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At a recent scientific conference, Leslie Rescorla, the director of the Child Study Institute at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, outlined 25 words most two-year-olds have under their belts. In her work on identifying late talkers, Prof. Rescorla has found that the normal range for a 2-year-old is 75 to 225 words. Parents of children who don't use 25 words should consult their family doctor. Here is a sample of words they should be able to say.

Mommy

Daddy

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baby

milk

juice

hello

bye-bye

yes

no

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dog

cat

ball

nose

eye

banana

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cookie

car

hot

thank-you

bath

shoe

hat

book

more

all gone



Tralee Pearce

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Tralee Pearce has been a reporter at The Globe and Mail since 1999, starting as a writer in the paper’s Style section. She joined the new Life section for its launch in 2007. She covers parenting and family issues for the daily section. More

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