Each child develops language skills at different rates. Some are faster and some are slower because of premature birth or other factors. There are some general guidelines to follow during the first year of a child's life to help you know how your child's language skills are coming along. These are provided by the mayo clinic.
By the end of 3 months
By the end of three months, your child might:
- Smile when you appear
- Startle upon hearing loud sounds
- Make "cooing" sounds
- Quiet or smile when spoken to
- Seem to recognize your voice
- Cry differently for different needs
By the end of 6 months
By the end of six months, your child might:
- Make gurgling sounds when playing with you or left alone
- Babble and make a variety of sounds
- Use his or her voice to express pleasure and displeasure
- Move his or her eyes in the direction of sounds
- Respond to changes in the tone of your voice
- Notice that some toys make sounds
- Pay attention to music
By the end of 12 months
By the end of 12 months, your child might:
- Try imitating words
- Say a few words, such as "dada", "mama" and "uh-oh"
- Understand simple instructions, such as "come here"
- Recognize words for common items, such as shoe
- Turn and look in the direction of sound
- Respond to "no"