As a new parent, you may be wondering what your 16-month-old baby’s language development should look like. At 16 months, your baby has likely started saying a few words such as “mama,” “dada,” and “bye-bye.” But what other milestones should you expect? And how can you support your baby’s language development? In this article, we’ll cover everything you need to know about 16-month baby language development.
What to Expect
At 16 months, your baby’s language development is still in the early stages. Here are some milestones to look out for:
Your baby may say a few words and understand simple instructions.
Your baby may point to objects when you say their names.
Your baby may use gestures such as waving bye-bye or shaking their head “no.”
Your baby may start to use one-word sentences such as “more” or “juice.”
Your baby may enjoy looking at books and turning pages.
Your baby may start to imitate sounds and actions.
Remember that every baby develops at their own pace. Some babies may be ahead of these milestones, while others may take a little longer.
If you’re concerned, talk to your pediatrician about a hearing evaluation.
What if my baby is bilingual?
Babies who grow up in bilingual households may take longer to develop language skills in both languages, but this is completely normal. Continue to talk to your baby in both languages and expose them to books and music in both languages.
What if my baby is behind on language development?
If your baby is behind on language development, don’t panic. Talk to your pediatrician and consider working with a speech therapist who can help your baby catch up. With the right support and intervention, most babies can catch up quickly.
At 16 months, your baby’s language development is still in the early stages. It’s important to talk to and interact with your baby often, and to expose them to books, songs, and conversations. Remember that every baby develops at their own pace, so don’t worry if your baby is a little behind on language development. Talk to your pediatrician if you have any concerns or questions.
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