Do you know the stages of your baby's language development?

Language development in children is intense and wonderful. However, there are certain warning signs that must be taken into account

Do you know the stages of your baby's language development?

When we have a child, there are many things you must learn to do in a time, according to what our mothers or grandmothers tell us. However, with the of days and months passing by, we realize that this is not the case and that each child needs his own time. Language is one of the things that, perhaps, some children take longer to learn than others.

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We will tell you which are the different language stages that each child has access to, and which are the alarm signals that you should pay attention to consult with the pediatrician.

What are the stages of language in children?

There are certain points that denote the evolution of language in children and that, according to the website Kids Health, should develop from a certain age.

Before reaching the year of life.

Since they are a few months old, babies are already beginning to relate to their mother and their environment using different noises such as babbling and chirping.

When they are 9 months, they begin to unify the sounds and incorporate the first words to their vocabulary such as "mom" and "dad". They are also able to recognize the name of the objects they see on a daily basis such as a bottle, a pacifier or a teddy bear, for example.

Between 12 and 18 months

Children greatly increase their vocabulary and begin to imitate the words they hear around them (be careful how you talk around your child!).

They usually begin to express themselves by means of nouns, such as a ball, baby and hand, for example. At this age, your child should be able to follow simple instructions like "please give me that toy."

From 18 to 24 months

Almost all children can now make sentences of up to 20 words. Still, maybe they do not know how to conjugate verbs because they can say "baby cries", but they make themselves understood very well.

From 24 to 36 months

There is a great advance in the vocabulary of children in this stage: they acquire a lot of fluency and can tell stories of things that happened to them during the day.

Now they are able to follow much more complex instructions that require two steps like "please, look for your toy and give it to me". In addition, they know almost all the parts of the body and know where they are. Also, they know how to distinguish inside and outside, for example.

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Alarm signs indicating language delay

There are certain warning signs that may indicate that something is not working well and that it is necessary to visit a specialist in speech development.

Check with your doctor if your child:

  • At 12 months, he does not point or say goodbye with his hand.
  • At 18 months: he does not use words and only prefers to communicate through gestures. You should also pay attention if you have trouble understanding simple oral commands. It is even better to consult a pediatrician if you notice that the baby has difficulty imitating sounds.
  • At 2 years: if he only imitates the speech or the things that other people do and does not say phrases invented by himself spontaneously.
  • If at 4 years old he does not understand what others say, regardless of whether they are relatives or strangers.

Pay attention to your child's language. Surely you will be amazed at all that he is capable of doing.


Latin American Post | Marcela Antonacci

Translated from: 'Conoce las etapas del desarrollo del lenguaje de tu bebé'

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