At 2 years old, the baby should be able to communicate verbally with a vocabulary of 50 words. She will be able to say 2 to 3 words sentences and eventually will increase to 4, 5 and 6 words each sentence. However, according to experts, just 1 in 10 children will have difficulties in talking. Learn how to promote speech development of your baby and encourage speaking skills through experience, opportunity and play.
Use clear, direct, simple language when you talk to your baby, and talk to her often. Speak slowly and speak in short sentences for the baby to imitate and repeat what you said above.
Read books together regularly
Read books together regularly. Point to the pictures and encourage your baby to say their names. Read simple stories to encourage your baby to predict and sequence events. Ask right or wrong questions about the story.
It is important that you find a variety of books for your little one – such as interactive ones, ones that teach them about the world a little bit more, about numbers, etc. You’ll find that ones that have an extra special something like a cuddly toy will go down extremely well with toddlers and help them stay focused on reading with you. Look at the range of Jellycat books that will engage your youngster.
Use clear, direct, simple language when you talk to your baby
You can expand your baby’s vocabulary by labeling things around your house, naming objects, and asking questions for her to choose as “do you want apple or blueberry?”
Sing songs and say words that rhyme with your baby to reinforce her speech rhythms and patterns
Sing songs and say words that rhyme with your baby to reinforce her speech rhythms and patterns.
Take the advice of a speech or children development specialist if you think your baby’s speech may be developing inappropriately.