By 12 months
- Looks at the person trying to say the baby's name
- Understands simple requests and questions
(“where is the ball?”, “find your shoes.”)
- Combines sounds together as the talking
(“bada banuh abe”)
- Takes turns making sounds with you
- Consistently uses three or more words
- Starts games with you or shows you toys
The following activities for your baby will help you play your part in your baby’s development:
- Take me for a walk outdoors and talk about everything I see and hear.
- Teach me rhyming, clapping, and hiding games. When I start the game, be excited. I want to play with you.
- I will understand instructions and requests better when you use gestures. Keep it simple. When you say “no”, shake your head; when you say “shoes on”, point to my feet.
- Talk to me in simple language. Use short sentences (“big truck”, “nice dog”). Hold objects out in front of me and name them. Wait for me to respond with a sound, word, or gesture, and we can take turns.
- I like books with simple pictures and short sentences. Let me hold the book and turn the pages. I like to read the same book over and over again. Cut out pictures and photos to make me a book of my own.