Milestones - By two years

Mother tickling sons toes Use of words and sentences
Children of this age use around 50 words they begin to put two or three words together, e.g. “mummy gone”, “more drink”, “wash hands”. 
Check it out
  • Does your child use more single words, putting two or maybe three words together, e.g. “more milk”, “ daddy gone car”?
  • Does your child ask simple questions such as “what that?”, “who that?”
  • If you comment on what your child is doing, does she respond to you, e.g. if you say “Ah you’ve got a baby,” do they talk about it, e.g. responding “Shh, baby sleeping”?

Speech sounds
Your child uses a simple sound system including consonants such as p, b, d, g, m, n, w. As their vocabulary expands, more mistakes happen, such as missing off the ends of words, e.g. “boa” instead of boat or “bo-bo” instead of bottle.  They may substitute sounds, e.g. “tar” instead of car.

Any concerns?
It is important to remember that all children are different and your child may develop at a faster or slower rate than others. Learning to talk is a complicated process and no children get it right straight away. Young children often stop, pause, start again and stumble over words when they are learning to talk. This is usual. Children will often repeat words and phrases (or say things like ‘um um’) and hesitate whilst they are sorting out what they want to say. This can go on even up until they start school.

If your child has a nanny, childminder or goes to nursery talk to them about your child’s speech and language. It is always helpful to have information about how your child talks and communicates in other places.

If you are concerned about your two year old’s language development, for example you think that they speak less than other children their age,  seem to be continually getting stuck, or repeating parts of words, you should contact your health visitor, children’s centre or local speech and language therapist  and talk to them about your child. You can contact a speech and language therapist yourself; you do not need to go through your GP or health visitor though Speech and Language Therapy services are run differently depending on where you live. You can get free resources and check out your child’s speech, language and communication development at

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