Toddler Word Play

Turning two must have switched on the language center of Bella's brain because she has become a chatty cathy almost overnight. For fun -- and to remember her little first words -- I thought I'd list out what she's saying (and singing) these days.


  • Social words: done, more, no, my, please, hi, bye bye, night night, thank you, oh man, oh boy, uh oh, oh no, ready
  • Prepositions and pronouns: in, off, on, up, down, right there, where, aboard, here, my, that, this, you, who
  • Animals: monkey, bee, bird, bug, kitty cat, dog, puppy, chicken, duck, fish, frog, horse, pig, goat, cow, llama, elephant, snake
  • Vehicles: bicycle, wagon, boat, bus, car, truck, motorcycle, airplane, choo choo, train, big truck
  • Food: apple, banana, burger, cake, candy, carrot, cereal, cheese, coke, cookie, cracker, egg, hot dog, fries, grapes, green beans, ice cream, mango, orange, pizza, peach, peanut, peanut butter, pepper, popcorn, potato, raisin, sandwich, strawberry, waffle, yogurt
  • Drink: milk, chocolate milk, juice, water, ice, Coke
  • Clothing: shirt, pants, diaper, socks, hairbow, coat, jacket, shoes, hat, hood, jammies, scarf
  • Body parts: nose, eyes, ears, mouth, teeth, face, hair, belly, button, arm, leg, elbow, wrist, feet, finger, hand, knee, lips, shoulder, toes, tummy, china (our word for vagina)
  • Toys: barn, ball, balloon, blocks, book, bubbles, game, baby, toy, kitchen, pot, spoon, food, pencil, crayon, color
  • Characters: Blues Clues, Elmo, Diego, Dora, Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, Daisy, Pooh, Eyeore, Darby, Tigger, Piglet, George, Tasha, Pablo, Tyrone, Austin, Uniqua (at least, she tries), Mario (yes, we play a lot of Wii)
  • Household: bath, bed, blanket, brush, cup, dish, door, fork, spoon, plate, bowl, trash, glass, key, light, movie, picture, pillow, pillow case, potty, soap, table, telephone, toothbrush, window, straw
  • Outside: play, playground, snow, moon, rock, rain, school, slide, swing, stick, star, tree, wind, wood
  • People: mama, daddy, brother (bruddah), Javi, grandma, nana, poppie, girl, boy, Bella, man, you
  • Actions: bad, bite, breakfast, climb, cook, drink, eat, fall, fell, go, help, hide, hit, hug, hurt, jump, kick, kiss, look, love, nap, put, see, sing, sit, sleep, walk, wash, watch
  • Colors, numbers, letters: red, blue, black, orange, green, pink, white, purple, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, and most of the ABCs
  • Qualities: all, big, booboo, clean, cold, cute, dark, dirty, happy, hot, old, ouch, pretty, stuck, wet, yucky


  • Happy Birthday (on heavy rotation these days)
  • Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
  • Row, Row, Row Your Boat
  • Wonder Pets theme (What's gonna work? Teamwork!)
  • Hot Dog! (Mickey Mouse)
  • Rock-a-bye Baby
  • Party In My Tummy (Yo Gabba Gabba)
  • Hot Potato (Wiggles)
  • Please and Thank You (Backyardigans)
  • Elmo's World
  • Itsy Bitsy Spider (along with hand motions)
  • Monkeys Jumping On The Bed (along with hand motions)
  • Where is Thumbkin? (along with hand motions)

Grand total: 280+ words and 13 songs. And we were worried about her language development!


  • Katie Jones

    Wow! Bella is a whiz kid!

  • Kelly Miller

    Sure KA has more words than Bella. She's so verbal!

    I didn't add a pronunciation key to these words, but you know she isn't saying them all clearly. For instance, carrot is cah-ut and monkey is muck-ee - but they're clearly distinguishable.

    Most of these words started at the end of last week and are now in full use. We're pretty proud!

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