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Communication Milestones: 7 to 12 Months

Children develop at different rates and each may meet milestones earlier or later than others, even within the same family. If your child does not meet many of the milestones, contact a certified speech-language pathologist or audiologist for an assessment.

7 to 9 Months
  • Looks to you when you call their name.

  • Stops, even if momentarily, when told, "No."

  • Babbles long strings of sounds, like bababa and mamama.

  • Looks to you when upset.

  • Raises arms to be picked up.

  • Pushes away unwanted objects.

  • Recognizes the names of some objects and people.

10 to 12 Months
  • Reaches for objects.

  • Points to, shows, or gives objects.

  • Imitates and initiates gestures to engage in social interactions and playing games, like blowing kisses or playing peek-a-boo.

  • Tries to copy sounds you make.

  • Responds to simple phrases like, "Go bye-bye" or "Look at Mommy."

  • Says one or two simple words like dada, mama, bye, and hi.


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