Does my toddler know enough words?

I’ve been so concerned this past week and keep asking myself ‘Does my toddler know enough words’ and i’m not so sure. She doesn’t know simple words even… like car and dog.

I would list the words she did know and it just didn’t seem enough… what IS enough for a toddler? I’ve found myself comparing her to other kids in her group and I hate that. I’ve watched as parents compare theirs to Pops and how mean it is and I can’t believe I’m now doing it.

Does my toddler know enough words

I think we all compare to some extent but most of the time it’s in a good way, just to reassure were on the right track but this time I was comparing in a negative way.

I’m blown away some days by how much Pops knows, I’ll say something not actually expecting her to understand (normally about tidying the toys up) and she will actually start doing it.

This morning pops went over to the radiator and said ‘dot’ it was only when MM said yes its hot I realised what she was saying and that made me wonder.. how many words do I miss a day because either I’m not listening, didn’t hear or just don’t understand them as the word she actually means?

I think I’d better stop listing and start listening.

Does my toddler know enough words

Do you ever find yourself comparing your child to others? How do you stop?

Until the next post,
Are and Pops.


  1. April 29, 2016 / 3:37 pm

    Toddlers seem to have a language of their own sometimes. I always think it’s lovely when they’re trying to pronounce words etc though sometimes it can be funny too.

    • April 29, 2016 / 3:40 pm

      Its so funny sometimes. My nephew has a lisp and when he says scissors we all have a little giggle x

  2. PurelyAmy
    April 29, 2016 / 10:22 pm

    My nephew couldn’t say “Amy” until at least 3-4 and it always sounding like mushroom (I don’t know how) it was so odd! kept us laughing for a while though 🙂

  3. Rachel
    April 30, 2016 / 3:09 pm

    My twin nephews totally have a language of their own and every now and again words come out that are neither simple or ones they have been taught x

  4. April 30, 2016 / 5:21 pm

    Toddlers are so adorable when they learn to speak 🙂 My girls can speak properly now. My youngest struggled but is there now finally. x

  5. April 30, 2016 / 7:29 pm

    It is so easy to get into comparing tots – but you just can’t. Pickle had a full vocabulary way before he was two – but didn’t walk until he was 19 months old! They get there in the end. Kaz x

  6. April 30, 2016 / 8:28 pm

    Comparing your tots is very natural and a good way to check that everything is as it should be but some kids are just late bloomers so one shouldn’t overly stress; remember the hare and the tortoise!

  7. April 30, 2016 / 11:05 pm

    Aww it is so easy to say but no don’t compare, we all progress at different rates, but I think it is so hard as we are almost programmed in some ways by the people around us that milestones should be reached at certain stages.

  8. May 1, 2016 / 3:23 am

    Aw toddlers are so sweet! When my friends little one tries to talk to me, I have no idea what they’re saying but they convey their message with such passion! xxx

  9. May 2, 2016 / 10:05 pm

    Kids can be a bit funny about when they want to start talking properly and they are so funny with pronounciation.

    • May 3, 2016 / 7:32 am

      Pops has started saying hot now but Im from East London and she’s saying ‘ot. Every time I say it to her I sat Hot… no doubt I said ‘ot once and that’s what she’s going with haha

  10. May 4, 2016 / 8:38 am

    Such a lovely post – and yes, it is very easy to not pay attention and miss little things, it’s only human though 🙂

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