At 18 months 

Children can usually:

  • Understand up to 50 words and some short phrases.
  • Follow simple instructions (e.g., ‘throw the ball’).
  • Point to familiar objects when named.
  • Point to some pictures in familiar books.

When it comes to speaking, children can usually:

  • Say 6 to 20 single words – some easier to understand than others, but becoming more consistent.
  • Copy lots of words and noises.
  • Name a few body parts.
  • Use objects in pretend play (e.g., hold toy phone to their ear and say ‘hello?’).


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