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My toddler’s talking milestone

My daughter says the cutest things.

Sometimes kids say things without understanding, or they repeat words they hear. So I was not aware that she had an excellent knowledge of terms to the extent of using them. While on her naughty escapades, she got herself stuck between the bed and the wall while trying to reach for her toy, and she just screamed, "help Papa, help," with the cutest voice ever. I was shocked, amused, and proud that she understood the word's urgency and what it meant in its entirety.

My toddler loves saying, "no".

She says no for almost everything you tell her to do, and for some time, I told Hubby that I was worried she didn't understand that we have "yes" as much as we have "no." So I gave her two cereal options, and she made her choice by saying no to the box she didn't want, automatically making the other option a yes. We are still working on the word "yes."

I am using proper words when speaking to my toddler. 

She finds it difficult to say other words and will convey them in her adorable baby-talking way. She will say,
"mamama for a banana," "dus for juice," and "aney for Barney." When she finds something exciting that she wants to share with us, it gets tricky to understand, but we pick up on the thrill and excitement. And we do our best to try and match it. I will admit that I get tempted to "baby talk" with her, but I want her to know the right way of saying words, so I opt for speaking correctly.

How I am developing my toddlers speech.

It is important to be careful of who you bring around them and the environments you expose them to when they reach this talking milestone because they absorb everything they see and hear and they choose the most inappropriate time to repeat what they have learnt. She was sitting in a corner being naughty and hubby told her to stop what she was doing, she lifted her head, put her hand out and said, “wait Papa wait” it was such a perfect response at the perfect time delivered excellently as well. I made a mental note to add that to the list of words she can say.

Developing her speech

I have started engaging my daughter in conversation whenever we are playing. Sometimes I send her on little errands around the house. It's beautiful to watch her follow my commands and being helpful. She tries to talk to me (even though she uses her sweet baby language). I respond to her, and I always try to match her excitement. She loves it when I teach her words and always repeats them back to show that she remembers. It's interesting to observe how their speech develops.

She loves singing nursery rhymes even though she gets confused with the wording, but the melody is always right. Reading to them is also a great way to improve and motivate talking. There are many other ideas for encouraging your kids to improve their speech. Remember to be patient because they will speak when they are ready.

My best thing to do, apart from taking millions of pictures and videos of my little girl, is watching her learn all these words and then use them to express herself. It's a beautiful thing to watch. I can't wait until we have our 'mommy-daughter' conversations.

Love Ari's Momie ♥