Language or Communication Abilities that your 1 year old should have : when to consult a doctor...

Updated: Jul 21, 2020

Content source: National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Responds to simple spoken requests (See video)


This little boy responds to the request, “Give me the book.” This is a 1-year language/communication milestone.

Uses simple gestures, like shaking head “no” or waving “bye-bye”


The little girl in the first part of this video waves “bye bye”, and the little girl in the second part shakes her head “no”.  Using simple gestures like these is a 1-year language/communication milestone.

Makes sounds with changes in tone (sounds more like speech)


This little boy sounds like he’s talking, but he’s not using words yet. Making sounds in this way is a 1-year language/communication milestone.

Says “mama” and “dada” and exclamations like “uh-oh!”


The little boy in this video says “uh oh” when his blocks fall over, a 1-year language/communication milestone.

Tries to say words you say


This little boy tries to copy his mom as she says “Dante” (the name of his dog). Trying to say words you say is a 1-year language/communication milestone.

Check the milestones your child has reached by the end of 1, 2 or more by completing a checklist with CDC’s free Milestone Tracker mobile app, for iOS and Android device below.

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