From 12 to 18 Months - Hearing and Speech

Pregnancy and Beyond

Babies learn to talk naturally when they hear their parents talking to them. They don't need talking lessons, but here are some things you can do to encourage your child to talk.

The following checklist is a guide to normal hearing and speech development for a 12-18 month old baby. As time goes by, check to see if your baby can do most of the things listed below:

If you think your baby cannot hear, ask your health care provider to refer you to a licensed audiologist who has experience in testing for hearing loss in babies.