Communication Development: By 1 Year

Communication Development: By 1 Year

Get face to face with your baby. Reduce background noise when playing and talking with your baby. Copy your baby's babbling and take turns in a 'conversation'. Talk to your baby when doing things together.

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Here is some information about how children's communication skills usually develop by the age of 1. Below are some activity suggestions to encourage communication from 1 year. Use the language that you are most familiar and comfortable with.

By 1 year, what should my child be able to say and do?

  • respond to common words such as "no!", "bye bye"
  • know the names of familiar things, such as māmā, teddy
  • show you objects to get your attention
  • be starting to use some single words
  • enjoy repetitive games with others, such as 'peek a boo'
  • take turns in conversations with adults by babbling; for example, "mumma mumma" 
  • use their words and gestures to be social, to ask and to show
  • start to show an interest in looking at pictures in books 
  • enjoy listening to songs and nursery rhymes

What are some tips to help my baby's communication development at 1 year?

  • get face to face with your baby
  • reduce background noise when playing and talking with your baby; for example, turn off the TV
  • copy your baby's babbling and take turns in a 'conversation'
  • talk to your baby when doing things together; for example, bath time, mealtimes
References

If you would like to look at anything in more detail, this listing of references might be a good starting point.

Acknowledgements

The content on this page has been produced in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and adapted from Much more than words | Manuka takoto, kawea ake (2014) (PDF, 565KB)

This page last reviewed 17 November 2020.
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