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One year old vocabulary: Baby talk 101

First words checklist - how many can your child say?

By Fiona Wright
Your baby evolves during her first year of life to become a distinctive personality – she will be unique physically, mentally and emotionally.
Generally speaking, there is no set development schedule for babies. The age at which they learn to speak varies widely and has no bearing on their intelligence or ability to learn later on during school years.
"One word by one year old" is a general rule with children's language and you are the primary teacher when it comes to language.
Encourage baby talk by speaking direct to your little one, naming things in their environment, explaining different actions and by reading books together.
As a guide, most children are able to say approximately 30 words from the below list by the age of two. If you're concerned about your child's speech and language development, see a health professional.
One word by one year old is a general rule when it comes to baby talk. (Image: Getty Images)
OTHER
A.B.C. etc; away; bye-bye; curse; words; here; hi, hello; in; me; meow; my; myself; night night; no; off; on; out; please; scuse me; shut up; thank you; there; under; welcome; what; where; why; woof woof; yes; yum yum; 1,2,3, etc.
PEOPLE
aunt; baby; boy; daddy; doctor; girl; grandma; grandpa; lady; man; mummy; own name; pet name; uncle
ANIMALS
bee; bird; bug; bunny; cat; chicken; cow; dog; duck; elephant; fish; frog; horse; pig; puppy; snake; tiger; turkey; turtle
MODIFIERS
all gone; alright; bad; big; black; blue; broken; clean; cold; dark; dirty; down; good; happy; heavy; hot; hungry; little; mine; more; open; pretty; red; shut; stinky; that; this; tired; up
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ACTION
bath; breakfast; bring; catch; clap; close; come; cough; cut; dance; dinner; eat; feed; finish; fix; get; give; go; have; help; hit; hug; jump; kick; kiss; knock; look; love; lunch; make; nap; outside; peekaboo; push; read; ride; run; see; show; sing; sit; sleep; stop; take; throw; tickle; walk; want; wash; wee wee
HOUSEHOLD
bed; blanket; bottle; bowl; chair; clock; cot; cup; door; floor; fork; glass; knife; light; mirror; pillow; plate; potty; radio; room; rubbish; sink; soap; spoon; stairs; table; TV
BODY PARTS
arm; belly-button; bottom; chin; ear; elbow; eye; face; finger; foot; hair; hand; head; knee; leg; mouth; neck; nose; teeth; toe; tummy
CLOTHES
boots; coat; dress; gloves; hat; jumper; nappy; pyjamas; pants; shirt; shoes; slippers; sneakers; socks
Help teach your tot new words by making eye contact when you are talking. (Image: Getty Images)
PERSONAL
brush; comb; glasses; key; money; paper; pen; purse; tissue; toothbrush; watch
TOYS
ball; blocks; book; bubble; crayons; doll; present; slide; swing; teddy bear
VEHICLES
bike; bus; boat; car; plane; tractor; train
FOOD
apple; banana; biscuit; bread; butter; cake; cereal; cheese; chips; coffee; drink; egg; food; grapes; hamburger; ice-cream; juice; lolly; meat; milk; orange; pizza; soup; spaghetti; tea; toast; water
PLACES
church; home; hospital; library; park; school; shop; zoo
OUTDOORS
flower; footpath; house; moon; rain; snow; star; street; sun; tree

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