So how many words does a three year old toddler know? By the age of three, there are certain words that a child should be able to know, say, and understand. If they do not know these words, it could raise a red flag, indicating some sort of delay, or at the very least, an intense need to practice these words with the child.
Chances are, the little one has been babbling away since they were a baby! All that babbling has led up to the almost three year old speaking, well, kind of like a kid. They are starting to be able to communicate their needs, wants, and desires. It is an important step in their development.
But how do parents know if a toddler is on track? It's never a good idea to compare a child with another toddler. Kids may be at all different levels, so no need to necessarily worry if a toddler seems below everyone else. However, it goes the other way too. Don't automatically assume the little one is a pure genius because she appears to know more than all the other kids her age!
Use this list as a general guide. Whether a toddler is one, two, or just turned three, these are all words they should probably know. They may be words that a mom has heard them spoken again and again for awhile, or maybe they just started saying them.
But if they're not saying a lot of these words yet, it may just be right around the corner. However, always speak to the child's pediatrician with any concerns. Now, check out this list and see how many words an almost three year old knows!
15 Every Parent's Favorite Word, "No"
This is often a toddler's favorite word. Everything is no this, no that. You want some milk? No! You want to play outside? No! You want to sit on the potty? No! This is just a way for your growing baby to begin to assert their independence. No is a common early word for many toddlers, and one they should definitely know, and know well, before they turn three years old.
Just because a word is negative, like the word no, does not make it a bad word. You want your toddler to express themselves, so encourage them to do so, even if it means you have to hear the word no a thousand times a day! If you have not heard your little one utter his stance on things by yelling No! Then it may be wise to tell this to your child's pediatrician.
14 They Should Know How To Say, "Hat"
Does your toddler enjoy placing things on top of his head and saying hat? If so, that is awesomely age appropriate! By the age of three, children should not only know what a hat is, but they should be saying the word if they see or are wearing a hat, and also when playing, many toddlers like to improvise their own makeshift hat.
Toddlers are like sponges. They are taking in the words around them. A word such as 'hat,' may seem like a trivial thing to you and me, but to a young child, it tells so much. By understanding what a hat is, and being able to say the word, they are expanding their world. They understand the different things people wear.
Plus, whether we force them to wear a winter hat or whether they enjoy a cool Yankee's baseball cap, toddlers are exposed to hats more than we may realize they are!
13 Important For Kids To Know, "Bath"
Do you yell out 'bath time,' only to turn around and either see your toddler stark naked or see their little bottom running in the opposite direction? If so, then they understand the word bath. But have they said the word bath, yet? By the time a child is three, they should be using the word bath.
They can use it any way they want, whether they are saying they want a bath or are strictly opposed to having one, bath should be in their vocabulary.
Bath time has been a part of a toddler's life since, well, birth. They have partaken in many baths most likely, played with toys in the bath, and heard you use the word every time you have given them a bath. Remember, they are learning the word around them, and taking a bath is a big one.
12 Their Best Friend, "Dog"
Most toddlers love animals. One animal they probably see often, whether it is on television or live and in person (at home, the park, etc), is a dog. Dogs are one of the very first animals a child will learn, even if they do not live with one. All kids, especially the little ones, love dogs!
Do not be alarmed if your toddler refers to every animal she sees as a dog- that is totally normal! They are simply grouping all animals together, and using the word dog instead of animal. Teach them the difference by pointing out the name of the animal they are referring to as a dog. But the bottom line is that by the age of three, you child should be saying the word dog when he sees a dog.
11 Toddlers Should Know, "Shoe"
Shoes, we need them every time we leave the house, right? (Well, at least most of the time!) Your toddler should know the word shoe by the time they turn three years old. Shoes are a daily part of their life, and as long as you continue saying the word as you put their adorable shoes on their tiny feet, they should pick it up no problem.
In fact, you may start to think your toddler is a bit obsessed with shoes! Little ones tend to love shoes and saying the word as well. If this is you, consider yourself lucky, because that means you have a little smartie pants on your hands! If your child is not there yet, keep practicing the word with them. You can always make the comparison to your shoes and theirs to emphasize what the word means.
10 Toddler Should Be Able To Ask For, "More"
Does your little one constantly ask you for more? More cookies, more crackers, more bubbles, more kisses, more everything! By the age of three, children should be regularly using the word more. Do not consider it selfish or greedy for your child to constantly want more of something. If they are approaching three years old, it is totally age appropriate.
If you find that your toddler never asks (or demands!) more of something, and has never said the word, you may want to speak with their pediatrician, especially as they get closer to turning three years old. But also, remember you need to say the word, too, for them to learn it. Concern should only arise if they seem to not understand, and are not saying other words along with the word more.
9 Toddlers Should Know How To Say, "Ball"
Tons of toys that are geared towards babies and toddlers involve balls. Bouncing balls, rolling balls, shaker balls, squishy balls, you name, there is some type made just for toddlers! Therefore, the word ball should be in your child's vocabulary, probably early on. Especially if you are telling them what a ball is, and asking them if they can put the ball in the hole, roll the ball to you, etc.
