100 First Words: Ways to decipher toddler talk
Want to speak to and understand your toddler? Then crack the code of her baby chatter with these quick tips and books to help them learn their first 100 words
Look Who's Talking
Toddlers often muddle up their pronunciation, as they are learning to coordinate almost 100 different vocal muscles.
2. Listen carefully
The sounds that they make will be similar to real words (they might say “wareesha” for “what’s that?”, for example), but you will need to pay close attention to understand.
3. Ask them to repeat themselves
If you can’t catch the meaning of a word, ask them to say it again. They'll will be delighted by this, as toddlers love repetition.
4. Get them to demonstrate
Ask your child to show you what they want if you still can’t understand what they are trying to say.
5. Buy them bubbles
Blowing soap bubbles can help with verbal coordination, as it uses similar muscles to forming words.