I'm a big talker and will readily admit this to anyone. But I was not prepared for the conversations I have with my toddler. My daughter is also a huge talker and it blows my mind every day just how much she's learned and how she communicates with me. It's hard when your little one is a baby and they can't speak, but the signs your toddler is about to start speaking will change everything — it's like living with a talk show host whose only job is to keep you talking.
An important thing to remember about a toddler talking is that all kids are different. They all develop differently and they all reach milestones at varying times. According to a study in the journal Pediatrics, studies have also found that late-talkers (children at 2 years old who hadn't reached the language milestones they are "expected" to) did not have any increased risk of behavioral or emotional problems throughout their childhood and adolescence. In fact, they seemed to be just fine and had developed just as well as toddlers who were hitting all of the language milestones at the right time.
So if you see your toddler experiencing one of these seven signs, you might just have a little talker on your hands. (Or, they might keep you in that warm-up stage for months while they keep babbling.) There's nothing like a toddler telling you all about their day, but trust me when I tell you this — they only stop talking if there's food in their mouth or if they're asleep . . . and sometimes, not even then.