8 June 2018 at 1:06 am #11924
What age does a child fully understand a question and is able to reply?8 June 2018 at 5:00 am #11928
That can depend. You can certainly see that from just a few months old they are aware that if you mention their names, or that of Mummy and Daddy, etc, they know who you are referring to. They are talking to you all the time but you might not understand the sounds they make! You soon learn them however, and if you don’t the baby gets frustrated and becomes more irritable. Most of what they talk about is to do with food. Once they start to explore they often have conversations about pretty much everything. As for words you will understand, Daddy, Yes, No, Mummy, juice, and maybe one or two others (biscuit in my house!) are all there by one-ish. They understand more than you know, often through tone and repetition. Don’t forget to them biscuit might be ba-ba or dik-dik. Many words may sound the same initially but it is clear what THEY mean by other means such as pointing, looking, touching, etc.
Sometimes people say girls learn faster, or younger siblings develop more quickly to “catch up” etc. This is all nonsense. All children learn things their own way – they know no other! My eldest boy was walking at 8 months and talking at 1 year. My middle boy didn’t walk til he was 13 months and at two his vocabulary is about a year behind his brother. My girl (who’s a twin) watched her twin brother make all the mistakes of falling over and bumping into things and finally got up and walked perfectly without any practice or crawling at the age of 1 and a half and has never had an accident. She rarely speaks, but she watches all the time and sucks her thumb (the boys don’t). She reacts to everything and when she speaks it’s completely clear. She has her own strategy of dealing with life!
This is useful but there is no typical: