This year of life also typically includes rapid verbal development. While babies communicate from birth, between 12 and 24 months they typically develop language skills that are easier for adults to interpret. During this period toddlers may use gestures, start saying a few simple words, and even begin to string words together. Additionally, along with their increasing expressive vocabulary, toddlers are also able to understand more words and language. By talking with toddlers, narrating both their actions and yours, and using language in your everyday experiences together, you are supporting development of their expressive and receptive vocabulary.