Speech development is very exciting for caregivers as they 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:
- Says da-da and ma-ma and knows who these persons are
- Imitates sounds and some speech
- May say two words other than ma-ma, da-da
- Imitates animal sounds in response to questions (i.e., "What does the cow say?")
What does my baby understand?
Babies at this age become much more aware of others as well as themselves. They are not yet confident that mother will return when she leaves.
While children may progress at different rates, the following are some of the common milestones children may reach in this age group:
- Recognizes familiar objects and pictures in books, and may point to some objects when asked, "Where is the …?"
- Follows a one-step command with the parent having to show the child how to do it
- Has preferences for people and toys, and may have a favorite toy or blanket
- Is curious and wants to explore
- Moves to music
- Drops objects on purpose for others to pick up
- Points and motions for objects and actions
- May begin to pretend simple activities, such as cleaning or drinking from cup
How does my baby interact with others?
Separation anxiety and fear of strangers are common at this age. Separation anxiety is discomfort and fear related to being separated from parents or primary caregivers regardless of whether they are actually leaving the presence of the child. This experience is an important part of the bonding relationship with the caregiver.
While every child is unique and will develop a distinct personality, the following are some of the common behavioral traits that may be present in your child:
- Fear and anxiety of strangers; may cling to parents / primary caregivers
- Waves bye-bye
- Cries or shows emotions when told "no"