding moms.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

At what age will babies have distinguishable cries?

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The correct answer is: When a baby is 2 months old, you may be able to distinguish between "I'm wet" and "I'm hungry" cries, and the cries in between.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

What is your baby trying to communicate if he's crying and squirming?

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The correct answer is: If your baby is squirming and crying it could be a dirty diaper.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

You know a baby is hungry when he cries and does what?

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The correct answer is: If your baby cries and turns his head to the side or puts his fist in his mouth, he's hungry. The cry may sounds like a "neh" or "nah."

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

What does the cry "eh-eh-eh" mean?

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The correct answer is: If your baby's cries sound like "eh-eh-eh" and he's pulling his knees to his chest and tensing up, he probably has gas and needs to be burped.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

What is a baby trying to tell you when he's crying and kicking?

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The correct answer is: When a baby cries, kicks, blinks and yawns -- he's tired. He might also make an "owh" yawn sound.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

How often do babies cry every day?

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The correct answer is: Babies cry about one to two hours a day on average. After all, that's their only way of communicating!

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

When will a baby imitate sounds?

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The correct answer is: At 3 months, babies babble and may even imitate sounds.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

How should you say "I'm going to feed the dog now" to a baby?

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The correct answer is: Say, "Do you think the doggie is hungry?" because questions initiate conversation and engage children with changes in inflection.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

True or false: Parents arguing can cause a 6-month-old baby to feel stressed.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Even if a child can't yet talk, he can sense vibes during arguments and can feel stress.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

At what age should a child recognize his name?

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The correct answer is: By the age of 1 year, your child should recognize his name and look to you when you say it.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

What word should your child know by her first birthday?

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The correct answer is: Your child should know the word "no" by his first birthday.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

True or false: It's OK for kids to wrestle you when they're upset, stressed or angry.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Often boys may feel like hitting when they're upset. When a body is reacting emotionally or physically, go ahead and wrestle a bit with him to give him a chance to vent physically without actually hitting anything. It also helps diffuse the situation.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

At 18 months, your child can throw a ball while standing up. What else can he do?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. While your child may have a vocabulary of about 20 words, he will learn more from nonverbal signals than actual words. How you say something is just as important as what you say. An added bonus of this age? Now is the perfect time to teach your child a second language.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

True or false: Specific praise like "Great jumping!" is better than general praise like "You're such a good boy!"

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The correct answer is: This is true. Practice telling your child what he did well (""Good jumping!"") rather than giving general praise (""You're such a good boy!""). Children learn and develop more if you honor their strengths, rather than pump them with accolades they know you're just saying because you're the parent.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

When are children most receptive to hearing your words?

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The correct answer is: Spend time with your child as he falls asleep. As children lose their energy, they become more receptive to hearing your words. The last words your child hears before drifting off should be yours, so make sure you say something positive.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

When will your child be able to put together two-to-three-word sentences?

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The correct answer is: A 2-year-old will know at least 50 words, and should be able to put together two-to-three-word sentences (Don't fret if most of them begin with "I want…"!).

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