Are you wondering about what to expect when it comes to your little’s ones communication development?
Check out the communication milestone summaries by age below or enter your e-mail in the form below to get a free printable newborn communication milestone tracker!
Cute Cooers (Birth-3 Months)
- Makes a variety of noises: Cries, coughs, sneezes, burps, breathing noises, snorts
- Smile starts as a reflex, social smile appears (between 6-8 weeks)
- Startles to loud noises
- Starts to imitate some facial expressions (like sticking out tongue)
Varied Vocalizers (3-6 Months)
- Begins to practice talking through various types of vocal play (babbling, raspberries, squealing, growling, yelling)
- Expresses feelings through facial expression, babbling, and crying
- Smiles at caregivers
- Looks toward sounds (talking, singing, and music)
Blossoming Babblers (6-12 Months)
- Babbles using various sounds
- Expresses feelings with facial expression, body language, crying, and babbling
- Requests desired actions or items by pointing, reaching, signing, babbling, or word approximations (e.g. “da” for dog)
- One or more words emerge as baby nears one year
- Uses gestures
- Begins to follow simple directions (e.g. sit down)
- Imitates simple actions (e.g. clapping hands)
Wacky Wordsmiths (12-18 Months)
- First words emerge and are often approximations of real words (e.g. ba for ball) or onomatopoeias (e.g. choo choo for train, moo for cow)
- Still uses crying to communicates on a regular basis, other forms of communication may include: babbling, grunting, nodding, gesturing, signing, pointing
- Imitates many familiar words when heard (may not sound like the word yet, but makes a verbal attempt)
- Starts to follow simple directions
- Uses a variety of gestures
Talking Tots (18-24 Months)
- Uses gestures, words or phrases (still uses crying too) to request wants, ask for help when needed, and to show feelings
- Says name
- At 18 months: has about 10-50 words (average range)
- At 24 months: Says about 50-300 words (average range), people can understand about 50% of speech
The Communication Milestone Trackers only cover communication and literacy milestones and possible areas of delay in communication. If you have concerns about other areas of development, please consult your pediatrician. The information and materials available through our website are for informational and educational purposes only and is not a substitute for the professional judgment of healthcare professionals in diagnosing and treating patients. Products and services offered on the website should not be construed as any form of speech therapy. Visit our legal page for more.
Please remember that every child is unique and develops at his or her own pace. Don’t be alarmed if your child has not reached every milestone by each age on the chart. On the other hand, early intervention is crucial for children who demonstrate delays in speech and language (and other areas of development), so please seek out the advice of your pediatrician and/or a Speech Language Pathologist in your area, if you have concerns.