Common First Words: Toddler Speech Therapy
It’s a special moment when your baby starts talking — or saying those first few words. It’s then when you realize just what words have resonated with them. Obviously the first ones are simple words, two-syllable words such as ma-ma, da-da and

It’s a special moment when your baby starts talking — or saying those first few words. It’s then when you realize just what words have resonated with them. Obviously the first ones are simple words, two-syllable words such as ma-ma, da-da and more. However, as their vocabulary and their speech develops, they add other words and before you know it, they are bossing you around!

It’s slightly different with bilingual babies — the beauty of learning two languages at once is that children cannot distinguish what they are speaking are in fact different languages. For them, it’s just another way of saying a word. In our home, I speak Spanish to my children and my husband speaks English to them. When my son was learning to speak, he would say a word such as “leche” with me, then as time went on, realized that my husband called the same thing “milk.” Through that he learned to say it one way with me and another with my husband.

I could go on and on about bilingualism and its benefits, but it’s absolutely incredible to see a 1- and 2-year-old pointing to things and telling you what it is in Spanish and then telling you what it is in English. It’s mind-blowing, even when it’s what you strived for!

  Also see: First Christmas Words , First Halloween Words , First Numbers , First Colors , and First Verbs .

Toddlers learn by playing and they learn a lot between ages 1 and 3. At 1, a child may be working on a wobbly walk and just starting to use words. But by 3, most can balance briefly on one foot and speak in short sentences.

During these important years, toddlers will enjoy playing simple games with their parents and other caregivers. But they also can start enjoying group games with other young children, though they'll need adult assistance.

Group games offer a chance for kids to be social, though toddlers will more often play alongside their friends rather than with them. They enjoy being around other kids, but will focus more on the leader or parent.

It’s a special moment when your baby starts talking — or saying those first few words. It’s then when you realize just what words have resonated with them. Obviously the first ones are simple words, two-syllable words such as ma-ma, da-da and more. However, as their vocabulary and their speech develops, they add other words and before you know it, they are bossing you around!

It’s slightly different with bilingual babies — the beauty of learning two languages at once is that children cannot distinguish what they are speaking are in fact different languages. For them, it’s just another way of saying a word. In our home, I speak Spanish to my children and my husband speaks English to them. When my son was learning to speak, he would say a word such as “leche” with me, then as time went on, realized that my husband called the same thing “milk.” Through that he learned to say it one way with me and another with my husband.

I could go on and on about bilingualism and its benefits, but it’s absolutely incredible to see a 1- and 2-year-old pointing to things and telling you what it is in Spanish and then telling you what it is in English. It’s mind-blowing, even when it’s what you strived for!

It’s a special moment when your baby starts talking — or saying those first few words. It’s then when you realize just what words have resonated with them. Obviously the first ones are simple words, two-syllable words such as ma-ma, da-da and more. However, as their vocabulary and their speech develops, they add other words and before you know it, they are bossing you around!

It’s slightly different with bilingual babies — the beauty of learning two languages at once is that children cannot distinguish what they are speaking are in fact different languages. For them, it’s just another way of saying a word. In our home, I speak Spanish to my children and my husband speaks English to them. When my son was learning to speak, he would say a word such as “leche” with me, then as time went on, realized that my husband called the same thing “milk.” Through that he learned to say it one way with me and another with my husband.

I could go on and on about bilingualism and its benefits, but it’s absolutely incredible to see a 1- and 2-year-old pointing to things and telling you what it is in Spanish and then telling you what it is in English. It’s mind-blowing, even when it’s what you strived for!

  Also see: First Christmas Words , First Halloween Words , First Numbers , First Colors , and First Verbs .

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