The first words

The visit has just admired the room of Rocco. Once back in the living room: "What do you have a cool room, Rocco". Rocco looks up surprised and answers: "No, it is not cool because the heating is on!"

We're outside and I'm a bit cold. Rocco is sitting on my lap and is looking at my neck full of attention. Suddenly he shouts: "Mum suffers from chicken fillet!".

Language development in children usually proceeds with many humorous statements, born in innocence and ignorance. In about two years time, your baby turns into a babbling toddler. A nice but especially good development.
Learning to talk is an important development for your toddler, it not only enables him to communicate with others, but it also derives his ability to think. Language is an important part of learning and developing its creativity.

0 - 9 months

To cry

The first sound your baby makes is crying. He will continue that for the first few weeks. Fortunately not continuously, but it will be the first sound that he makes. He can indicate to you that something must be done. Maybe he's hungry, in pain, is he tired, does he have a dirty diaper or does he just want your attention?


The crying will be extended with sounds like 'eh, oh, uh and ah' and if he has a lot of fun there can be added jerkily as 'krrrr'. As the baby's urge to communicate becomes stronger, the kir sounds give way to sounds.


With about three months your child starts babbling already. That is not yet conscious to make something clear but it is about the contact he has with you, he enjoys the reaction you give him. Action reaction. He gives a sound and you give him a sound that stimulates him to make even more sounds.

9 -12 months

At this age your toddler explains the relationship between behavior and what you say. He is going to understand you better and better. You can stimulate this by, for example, showing him pictures in a picture booklet that you ask for. Use short, clear sentences for this: 'Where is ...?'
Many nice books have been released that can be used very well.

12-16 months

He is beginning to understand you better now and probably he can now say a few words himself. With about 14 months he can say an average of four or five words in a row. Usually these words of familiar people or toys and words can also have multiple meanings. For example, 'mama' can mean 'Mama I want to eat', 'I want to be with Mama' or 'Mama has to lift me up.' From this moment his development goes fast!

16-20 months

Your toddler is becoming a real toddler! His vocabulary expands daily and he already knows many names of daily objects or activities. Maybe he already makes very small sentences. He also learns to understand longer sentences of you.

20-24 months

He learns to understand longer, more complicated phrases more and more, but his sentences will also become more and more extensive. He will now link several words to each other. Make sure that there is a lot of contact with peers so that he can talk with them in order to develop his language skills. For example, a playgroup can play an important role.

An average of 200 words

At this age he has a vocabulary of an average of 200 words. That is almost half of the 500 words that occur most often in a conversation between adults.
At his third, his vocabulary has been extended to about 1000 words and when he is six years old his vocabulary has doubled again.

Children's songs

The singing of nursery rhymes for your child has a beneficial effect on his language development. As a baby he can mainly listen to your voice and watch the movements you make, but when he is older, his development is also stimulated by singing and the accompanying movements


Singing nursery rhymes can also help to express his feelings more easily. Not only in crying and sadness, but also in fun and laughter. Rhythm, melody and intonation are the basis of the language in your toddler. The more often he will hear a song, the more he will recognize it and try to sing along. He also learns more and more words.


The accompanying movements in some songs also stimulate his motor skills. Think of hands clapping, hands on your ball, dance steps, drum movements with your fingers, et cetera.
Did you know that music affects both brain halves? A combination of emotion (feeling) and ratio (thinking).

Reading aloud

It goes without saying that reading aloud has a stimulating effect on the language development of your son or daughter. The more he hears you talking, the better it is natural. There are a huge number of children's books available, for all development phases and also on various themes.

Reading aloud

Reading aloud is of course not only very good for language development and the sense of language, it is especially nice, for both the reader and the person being read aloud. Not only for the little ones ... ...! Reading aloud remains fun and special for children for a long time!

Did you know…

make the same sounds everywhere in the world?
it is only when babies start to say real words that the sounds are more like the rhythm of the language.
babies who are breastfed, babble faster than babies with bottle-feeding?
do deaf babies also make sounds in the first place? Because they do not hear anything back, this eventually stops.


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