You asked

What can I do to encourage my two-year old to use sentences?

By the age of two, children are able to start using two word sentences, or repeat bits of phrases that you say. Once your child gets the first couple of phrases correct, there will be many more attempts at proper sentences as the year goes by. Soon, all baby-talk will be gone and only real words, or attempts at real words will be spoken by your child.

To encourage your child to use sentences instead of single words, expand on the phrase your child says. Very often this will be a request for food, pointing out objects, or identifying bodily features. Do not try to correct grammar yet, especially when irregular verbs or tenses are wrong. Rather repeat the sentence correctly, but do not inform your child of the mistakes.

Constant prompting to use a phrase in a full sentence will not encourage your child to do so. Instead, it will interrupt the normal flow of thought and cause frustration. When you read to your child, or watch television, make the experience interactive, by commenting and asking your child questions about what is going on in the story or on the screen.

More questions

There is no right or wrong age to get a family dog; however, you should be mindful of your situation before you rush into things. 
Your child’s imagination is not only a source of fun – it’s one of his or her most important early learning tools.
When you catch your preschooler telling a lie, it is natural to be worried. Parents may feel that when their child lies, it reflects on their parenting abilities.
When you catch your preschooler telling a lie, it is natural to be a bit upset. A parent may think that when their child lies, it reflects on their parenting skills.
It is natural for an infant to put everything in their mouths. They are exploring shape, texture, and taste. Many children will continue this behaviour up to preschool years.
It must be understood that boys are known to develop slower than girls. Each child is different, and as long as your child is developing and progressing at a steady pace, then you have nothing to worry about.
When nearing their third birthday, children display more interest in other the moods and emotional states of people around them.
31 month olds are developing fast, and they’re learning a lot about more abstract concepts now – although that may result in some difficult to answer questions for you!
As your child nears the mid point between his or her second and third birthdays, there are several developmental milestones you can expect.
By 27 months, your child is rapidly leaving the toddler years behind, and growing into an energetic and clever child!



Hello Mama!
Help us help you by allowing us and our partners to remember your device as having browsed MummyPages and serve you better content and ads

We're on a mission to help our mums and their families thrive by informing, connecting and entertaining.

Join us in our mission by consenting to the use of cookies and IP address recognition by us and our partners to serve you content (including ads) best suited to your interests, both here and around the web.

We promise never to share any other information that may be deemed personal unless you explicitly tell us it's ok.

If you want more info, see our privacy policy.