What can my baby say?
It is very exciting for caregivers to watch their babies become social beings who can interact with others. While every baby develops speech at their 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)