Words and word like sounds are now spilling out of your baby, and he's able to use them meaningfully. As his brain continues to develop, so does his ability to reason and speak.
Encourage his interest in language and his understanding of two-way communication by being an avid listener and responding to his sounds.
At this age, your baby can probably imitate word sounds and inflections. He may be able to follow simple one-step directions, such as "Please bring me the ball" or "Pick up the spoon." Help him learn by separating multistep commands into easy-to-follow single steps, reinforcing them with gestures.
Remember to cherish this brief but remarkable period when your baby's communication skills are emerging: They're perhaps his most important skill!