As they grow, children are always learning new things. Below are just some of the things you should look for as your child grows. Use this as a guide, and if you have any concerns, talk with your child’s medical provider.
At 6 months, many children
- respond to own name
- respond to other people’s emotions and often seem happy
- copy sounds
- like to play with others, especially parents
- use simple gestures, like shaking head “no” or waving “bye-bye”
- say “mama” and “dada” and exclamations like “uh-oh!”
- copy gestures
- respond to simple spoken requests
- play simple pretend, such as feeding a doll
- point to show others something interesting
- show a full range of emotions, such as happy, sad, angry
- say several single words
At 2 years (24 months), many children
- say sentences with 2 to 4 words
- follow simple instructions
- get excited when with other children
- point to things or pictures when they are named
- show affection for friends without prompting
- carry on a conversation using 2 to 3 sentences
- copy adults and friends
- play make-believe with dolls, animals, and people
- tell stories
- would rather play with other children than by themselves
- play cooperatively with others
- Is my child’s development on track for his or her age?
- How can I track my child’s development?
- What should I do if I’m worried about my child’s progress?
- Where can I get more information?
Learn the Signs. Act Early.
* Information adapted from the Center for Disease Control.