Things to hear and understand by 12 months

13 Things your child should hear and understand by 12 months
from The American Speech and Hearing Association

(Birth to 3 months)
1. Startles to loud sounds
2. Quiets or smiles when spoken to
3. Seems to recognize your voice and quiets if crying
4. Increases or decreases sucking behavior in response to sound

(4 to 6 months)
5. Moves eyes in direction of sounds
6. Responds to changes in tone of your voice
7. Notices toys that make sounds
8. Pays attention to music

(7 months to 12 months)
9. Enjoys reciprocal games like peekaboo and pat-a-cake
10. Turns and looks towards sounds
11. Listens when spoken to
12. Recognizes words for common items like “cup”, “shoe,” or “juice”
13. Begins to respond to requests (e.g. “Come here” or “Want more?”)

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  1. Good refresher. I’m expecting a grandbaby in November! Happy TT!

  2. Good list – It bought back the memories of when my kids were little.

  3. I was doing fine until the last one- responds to requests. As in listen? No on around here listens to me ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I was hoping you listed 12 to `18 months. ๐Ÿ™‚ Nice list.

  5. Yes! My younger son is right on schedule ๐Ÿ™‚
    And to think it came to 13–clever girl!
    I wanted to ask (on a totally different subject) if you were familiar with the Einstien Syndrome? My son fits this mold a little well and I was wondering your thoughts.

  6. You’re not cheating…you’re multi-tasking. ;o)

  7. This is always a good refresher, especially when coming from an EXPERT!

  8. I could swear my son said “I love you” at six months, but he didn’t repeat it for another six.

  9. Monkette did great on all of those until she hit the twelve month markers. I wish someone would have pushed that issue with me but I figured that all kids developed differently and did not worry about it.

  10. It’s always fun to see where my 6 month old falls on these lists. Moving right along! Thanks!

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