When Should My Toddler Start Talking

Parents spend much of babyhood wondering if their child is on schedule. They wonder when they will sleep through the night, roll over, crawl, and walk. Once these milestones have been met then parents start wondering when their toddler will begin talking. Many babies actually begin saying their first words before their first birthday.

The range of what is normal for when your toddler should begin talking is quite wide and there really is no reason to worry until your little one is closer to three years old. In the meantime, parents should simply reinforce vocabulary, read to their kids, and be patient.

Most babies say their first words between 13 and 18 months of age, although there are plenty of 12 month olds that can call their parents and say a few other words.

Concerned parents will be relieved to know that almost three fourths of children can say anywhere from 50 to 250 words by the time they turn two years old. Generally, these words are adjectives, nouns, or verbs. They may be stated simply or strung together to get a point across. Some toddlers at this age may even be able to hold a conversation, but most say simple words or phrases.

Some parents wonder how they will know the exact number of words their child says and if they are a slow talker. A good way to keep up with your child’s vocabulary is to write their words down and count them. Also, if your toddler is not saying more than 50 words by their second birthday you may want to talk to the pediatrician about it. Additionally, if your little one is not saying two word phrases you will want to talk to the doctor. Generally, kids catch up all on their own by the time they are five and there are no negative side effects. However, if your child is not progressing at the speed you think she should it always makes sense to talk to the doctor.

What parents should really be on the lookout for is if their toddler understands them. Kids understand before they can speak. So, if you tell your toddler to throw something in the trash and he does it, you should be proud and thankful that he understands. If your child is older than one and does not seem to understand you then you will want to talk with your doctor.


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