Your Child can now say 3 new single words such as ‘no’ or ‘dog’ or ‘in’ and understand their meaning.
By 14 months of age, the majority of girls can say 3 new words, mama or papa aside. However, boys often reach that point a few weeks later. But not only can the little one say words, but they understand and know the meaning behind the words. For example, your child may point to the family dog and say ‘daw’. At this stage, they also begin to use simple propositions, such as “in” or ‘on’. More complex ones, such as ‘under’ or ‘in front will develop around 6 months later.
How to support this development
Be sure to spend time conversing with Your Child each day — ideally, let the little one see your mouth as you speak. Speaking to children slowly and clearly while using specific names for subjects and objects — for example, ‘daddy is picking up the toys’ — also helps them. Make reading to them a daily routine because children often love to mimic what you say. When reading, you can point to things in the book and say what it is and then wait for the little one to respond.
Note: All children develop differently and at their own pace. For children born preterm, the referred timeframe for achieving the various developmental milestones might be incorrect.
Source: The information and graphs about when children reach specific milestones are taken from various sources, including the United States Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Denver Developmental Screening Test, and the State Institute of Early Childhood Research, Germany (IFP).
Ketsupa Jirakarn (Mental health specialist) (10 June 2021)