Talking. And Talking and Talking and Talking…

boy-making-a-phone-callYou wait and hope for the day. Excitedly encouraging your child to speak that first “mama” or “dada.” My child’s first word was “baby.” Once a child can communicate with you, the world really opens up. You no longer have to guess if they are happy, sad, hurting, or hungry. No more asking yourself, why is he crying? It is wonderful and so much fun to have the ability to communicate with your child.

I remember telling everyone how much I wanted my daughter to be able to talk and how much I looked forward to it! My mother in law told me I would regret my words. I haven’t, and do not miss the baby babbling, but now I know what she means.

Between 12 and 18 months, little ones begin using words they have learned and understand the meaning of those words. They may use a word to ask a question or demand an object. From 18 months to about age 2, a child’s vocabulary explodes from a small handful of words to 30 to 60 or more words. In addition, they begin to make short sentences with those words. Conversations are sort of possible at this time and can be quite fun and engaging when you’re able to understand the words spoken. Keep in mind most people won’t be able to understand much of what your child says; this is easiest for the closest caregivers of that child. Finally, from age 2 to age 3 a child has a decent vocabulary of hundreds of words and can speak more in sentences than one or 2 words. This is when the questions begin as well! Get ready to explain everything.

ALL BETS ARE OFF! Once your child really begins talking, the fun truly begins. Not only do they learn quickly and with excitement, but they love sharing their new talent with others. If you have a kid like mine, they may never stop!