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We have decided to write a blog about our smart kid, and document and highlight things about him that are of interest or that come to mind.  It's not often as parents that we get to document everything that our children do, or tell our kids about them.  We're always being told as well that we have a smart child on our hands, so we decided to make this blog to document not only for us to remember down the line, but for our child to reflect back on and see his own progression, and why we, and many others call him a smart kid.  You're welcome to join us as we write about our son, and should another child come into our lives, as we add on another smart kid to the blog as well!  Enjoy!



Toddler Vocabulary Development - Is There A Specific Time?


posted by German on Tuesday, April 17, 2012at 10:43 || under General

Toddler Vocabulary Development - Is There A Specific Time?

So when should toddler vocabulary development occur?  Is there a specific time that a toddler should know certain things to say, or how many words he or she should be saying?  If your toddler is only saying a few words at a year of age, is he or she not destined to be a smart child?  Or what about if your toddler just doesn't really say much of anything and is near the age of 2 years of age?  Is there a problem to worry yourself about or concern yourself with?

As far as I can tell from what I've observed and heard, there is no actual specified timeframe that toddler vocabulary development should occur.  It really is going to vary with each child, and some children will blossom and start talking later on and surprise you with a mouthful of vocabulary, while other children may just seem that much more eager to speak words he or she hears in their everyday life.

You shouldn't concern yourself with "my baby doesn't know how to say cat and she's going to be a year old" or "my child doesn't say much and he's almost two years of age".  Worrying about things like this so early on is going to drive you insane, especially if you compare your child (and we all tend to do this) to other children that may be speaking a lot now at this age.

Toddler vocabulary development is not a contest... it is simply something that your toddler will partake in when they are ready.  With Isaiah, he seemed to be eager to repeat everything he said early on.  And, we fed into it by always talking to him as though he was one of us rather than a baby.  A majority of parents think it's very cute to do the "Goo goo gah gah" baby talk, but instead of doing that, engage your child in talking.  Just talk to them as though they understand everything that's going on now that you're saying directly to them.  Don't do baby talk, or if you must do it, don't do it often at all.  And encourage your family members and friends to do the same.

Of course, you don't want that rough uncle to come to your child blasting all kinds of obscenities to them.  But encourage everyone to talk to your toddler normally, and to talk around your toddler normally as well.  You'll be surprised in that, the more your child starts to hear, the more he or she will want to start trying to say themselves.  This will build your toddler's vocabulary.  The toddler's brain is amazing, and I could only wish that we as adults were able to improve and grow our minds at the rapid pace that toddlers do.  There simply isn't a set time for toddler vocabulary development.  It just falls on two things:  when your child is ready to learn, and what you are saying around your child repeatedly for them to pick up on and learn.  Simply amazing, and Isaiah amazes us all the time with his learning and vocabulary development!

Before the age of one, he was already wanting to repeat the word "scrumptious" when we fed him, or "delicious".  Now, at two years of age, he sounds like a four year old almost, and people are always complimenting him on how well he talks.  They usually assume and ask if he's 3 or when will he be four, and we'll tell them he just turned two!  They're always surprised and amazed at his vocabulary for a two year old, as they say.  And then they'll say that their child isn't saying much and that they're over two now.

It goes back to what I stated earlier.  Simply talk to your child, not like they're a baby with the "Goo goo goo" baby talk, but instead, with a mixture of vocabulary, and just do it repeatedly over and over again!  Toddler's minds are like sponges, and the best time to catch their minds with vocabulary is at their younger years!  Don't concern yourself with toddler vocabulary development, but instead, just converse with your child and let them learn all their little hearts desire!

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