Do any other April 2008 babies speak in incomprehensible jibberish?

Crystal - posted on 01/01/2010 ( 54 moms have responded )

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My daughter will be 21 months old in a couple of days and she doesn't speak clearly. She says lots of words on their own...can identify "Momma, Daddy, Baby, Nana, Bye-bye" that sort of thing. Sometimes she'll start rambling off on this conversation that only she can understand...I know she is trying to tell us something! I'm just wondering if anyone else's child does this or if I need to be concerned about her language development. We read to her several times a day and talk to her all the time...just not sure what's going on with her.

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Jacqui - posted on 02/05/2010

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By the fact that you have had 55 replies on this topic im sure you know now that its absolutely normal! I love it when Leon goes on his 'gobble de gook' ramble. He seems to know exactly what he is saying even if no-one else does. He is so matter of fact with what he says. He does all the facial expressions and hand gestures to go along with the rubbidsh he is talking.



I regularly dial family members and give him the phone. As soon as they answer he goes off on his ramble and they chat away with him. He loves it.

Kayla - posted on 01/13/2010

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YES! Ethan does the same thing and it annoys me! lol I feel that he should be talking more than he is. He said refrigerator for the first time two days ago. He is a BIG boy and everyone asks me if he is 3 years old. I guess maybe hes so big I think he should be more adavanced than he is. He didnt start walking til 10 days after his first birthday.

Monique - posted on 01/13/2010

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my baby is having the same thing and I was staring to worry too because my other two shildren talked a lot and he is talkative but can only inderstand a few things

Helen - posted on 01/13/2010

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Lol..my son does the same thing and he'll be 21mths tomorrow. Some words he articultes very well, others not so much. He also strings together totalty unrelated words as though they are real sentences. Despite the gibberish, we play along and encourage him to talk/conversate.

Beth - posted on 01/12/2010

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My oldest didn't talk until after she was 3. My april 2008 babies are twin boys...they talk in complete jibberish!!! they answer back and forth to each other, they have their own names, and answer each other back..but no one else has a clue what they are talking about. I wouldn't be worred, as long as they can hear you and they give you their word/answer...it will come along when he/she is ready.

Sarah - posted on 01/12/2010

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Definately normal! I love the gibberish! I say it back to her sometimes and she looks at me like I'm crazy! LOL My April '08 baby is at that same stage, but over the last week I've noticed words getting more clear. Yesterday, she opened the drawer in the fridge and said...."cheese" with a big O smile on her face! It will happen.

Ama - posted on 01/12/2010

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Tot i was the only one getting worried, my son also doesnt speak in sentence apart from the normal words. when he wants to say some thing he calls me and point to what he wants to say and start speaking in his own words that i cant understand..Lol

Yvonne - posted on 01/12/2010

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My daughter does the exact same thing. This is nothing to worry about. She's perrfectly normal! ;) Just keep reading and talking to her.

Lynanne - posted on 01/12/2010

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That is pretty normal I think. My son does that too with regylar words mixed in sometimes. Thay are still learning how to make different sounds with their mouths and all the inner workings of their bodies. As she gets older you will hear more and more real words in there. Really i don't think the professionals start to get concerned until the child is a bit older and doing the same or not talking at all kind of thing. My sister's one child is over two and doesn't really speak. They are having her see someone now, but until now it wasn't necessarily out of the ordinary.
I hope this helped.

Amanda - posted on 01/12/2010

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my son was born on the 2nd april 08 and he says a few words and some sentences.... he will count one,two but wont go no further, he'll ask u how you doin?, are you alright?, ready set go, where'd that go? .... he talks ALOT in his own jibberish still though and he talks alot with his hands... He will sit on a potty but doesnt understand what he's sitting there for...

