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Learning to Point

When your baby first extends her tiny index finger toward something, it's a milestone worth noting. It'll happen around 9 months  -- most babies are coordinated enough to do it by then  -- and it signals that she's learning how to show others what she wants, and understands that they can get it for her.

A baby who points has also figured out that two people can zero in on the same object at the same time, which is critical for language development. In fact, research shows that the earlier babies begin to point, the more words they know by 20 months.