At around one year old, your toddler will begin to understand that certain sounds have certain meanings, and begin to use their first single words (as against sounds such as ‘ma-ma’ or ‘da-da’). Their new words may not be clear, or exactly as you say them, so repeat the word to them correctly. Don’t correct them or say, “No that’s wrong.” Just repeat the word, or words, again to model the way they should be said. Doing this in a positive way will help them learn.
All toddlers go through a stage of pointing to objects they want. Don’t question them, but say the word clearly to describe what they are pointing to.
Parenting and Child Health. Milestones: children 0-4 years.
Adelaide: Women's and Children's Health Network; 2015 [Accessed 2015 March 3]. Available from www.cyh.com/HealthTopics/HealthTopicDetails.aspx?p=114&np=122&id=1906
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