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Toddler Language Development

Toddler Language Development

Once they start walking, talking is the next big thing. Learn what type of words to expect and when.

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Toddler language development differs widely from kid to kid. They often understand more words than they can actually speak. But, once your little one gets the hang of language, they’ll surprise you with all they have to say!

Keep in mind there are huge differences among toddlers in their word comprehension. However, some language development milestones at this age may include:

  • Understanding other people’s words and phrases
  • Forming words
  • Learning that items can have different names, e.g., “cup” and “glass”
  • Following simple instructions
  • Using gestures along with words to communicate

Toddler language development milestones

On average, your toddler might understand 20 to 30 words at 12 months but speak only three or four words.

By 18 months, there’s a spike in spoken language. Their sentences can increase to two, three, or four words. “You go.” “Me want juice.” This often includes self-related words like “me” and “mine.” They’ll definitely get a lot of mileage out of these possessive words.

Toddler language development and nutrition

Kids also need adequate nutrition to foster their development, such as mastering language. Things like good vision and hearing help them as they learn. All of these things can be supported by good nutrition. Be sure your little one gets a balanced diet with all the recommended nutrients, carbohydrates, fat, protein, vitamins, and minerals needed.

It’s fun to get to know your toddler as they reach new language development milestones. Who knows what your little budding communicator has to say in the months to come!

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