1 Year Old Speech Milestones – Language Development Norms

Updated: Jul 8, 2021

Have you ever wondered if your little one is on track for their age in terms of language development? There's a lot of information available online, and it can be overwhelming to navigate. That's why we've consulted with our team of Speech Language Pathologists as well as existing research to put together a list of the milestones that children typically reach around 1 year old.


A Typical One Year Old:

  • Waves hello

  • Shakes their head for 'no'

  • Responds to their name being called

  • Plays games like 'Peekaboo'Babbles/uses nonsense words

  • Has speech sounds 'p', 'b', 'd', 'm' while babbling

  • Shows you things they're interested in

  • Is starting to recognize that words represent objects (i.e. adult says "car", child points to it)

  • Follows some one-step instructions (i.e. "Drink your milk")

  • Tries to sing along to different songs

  • Uses different intonation patterns