What it means: There’s nothing like hearing your toddler say these sweet words for the first time. But at this stage, your child is only mimicking your words. What he can actually do at 18 months is string three words together. He’ll also be pointing out objects in the house, so you must name these for him.
How to develop the skill: Your toddler will be able to identify things at home, but he can only do this with your help. “Imitation is very important and you must call things by their proper names. It’s easier to start with nouns that are commonly used,” says Dr. Tanchanco.
Once your little one has increased his vocabulary, you’ll see that he will be constructing two- to three-word sentences, expressing what he really wants or needs.
Joselyn Alonzo-Eusebio, M.D., developmental pediatrician, St. Luke’s Medical Center, UERM Memorial Medical Center, Eusebio Clinic
Lourdes Sumpaico-Tanchanco, M.D., developmental pediatrician, The Medical City