Today is Toby’s 2 1/2 birthday, hooray for him and us. I got the monthly update from, which as usual seems very odd when it comes to language development milestones. Regular readers will know that Toby chats away and has reasonably complex sentences (with a couple of opportunities for improvement – for example for past tense it’s always “I did run” rather than “I ran” and he’s not very good at using feminine pronouns). So it’s interesting to see what babycenter had to say:

By now your child should be able to name about six body parts [Toby can name lots of body parts on him or on animals]. She might also be able to identify one color [Toby knows pretty much all his basic colors and has done for about 10 months now]. She might be able to identify one friend by name [Toby knows all his friends at daycare and nursery at church, and will talk about them at home. Actually this morning he told us that he had a dream that he was playing with Lauren and Sam last night]. You can help build your toddler’s verbal skills by expanding on what she says. For instance, if she says “Car go,” you might say “Yes, that red car is going down the street very quickly.” [Toby will say "Daddy look at the car going down the street. It is very fast just like a fire truck"]

By these comments please don’t think that I’m boasting – some of Toby’s friends in his class are quite verbally proficient too. It just seems to me that the info that babycenter is giving seems not very realistic.

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