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Speech Milestones

What is normal for your toddler’s language development? What should you look for at this age? Here are some considerations.

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Talking, reading, and listening – these are all essential parts of your child's language development. As your baby grows into a toddler, watch for these milestones:

  • Responds to simple, one-step requests like “Give to mama”

  • Does basic gestures: shakes head “no” or waves “hello”

  • Tries to repeat words heard around her

  • Says “mama” and “dada” or other commonly used names/terms

  • Points to two or three body parts when asked

  • Responds to simple questions, like “Who’s that?” or “Where’s your shoe?”

  • Listens to simple stories, songs, and rhymes

  • Points to and starts to name pictures in a book

  • Uses p, b, m, h, and w sounds in words

  • Asks simple questions, like “What's that?” or “Where is it?”

  • Starts to put two words together, like "more water”

If your toddler is not demonstrating these milestones and/or you have concerns about your toddler’s development, contact your pediatrician.

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