Once babies learn to talk they catch on pretty quickly to "yes" and "no" sometimes using both words to excess...
Once babies learn to talk they catch on pretty quickly to "yes" and "no" sometimes using both words to excess by the time they reach toddler-hood. You can encourage other words by incorporating non-yes and no questions and phrases into your daily routine. The point of limiting yes and no is that your toddler hears those words a lot, but they really don't add much to his thought process or building gallery of words. This takes a little practice because most of us ask yes and no questions fairly often, especially with our kids because it's fast, but offering practice for other words and choices can help build your baby's vocabulary and build on their ability to make choices. For example: Instead of asking your toddler if he wants to go outside ask, "Would you like to walk to the park or play with these blocks?" Instead of asking, "Do you like this shirt?" say, "Which shirt do you like more, the yellow or blue?" When you comment to your toddler try to limit yes and no answers as well. For example instead of saying "No" when your toddler asks for a story and you're busy, say, "As soon as I'm done mopping, we'll read" or "Tonight after your bath we can read two stories. "If your tot says, "Can I have a drink?" instead of just yes, ask, "Would you like milk, juice, or water?" How are you encouraging your little one to learn new words?

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