When we find out we are going to be a mom, no matter whether it is the first time or the fifth time we are overwhelmed with excitement. Thoughts begin going through our head about this new bundle of joy, will it be a boy or a girl, what color hair will the baby have, who will the child look like and a plethora of other thoughts. We also prepare ourselves to be the parents of the smartest, talented, beautiful baby to ever be born. Admit it, we are excited!
The big day comes, the new baby you have anticipated is here! She is perfect in every way just as you imagined. Over the next days and months you bond with your baby and take in every new milestone, a smile, a giggle, a laugh and finally a word. She is as smart, talented and beautiful as you thought she would be.
As she continues to grow and get older you begin to take her out and maybe join a mommy-and-me group, take her to daycare or Sunday school. Suddenly you notice she is not as verbal as some of the other children her very same age. This alarms you and you begin to panic. First, stop panicking! All babies and toddlers develop at different rates. There are few speech and language milestones to look for between your child’s first and second birthday.
- Recognizes her own name when called
- Says “mama”, “dada” and other words
- Imitates animal and environmental sounds like “moo” and “vroom”
- Imitates words like dog and juice
- Waves goodbye
- Plays interactive games like peek-a-boo
- Understands “no” as pausing or stopping an activity
- Gives an object on verbal request
- Identifies at least two body parts
- Vocalizes to get attention
If your child has trouble meeting any of these milestones and you are concerned speak to her pediatrician, but remember every child is different.
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