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Speech Development Milestones

Birth to 3 months

  • Makes pleasure sounds, such as cooing
  • Smiles when he sees you
  • Quiets down when spoken to and recognizes parents' voices

4 to 6 months

  • Makes speech-like babbling sounds, with lots of "p" "b" and "m" sounds
  • Has lots of different sounds for excitement and displeasure
  • Makes gurgling noises while playing

7 months to 1 year

  • By his first birthday, has one or two words ("Mama," "Dada," "bye-bye")
  • Recognizes words for familiar items such as book, cup, and juice
  • Responds to requests such as "Come here" or "Want more?"

1 to 2 years

  • Says more words each month
  • Uses two-word sentences such as "What's that?" and "No more"
  • Follows simple commands ("Roll the ball") and answers simple questions ("Where is your doll?")

2-3 years

  • Has a word for almost everything
  • Uses two or three words to ask and talk about things
  • Understands differences between "big" and "small," "up" and "down," etc.

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