You might have heard of the terrible two’s. When your child reaches the age of two, there are a lot of things that happen. He/she may begin to walk, their teething process might kickstart properly, and they will start to talk. This is the case with most kids and not all of them. This is because every child has a different learning curve. So, all those of you whose children aren’t talking as much as other kids by the age of two, don’t worry, they soon will!

Generally, by the age of two, there are up to fifty words that most children start using. Various research has been conducted to further filter this list down to 25 common words that your toddler should begin using by the age of two. In case your child doesn’t utter a minimum of these 25 words, you might want to seek out the recommendation of a doctor to ensure that their smooth development.

Here are some of the words that your child should know by the age of 2:

  • Eye
  • Daddy
  • Bath
  • Dog
  • Banana
  • Shoe
  • Car
  • Book
  • Yes
  • Baby
  • Mommy
  • Cat
  • Ball
  • More
  • Juice
  • Milk
  • Hat
  • Cookie
  • Nose
  • Hot
  • Thank you
  • Hello
  • No
  • All gone
  • Bye-bye

The importance of knowing these words

Why is it that every toddler should know these words by the age of two? Well, a quick glance on the words is enough to tell you that this list contains some of the most basic words of English Language. These are the words that are mostly used by parents when conversing with their kids, or when around them.

Since one of the key ways children learn to speak is through observation and hearing others, these words should ideally be used by them by the age of 2. Remember, just because they know the words and may refer to them from time to time doesn’t mean they have to pronounce it clearly. Pronunciation and intonation is an entirely different ballgame that your child has to master. And by the age of two, he/she may or may not be able to pronounce these words correctly.

Since these words are likely to be those that are frequently uttered around your baby, in case your child hasn’t started using them, you might want to get an appointment with your child’s pediatrician. They will be better able to tell you why your child’s speech isn’t developing at the standard rate. Possible reasons could be hearing problem, learning disability, autism or merely a slower learning curve. While it might be scary to think about these options and they might not be accurate for your kid, but it is best to rule them out early on.

What can you do?

To further improve your child’s speech and learning ability, here are some activities you can do:

  • Read to them every day. This will introduce them to new words.
  • Talk to your baby. Repeat words to ensure recognition.
  • Play make-believe games with them.


Do your part in facilitating speech development in your child. By the time, he/she turns two, make sure they start talking.

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