By the time your toddler turns three years old, they should definitely know the word ball. It should be a regular word that they may use on a daily basis. If you toddler is always playing with balls of all shapes, sizes, and textures, as they should be, and they are not saying the word, you may want to seek advice as to why that is, because by three, they should be saying the word ball every time they want to play!
8 They Should Know, "Kiss"
If you are like us, you likely smother your child with kisses, and have been doing so since they were born! Toddlers love to give kisses back too, and yours probably does, right? Kisses not just to you and other family members, but to their stuffed animals, dolls, even the Ipad screen if it is someone/something they love! Now who doesn't love their toddler's kisses?
Being able to ask for, or give, a kiss is something your child should be saying by the age of three years old. They should not only know what the word means, such as when you ask them for a kiss, they give you a kiss, but they should also be able to repeat the word when you say, and say kiss, if they want you to give them one.
7 Toddler's Should Know How To Say, "Mommy"
Mama, mommy, mom, or any combination of the word should a regular word in your child's vocabulary. In fact, by the time your toddler is three, you should be hearing mommy so much that you get a headache! Your sweet one should be yelling your name whenever they need or want you. That is totally normal, and you may even want to change your name!
Mommy is one of the very first words children often say. After all, they likely know the word (and the person) well. If your toddler has not said mommy by the time she is three, that may be cause for concern. Make sure your toddler's pediatrician is aware that they have not said mommy yet, and based other factors, they may give your child some help.
6 All Toddlers Should Know, "Cookie"
If you think your toddler just said cookie while pointing to where you keep the cookies, they probably know more than you think they do! Cookie should be a regular part of a toddler's vocabulary, and a word they should all definitely know by the time they turn three.
Most of our little ones have had the occasional cookie as a treat (it is also okay if they refer to things, such as graham crackers or animal crackers, as cookies). Cookie is not only a delicious sweet for your lovely, but it is also a fun word for toddlers to say.
Use the word yourself, so your child understand what a cookie is. Ask them, do you want this cookie? Was your cookie yummy? Conversation with your toddler is often key to them learning words.
5 Toddlers Should Know The Word, "Nose"
Point to your nose! Not only should your almost three year old be able to identify where their nose is on their face, they also need to be able to say the word, 'nose,' themselves. In fact, by the time they are three, they should be constantly poking your face and nose saying nose over and over again! Or maybe you could point to your nose and your baby's nose, saying the word.
Learning body parts is actually fun for toddlers, and of course, it's important for them too. Think of the song, "Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes." That is a great way for you to practice body part language with your little one. By the age of three, toddlers should be able to identify and say all the parts of their face (especially the nose!)
4 Toddlers Should Know The Temperature, "Hot"
Kids learn early on when something is hot. They may taste something hot, or hear you say let's blow on it, it's hot! They also hear you say, don't go near the stove, it's hot. You're probably telling your toddler when things are hot more often than you realize, and that is a good thing. This is one way they can recognize the word and the association you're trying to make with the word.
By the time your toddler hits the age of three, they should be able to say the word hot. When their pasta or soup is too hot, that is especially when they should be stating to you that it is hot, hot, hot! A toddler who is aware of things being hot will use this word on a regular basis. If not, speak to your child's pediatrician regarding this.
3 They Should Know The Word, "Baby"
Does your baby like to point out other babies? That is very age appropriate for a toddler to like to point out a baby whenever they see one, and say the word baby. Toddlers are aware of what a baby is when you make that clear to them. They may have a baby doll or a stuffed toy that is referred to as baby. They may have a baby sibling or cousin.
At the very least, you can point out a baby you see in the supermarket.
Soon enough, and hopefully by the age of three, your toddler is enjoying whenever she sees a baby. Keep practicing if you find they are not picking up on the word. Pull out some of their pictures as baby, that is a great way to show them what a baby is and getting them to say the word.
2 Toddlers Should Know, "Book"
Your little one probably has a ton of books. You might be overloaded with all those baby board books. Not only should your toddler enjoy looking through them (or throwing them around), but they should absolutely be able to tell you that they are books. Going on a visit to the library is another great way to surround them with books and hearing that word, so they can learn and say it.
If your child is three, or close to that age, and they cannot identify a book by saying the word book, that may be a cause for concern. Remember to always speak with your child's doctor regarding any concerns you have. And be honest when ask what words your child is saying, and what words they are not saying. It is important for your child's development.
1 All Toddlers Should Know, "Thank You"
Okay, this is really two words, but your toddler should absolutely know how to say thank you by the time they turn three. These two words go hand in hand, and they are actually quite easy for your toddler to learn how to say. All you really need to do is say thank you, all the time! When your child gives you a toy or a kiss, say thank you!
When someone else gives you something and your toddler's eyes and ears are on you, say thank you! You will be amazed at how fast your little one will pick up and start saying thank you as part of their everyday language.
When children first start talking, you may only think you are hearing what they are saying. You may say to yourself, wait did so and so just say thank you?! Chances are, if you think that is what they said, it is likely that IS what they said!
Sources: Babycenter, Mayo Clinic, Fit Pregnancy