You have a very perfect little girl i would be more worried if she wasnt trying to talk... my younger sister has a disability and would try and sign for things instead of talking, my mum took her to speech pathologist and they said she wouldnt talk, today she is 21 and doesnt shut up... a little bit of bright news to hopefully make u feel better about ur daughters jibberish talking :)

Mindy - posted on 01/11/2010

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I agree! No worries! My oldest son was counting to 10 at 1 1/2. Imagine my worry when my second son, an April (2006) baby, didn't hardly speak at 2 at all. By 3 years old, it all came flooding in and I couldn't get him to be quiet! My 3rd son is an April 2008 baby, same age as yours, and he's saying words here and there. Mostly things only mommy and daddy and his brothers can understand, but I know from experience with my 2nd boy that it'll all come in time.

Osiris - posted on 01/11/2010

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My son actually dosen't really even say clear words. Let alone say words . i actually worry that he dosen't speak but the doctor says is fine and its normal. He also talks and rambles on and on... so i guess we shouldn't worry

Jaronda - posted on 01/11/2010

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Sounds just like my child. I think its normal at this stage and age. My daughter is 20 months only and she can say some simple sentences like "I don't want it" and "i do it" but she also says those one word responses and declarations such as "mine" "stop" and "outside" etc. However, she gets in her rhythms and can have a full blown conversation that only she understands and she's perfectly content with it, lol.

Katelyn - posted on 01/11/2010

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Nothing is wrong with her! I had the same concerns because I have a friend who loves to brag about the size of her daughters vocabulary. Just keep reading to her and explaining everything you do with her..ex. now mommy is going to put all your toys away back in your toy box. Before you know it words will just start flowing and sentences don't on average start coming out until sometime after their second birthday. 2-3 is the average age. My daughter is extremely intelligent but is a very quite child. She still has those gibberish conversations too so when I saw this post I just had to respond. Take care!

Amy - posted on 01/11/2010

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Sounds about right to me. My son does the same thing. He actually sounds just like Boo on Monsters Inc. Amazingly we have been hearing new words almost daily though. I think it is all just part of learning to communicate.

Lindi - posted on 01/10/2010

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My son is also 21 months and I watch a 19 month old and they both do that jibberish talk!!

Stacey - posted on 01/10/2010

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Reagan jibbers to me just like she is having a full comprehendable conversation - complete with finger pointing and facial expressions!! I love to talk with her - she seems to understand - even laughs at appropriate times!!

Julie - posted on 01/10/2010

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My 20-month son, who is currently "reading" to himself in the same way, just jabbers on and on, often repeating the same sounds over and over. I'm convinced he is saying something purposefully, even if he doesn't know what the words mean, and even if I have absoLUTEly no idea. He hears us say the same things over and over all day, and he's learning to converse by sorting out the sounds he hears and using developing verbal skills to make the sounds himself, then assign those sounds to objects or actions. Language acquisition is a complicated thing, but it is amazing to watch....er, hear:)
I would say that your daughter is probably right on track for where her individual development is taking her. Keep up the good conversing and reading!

Andrea - posted on 01/10/2010

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my daughter is 21 months as well... and doing the same thing some words i understand and then her own little language...but what me and my husband have been doing is little 3 set words like "ready, set, go" i was worried to...but i just keep doing what i think is right to help my daughter understand words and speaking..

Christina - posted on 01/09/2010

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My little guy can't, or should I say won't speak very much. But he makes up in his lack of words with his copying of actions. He helps load and unload the washing machine, and pushes the on button. He knows where his clothes go and such. So as far as talking goes, I wouldn't worry about it. After all Albert Einstein didn't talk till age 3 if i heard correctly.

Miya - posted on 01/09/2010

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My son does the same thing. He says words like eat, momma,dad, baby, ball, and all that too; every now and then he rambles off speaking his language and looks straight at me as if I understand and I have no clue.

Kirstin - posted on 01/09/2010

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They are all different - my son is 20 months and has a range of about 100 regularly used words and can string 4 / 5 in sentences, he's a little parrot infact BUT he wont sleep without milk (unless i'm in the car), only has 10 teeth (4 of which are currently cutting through) and is terrified of going on the potty or toilet..



Most of his NCT friends sleep easily, have most if not all their teeth, are starting to use the potty happily AND have the same speech skills as your daughter.



