I babysat my granddaughter over the weekend. She is 2 yrs old. On Saturday afternoon she insisted that I give her a "tennis shoe". I was totally stumped. What is a “tennis shoe” in baby language? Nothing I offered her was what she wanted. She started to cry after a while. (Of course I felt as if I could join her out of frustration for not understanding.)
In the end I asked her to show me what she wanted. She took my hand and went straight to my bedroom and my box of tissues on the bedside table. She wanted a tissue!