This is a guide to how children develop speech and language between 12 and 18 months.
At this stage, children will start to use language in a more recognisable way. They will also become more sociable.
Children develop skills at different rates, but by 18 months, usually children will:
- Enjoy games like peek-a-boo and pat-a-cake and toys that make a noise.
- Start to understand a few simple words, like ‘drink’, ‘shoe’ and ‘car’. Also simple instructions like 'kiss mummy', 'kick ball' and 'give me'.
- Point to things when asked, like familiar people and objects such as ‘book’ and ‘car’.
- Use up to 20 simple words, such as 'cup', 'daddy' and 'dog'. These words may not always be easily recognised by unfamiliar adults.
- Gesture or point, often with words or sounds to show what they want.
- Copy lots of things that adults say and gestures that they make.
- Start to enjoy simple pretend play, for example pretending to talk on the phone.