I honestly wouldn't worry yet - i think your daughter sounds like she is exactly on the right track..



xxx



P.S The sooner she starts talking the sooner you have to watch EVERYTHING you say..

Cayce - posted on 01/09/2010

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I think your daughter is perfect and right on schedule! My daughter Clara does the same thing and just turned 21 months. Clara points at things that she wants, or will grab my hand to lead me someplace, and is FABULOUS at pointing out things in books (bed, table, chair, banana, boy, girl, bicycle, etc.....) She understands plenty of words.... she just doesn't have that many words that she says yet. We have started animal sounds though, and that is a lot of fun! We especially enjoy when she makes a monkey sound.

Several of my friends have kiddos that have not said but a few words until they were a little older than 2! They are all tremendously verbal now at 4 and 5 and 6 years old.

Enjoy each day... words will come! I can't WAIT to hear my daughter start to talk in sentences and increase her vocabulary! How fun this will be! Good luck to you too!

Karen - posted on 01/08/2010

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My son also 21 months does the excact same thing. Its like he is talking in a foreign language.

Jolyn - posted on 01/08/2010

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Yes my son does too it's like he has his on language. Although if you listen very carefully he'll actually say complete sentances inbetween his jibberish. Don't be worried, I have a 11 yr old that did the same thing and didn't really start talking until he was almost 3! But he started with complete sentances and full conversations. I think some children like to sit back and listen and learn then go all out!

Joan - posted on 01/08/2010

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I am in the same boat. My son is 21months old and he only has about 2 words but other then that it's all ramble. My husband and I are talking to him to like we are actually talking to him and that we understand we each other. We are seeing a speech theriapist because he doesn't have much words like your daughter and he started crawling and walking late. We didn't have any problems with his older sister, she was saying alot words at his age and talking clearly almost 3yrs old. I am sure everthing will be ok though.

Samantha - posted on 01/08/2010

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My Daughter does too, I always thought all babies do that. Like urs mine says things like 'na-na, mama, dada, ta-ta' and a few welsh words such as 'Ysgidia (Shoes), Diolch (that you). that sort of thing but speaking whel at 21 months i think is pritty impresive xx

Tianna - posted on 01/08/2010

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I hear that it is normal at this age for jibberish still. My daughter is about the same age and she talks in jibberish too. And actually she uses sign language than any thing. I think she is lazy about talking because she can sign. My doctor said that is normal and she should have an "explosion" of words soon.

Nageswary - posted on 01/08/2010

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Crystal .. no worries .. my twin gals is also the same ... i guess .. its just delayed .. nothing to be worried as they can still say out 'mama' .. 'papa' .. etc

Thema - posted on 01/08/2010

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Bishop is just like your little one. I just respond like I understand him so I can encourage him to keep trying. Here is one of our "conversations"
Bishop: blah, blah, blah, goodldy..bllllllll..aaaghun
Me: Really? For how long?
Bishop: blah, blah, blah, goodldy..bllllllll..aaaghun
Me: When did that happen?

Its really fun. He is happy that I am playing along and I am happy to oblige.

Jasmine - posted on 01/07/2010

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My son,(also 21 months), does that exact same things! Don't worry.

I was thinking of starting up some flash cards or something but I'm pretty sure he will increase his vocabulary when he's ready. I can tell his comprehension is really good and is just a content little man. Hope this reassures you.

Stacey - posted on 01/07/2010

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Mine does all the time. He says lots of g words like, "guya, gya, giddi, goo" and I just say he's speaking Russian when other kids ask what he's saying:)

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My son uses all the basic goto words, dada, mom, milk, bye-bye, apple... but has yet to use anything in sentances, he just babbles on.

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i have 3 children and all of them spoke at different levels and ages ,my youngest is 2 on april 15th and only says oh dear and his sisters name and a few other things yet my eldest had an excellent vocabulary aswell as his sister .

do not worry at all , if you have any concerns see your health visitor ,iam sure she will be able to ease your concerns!!!!.

my best advice to myself is (its not a race about what child can do what first!).

they all do it in their own time .

