25 "must have' words for toddlers

Words researchers say your 2-year-old should know

Researchers have identified 25 "must have" words that every child should be saying when they turn 2.  The 25 words are the most commonly said of a list of 310 words that kids master when they first start to speak.

The Child Study Institute at Bryn Mawr College developed the checklist.  They suggest toddlers have more than 25 words in their vocabulary.  If they are not doing that, some researchers suggest having your child evaluated.

Here's a list of the "must have" words:

  • Mommy
  • Daddy
  • baby
  • milk
  • juice
  • hello
  • bye-bye
  • yes
  • no
  • dog
  • cat
  • ball
  • nose
  • eye
  • banana
  • cookie
  • car
  • hot
  • thank-you
  • bath
  • shoe
  • hat
  • book
  • more
  • all gone
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