I Speak Toddlernese

Posted 02-22-2012 at 02:05 PM by Krista

An interesting thing that any seasoned mom can tell you is that no one understands her child like she does. This should be a given. At one point, they were inside us! My oldest is three years old, and speaks a language come to many of you, although I am about the only one who can understand her: Toddlernese. Doesn’t it seem like every child has his or her own version of it? And of course, mom is the best translator!

Now, don’t get me wrong, there are many times when even I have no clue as to what she’s trying to tell me, but being a stay at home mom I spend the most time with her, and as such, I have the best track record with decoding her inane ramblings. It is somewhat a source of contention between my husband and I because I often forget that my ear has been trained toward her use of half-words. My husband’s hasn’t, and he usually can’t understand her.

“Can you get her some juice please?” I asked one night, rolling my eyes.

“What? Oh, OK,” he replied.

“Well, she just asked you to!”

“She did? When?! I can’t understand that!”

To me, it seems perfectly obvious as to what she is trying to get across, but for my dear husband, not so much. I will give him his due, though, he has made much more of an effort lately. To help him out I’ve also made an effort to have her talk more clearly! Have you noticed how other kids seem to have no trouble communicating? It truly is a language of little people! While I know the day will come when she speaks well for now I think she enjoys her secret language!

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4 Responses to “I Speak Toddlernese”

  1. MeCo7707 on February 22nd, 2012 8:08 pm


    I think men need to be told so very directly sometimes, that toddler talk is lost on them! My two year old doesn’t talk but has sounds, signs, and her own version of words to get her point across, I am forever shouting from the next room what she is saying so he can understand her lol

  2. Krista on February 23rd, 2012 7:22 am


    Well, at least I know I am not alone! LOL

  3. my5sons on February 24th, 2012 9:13 am


    I love Toddlerese…I find it much preferable to the eye-rolling and sighing of Teenagerese…LOL ;-)

  4. isabelsmomma on February 24th, 2012 9:33 am


    When DD was 1-2 I would frequently have to interpret for the grandparents. After a weekend of that, I would find myself still interpreting for my husband, who would tell me. “I understand her fine!” Of course, he spent every day with her, so of course he did!

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