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Your toddler’s journey to speaking fluently is not as simple as a walk in the park. The baby’s journey of language development begins slowly, but steadily. They say words first, which will be music to your ears. Then they say short phrases. Then they say a combination of words, phrases and pointing actions to convey what they want. Then, only then, will he start stringing together all words and phrases together to make simple sentences. Since speaking in sentence is what will finally give way to him speaking fluently, it definitely is an important milestone.
By the time your child is 1.5-2 years old, he will start saying 2 word sentences like “I go” or “want milk” or “me play”. You cannot expect them to know many 2 word sentences though. Most likely, they will just repeat the same 2-3 sentences again and again. Crying is usually still the biggest way they try to communicate, and it is easier too.
But after your child turns two, she will start adding new words to her favorite 2 word sentences. “I go out” or “Want milk now” or “me play toys”. This will continue for a year. By the time your child is three, she will likely have a good enough vocabulary to string together bigger and more comprehensible sentences. The point is from the time your baby is 1.5 years, you will notice continuous and consistent improvement in the way your child uses words in a sentence.
As we always say, every child is unique. Your child might start saying 2 word sentences before or after he turns 1.5 years. Some kids are just late talkers (read more about it here. There is nothing to worry if your child is 1.5 and has not uttered a sentence yet. All you need to do is relax and talk to your child. The more you talk and interact, the faster will the child pick up words and eventually sentences.
Whether your child is on track with his milestones or not, there are many ways you can encourage him to speak in sentences. Following are a few tips that might help you:
Slowly, but gradually, your child will have words and expression for all his needs, and he will be thinking to himself, “Wow! I can tell Mom what I want!!”.
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