Language development starts at birth, and progresses to babbling, and then sounds (mama, dada, baba) Typically these are not real words yet, they're sounds that are very easy for the mouth to form so baby repeats them constantly. Actual intelligible words with correct meaning begin to appear around 18 months or so, with about a 50 minimum vocabulary and 2-3 word sentences by 2. At this point is when language truly takes off and most children make huge leaps and bounds in very short time periods. However, your 6 month old may be able to say ball, and point to a ball, especially if they have a very strong interest in the object. My son could say kitty and car at 7 months, but that was it until he developed better language skills around a year old. Most children learn to walk between 10-12 months, some much earlier some much later and all considered normal. By 2 your child should def. be walking and saying at least 10-50 words.
at 9:56 PM on Apr. 15, 2011