12 months - 2.5 years
At 12 months your baby will be starting to...
- Try to join in songs by ‘singing’ along
- Babble strings of sounds to people and toys e.g., badamada
- Look at you when you call their name
- Use gestures like pointing and waving
- Understand words like ‘up’ and ‘bye-bye’
- Use the odd single word
- Make noises to get your attention
At 18 months your child is likely to be starting to...
- Understand simple questions and instructions e.g. Where’s granny?
- Point to body parts and using simple gestures like waving
- Use 10 or more words (these won’t always be clear)
- Get your attention by pointing or making noises
- Pretend to use real life things when playing, e.g., making tea
- Copying new sounds and words they hear
At 2 years your child will be starting to...
- Understand around 100 words and simple instructions e.g., ‘get your shoes’
- Use about 50 words. These won’t sound like real words because your child will mainly be using sounds like ‘p’, ‘b’, ‘m’ and ‘n’
- Echo words they hear
- Put words together to make little sentences e.g., ‘more drink’
- Use up to two sequences in their play e.g., wash dolly then brush hair
At 2 and a half your child will be starting to
- Learn new words everyday so that they have around 200-500 words they can use
- Understand longer instructions of up to 2 key words e.g., ‘get a biscuit and your cup’
- Watch other children playing and occasionally join in
- Recognise the names and pictures of most common objects
- Use two word and even three word sentences e.g., ‘eat mummy cake’