It’s a hard period for you as a parent when your little one can’t speak yet or communicate their feelings effectively. Things, however, become more comfortable when they start speaking. It’s also fun watching them become chatterboxes.
An important thing to have in mind about this important milestone is that kids are different and they grow at their own pace. So, don’t panic yet if your toddler begins to speak later than other kids.
Well, to help you through parenting in our own little way, we’ve compiled 7 signs that your toddlers may experience when they are about to start talking.
1. They Begin to Develop Cognitive Understanding of Some Words or Phrases
According to parents, your toddler won’t start to speak until they know what to say. This goes to show that cognitive recognition of words and phrases is a big sign. This means that your baby understands what you mean when you say, “Where is your toy?” or “Can Mommy see that toy?” Other times, if you ask your toddlers where their toys are, and they point correctly at the actual spot where the toys lie, then that’s another form of cognitive understanding.
2. They Copy your Speech When They Babble
Another sign that your toddler will soon start talking is when they begin to imitate the way you talk. They’ve become exposed to words and conversations around them, now they’d want to start emulating what they’ve been hearing. Pausing between conversations, using the same inflections and gesticulations as you, and babbling in response to your questions are some of the ways your little one imitates your speech. Even if their babbles don’t make much sense, they try anyway. So, get ready for your little chatterbox to mimic your words.
3. They Start Babbling and Point at Objects
At a particular stage, your toddler starts babbling and pointing at objects as if they are identifying them. Parents noted that if you notice that this isn’t happening when your child is over 14 months old, then you should consider talking to a pediatrician about speech delay. Babbling, showing gestures and pointing at objects can be a sign that your little one is matching words and objects together, making preparations to start speaking.
4. They are Listening to You
We all know that toddlers aren’t precisely known for their excellent listening skills. However, they can hear you, whether they ignore you or not. According to Parents, the act of listening to their parents, guardians, and siblings speak is the best way for a child to learn how to talk and develop their vocabulary. The more they listen and hear you talk, the more they are inclined to speak and improve their vocabulary. Toddlers also learn to speak via watching TV and audio programs and listening to music.
5. They Start Using a Some Words Meaningfully
Baby Center noted that just before your toddler officially begins to speak, they will start using a few words meaningfully. For some toddlers, words like “ball” or “up” may be their only words, but they are passing a message to you. Saying “ball” may indicate they want to play with it. “Up” can mean that they want to be held high or carried. When they start to say meaningful words, they are no longer babbles but actual words in your child’s vocabulary.
6. They Babble in an Attempt to Strike Conversations with you
Your toddler may have been babbling randomly, but as they prepare to start speaking, you start noticing they are beginning to have actual “conversations” with you using theirs babbles. Parenting noted that what may seem like mere gibberish, maybe a real conversation in another language — lots of inflection and gesticulation. Your toddlers begin to look at you as they talk and wait for your response before they start up babbling again.
7. They Begin to Pay Attention to Their Books
Before, your little one may not have been as interested in books, but Parenting noted that books open up a world of possibilities for your little one’s vocabulary. At this stage, they start taking interests in books and listening to people around them more intently. The more they look at words in books, the more they listen as you read out words to them and point things out in a book, the more they begin to recognize words and understand the language.