What can my baby say?
Speech development is very exciting for parents as they 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:
- Imitates animal sounds and noises
- At 1 year, says four to six simple words
- At 18 months, says 10 to 15 words
- By 18-24 months, says two-word sentences ("Mommy up")
- By 2 years, says 100 or more words
- Asks, "What is … ?"
- Uses negative phrases such as "No want"
What does my baby understand?
By about 18 months of age, children begin to understand symbols − the relationship of objects and their meanings.
While children may progress at different rates, the following are some of the common milestones children may reach in this age group:
- Waves bye-bye and plays pat-a-cake
- By 18 months understands one-step questions and commands such as, "Where is the ball?"
- By 24 months understands two-step questions and commands such as, "Go to your room and get your shoes."
- Understands object permanence (a hidden object is still there)
- Understands the cause-and-effect relationship better
- Likes to explore drawers and boxes to see what is inside
- Make-believe play increases (may imitate housework or feed a doll)
- Recognizes own face in mirror
- Can point to body parts (nose, hair, eyes) when asked
- Begins to understand use of certain objects (the broom is for sweeping the floor)
- May ask for parent's help by pointing
How does my baby interact with others?
As children begin to walk, they may begin to show independence and will try to walk further away from the parent, but will return.
Separation anxiety and fear of strangers may lessen, then return at about 18 months.
While every child is unique, the following are some of the common behavioral traits that may be present in your child:
- Plays alongside others without interacting, called parallel play
- May begin clinging to parents around 18 months
- May begin to say "no" more frequently to commands or needs
- May have temper tantrums
- May use a blanket or stuffed animal as a security object in place of the parent