Toddler Vocabulary

On any one day several words pop out of toddlers mouth, in a clearly thought about manner. I think the choice of words does most probably say something about toddler psychology. Toddler boy is taking part in a study on child language at the University of Hertfordshire. I am eagerly awaiting the results. Suspicion and observations tell me that male language development is slower than female, but I’m eager to see if the results bear this generalisation out.
I thought I would delve into this a bit more on the Internet. The first thing that came up was that ‘toddler is a general term used for babies between the ages of 12 and 24 months’. Toddler boy, is not technically a toddler then. Then this gem: Expand your toddler’s vocabulary by constantly introducing new words. Use the word “silverware” instead of always saying “fork” or “spoon.” Now, perhaps I’m mistaken but I think if he went to pre-school saying ‘pass me the silverware’ at break-time I might be subjected to another one of those ‘quiet words’. I suppose I could always blame it on my google Internet searching that always seems to result in American advice. But hey, American kids might be a different species, but essentially in terms of medical conditions they are the same as British (lol).
Further searching on other sites, too many to list here (I cant be bothered), seem to suggest that just like growth spurts there are word spurts. If you show a baby the same thing 5 times they generally learn that word and you should try to use a mixture of easy and difficult/ complex words.
I’m going wrong somewhere then, because at two my boy knows exactly what I’m saying, but just doesn’t say that much- or much I can understand. Don’t get me wrong, he has a vocabulary of about 100 words at least, but he chooses to use the same few most days. Those words are mainly; more, Fifi, Annabel, yuck, no, wow, door, me, drink and pear. Does this say something about his psychology in the sense that these are the things going through his mind? I think this is possibly the case, but I would like to think he is considering quantum physics in an absent kind of way. Or does he have a massive build-up of earwax? I think I’m off for a hearing test, just to check.


2 Responses

  1. Maternal Tales 18th April 2009 / 8:19 pm

    Ha ha. I'm sure he's totally fine. Like his words! It's funny because I have also heard about girls being more advanced with their speech than boys and my first child (a girl) was a total brainbox and put all the boys to shame. My second child, on the other hand (also a girl) has been much, much slower. She's still pretty crap at talking now and she's almost two and a half.

  2. Aussie Mum 21st April 2009 / 1:25 am

    He sounds like a perfectly normally little boy to me – and he definitely knows what is going on and being said. Soon he will go through one of those word spurts and you will be constantly reminded of casual little words that you obviously say a lot (and aren't supposed to!)because they will be repeated over and over again! And if your little boy is like my first you will wish that sometime he

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