What your child should be saying: 

  • Babbling becomes more complex in order to have “conversations” back and forth

  • Uses gestures to communicate (e.g. pointing to request)

  • Has one or two words (e.g. “hi”, “ball”)

  • Starts  using various intonations and can imitate speech sounds after an adult



What your child should understand:

  • Recognizes words for common items (e.g. “ball”, “cup”, “juice”)

  • Begins responding to simple commands (e.g. “Come here”, “no”)

  • Points to learn new vocabulary

  • Imitates simple actions (e.g. peek-a-boo)