What can my baby say?
It is very exciting for parents to watch their babies become social beings who can interact with others. While every baby develops speech at his / her own rate, the following are some of the common milestones in this age group:
- Makes two syllable sounds (ma-ma, da-da)
- Makes several different vowel sounds, especially "o" and "u"
- Repeats tones or sounds made by others
What does my baby understand?
A baby's awareness of people and surroundings increases during this time. While babies may progress at different rates, the following are some of the common milestones in this age group:
- Responds to own name and "no"
- Pays attention to conversation
- Appears to understand some words ("eat")
- Prefers mother over others
- Enjoys seeing self in mirror
- Responds to changes in emotions of others
- Is afraid of strangers
- Shows interest in and dislike of foods
- Makes attention-getting sounds such as a cough or snort
- Begins to understand that objects that are hidden still exist (i.e. ball under a blanket)
- May follow one-step commands with a sign to demonstrate ("get the ball" while parent points to ball)