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My son will be 2 on April 22 and he only says nana (banana), ooce (juice), Nity (Mickey), Aaah Nuh (all done), and bye bye (thats pretty clear). No momma, no dada...and pretty much nothing else. SHould I take him to the doctor?

Jessica - posted on 01/07/2010

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My son is the same, he can say, mum,dad, bubba, down,up, doggy, car. and he will ramble on with his own laungage,Trying to work out how to say other things. I was worried but i was told its normal so ive stoped worrying, I know eventually he will start to put things together, he understands what we say (weather e chooses to listen is another question lol) so yeah i would worry to much love!

Ashley - posted on 01/06/2010

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My oldest son is 5 now but he blew me away with how well he picked up on talking....he knew his abc's, could count to 10, and could speak complete sentences so clearly a stranger could understand him......But my April 08' baby...he doesnt say much he knows about 14 words at the most such as the normal, momma, daddy, bubby, and sissy..hot. etc....and it drives me crazy that he doesn't speak as well as my oldest boy did, but it is perfectly normal and my oldest was just above average...so dont worry about his language skills they will develop with time.....but for your sake and mine....I hope its soon...it becomes very frustrating when there trying so hard to tell you something and you dont understand!!

Tiffany - posted on 01/06/2010

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Our son is the same. He will be 21 months on the 15th and he has a handful of clear words and a plethora of half words and mutterings. I can figure it out sometimes. Our older son was speaking sentences by this time (and so are a few our our youngest's friends right now) I think every child develops differently. Keep doing what you're doing --The reading and communicating is bound to rub off and then you'll wonder when you will have peace and quiet ever again :-)

Monica - posted on 01/06/2010

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My daughter knows many words but never speaks in sentences. Thanks for this post, because now I know it's normal!!

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My oldest who is now almost 8 was speaking in 5-6 word sentences at this age, the second who is almost 6 was only a few words and my third, my April 2008 baby, Evan is only speaking a few words here and there any using sounds and pointing and letting you know other ways, so I know now that they do it in different ways, and everyone is different. I have learned from speech therapists at work that by age 3 if they are not speaking clearly, that is when you should start to be concerned. Hope this helps you!

Kelli - posted on 01/05/2010

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Its only 'Gibberish' because you dont understand it! .... Im sure it makes perfect sense to her!! My Daughter often rambles with such passion, im almost jealous that i dont have a clue what she's talking about... sometimes it all sounds so exciting! :P ♥

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Congrats! You have a normal 21 month old who seems right on track! It is frustrating - but! It is soooo amazing & fun when YOU finally start to understand the jibberish! good luck!

Gillian - posted on 01/03/2010

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This makes me feel better! My 20 month old son barely says any words, but talks to us all day long in nonsense. His 12 month old cousin knows like 100 words now, and it got us worried. But I guess it's true, every kid is different. I'll be relieved when he's talking, though.

Koren - posted on 01/03/2010

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My son will be 21 months tomorrow and is at the same stage as your daughter while my oldest child (female) was speaking full sentences by age 2. Just depends on the child. Hang in there and keep doing what youre doing...she'll come along

Hannah - posted on 01/03/2010

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here here to everything everyone else has written, really is no need to worry, my 21 month old baby is fairly forward and sentences have only just begun. her older brother didnt do this til he was at least 2 and a half. they are all different and if you think about it maybe your youngest is excelling is something different than speech.

Angie - posted on 01/02/2010

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Itis a language all their own!!! My daughter will be 21 month on the 4th and still chit chats jibberish alot. I am not worried her older sibs did the same thing. And now I can't shut them up.

Jennifer - posted on 01/02/2010

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Just keep talking to her....about everything. She is showing you that she understands, her speech will follow. Every child talks at a differnt age/speed. I have five kids and the first four (the 5th is an infant) all started talking at a different age and a differnt speed from each other. My 20 month old is using small phrases. But most of the time she is babbling in her own language. Don't worry, it will come. Just continue to involve her in your conversations.

Gemma - posted on 01/02/2010

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yip!!! loc is a 2nd child and seems to let his older sister speak for him- can understand a few words but not a lot

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