How well is your baby talking now?

Cathy - posted on 01/31/2010 ( 200 moms have responded )

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My son was born on the 20th of april, and hes speaking still very little.. possibly only 10 words now.. was just wondering if other mums think this is slow or are some of your children the same?

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Heather - posted on 02/03/2010

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Hi. I was having the same concern, but was advised not to worry. My daughter, born April 21, 2008, speaks only a few words. However, she knows and recognizes all the things we tell her. She obeys simple instructions quickly - like close the door or go get that toy. She can identify pictures when asked to point them out (the dog, the cat, the book). She can point out numerous body parts. I think she is just choosing not to talk. It is very frustrating though. My son, who is now 4 1/2 was talking in 3 and 4 word sentences before he was 1 yr old. Our family physician was amazed. But, alas, his little sister has decided to be quite the opposite. I'm also told that second children tend to speak later than first.

Ashleigh - posted on 02/02/2010

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my son was born april 5th 2008. He says some words, but mostly just babbles. This past week though all he does is babble from the second he wakes up until he goes to bed lol. I wouldn't worry too much about it yet, some children just take longer to start speaking (especially boys).

Natasha - posted on 02/03/2010

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My son was born on the 20th of april 08, he doesnt speak much either. he also has 2 older siblings tho so this might hinder him a bit. he understands heaps, buit not much talking

Jennifer - posted on 02/02/2010

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My daughter was born on April 6, 2008 and she speaks very little. But if I tell her to do something she understands it. Shes a smart girl just doesnt want to speak a lot yet. Dont worry about anything.

Carol - posted on 02/02/2010

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My daughter was born on 11 April 2008 on the same day as my friend's daughter, and both of them now speak full sentences, can count to 5, recognize animals and objects. I speak to my daughter in French and her father speaks to her in English - she now makes sentences using both languages. She goes to a playgroup at nursery school twice a week and I think this has helped her confidence level when speaking aswell as interaction with other kids.
Toddlers are sometimes referred to as "sponges" because they absorb everything around them, and even if they are not speaking yet, when they eventually do they'll have captured alot of words and sentences already. They'll speak when they ready.

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i have a 4year old daughter.she speaks short sentences in two languages.it is quite normal for some children to pick up words or sentences a little late.i have come across a boy child in my neighborhood who used signs to converse with others till he was 5.But now he is all grown up and good!

Stephanie - posted on 07/12/2012

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my son was born 3rd april and speaks alot , always sentenceshes been speaking for ages my other son was the same , although my friends wee boys is the same age and dosnt speak that much , i think its normal though

Katie - posted on 07/08/2010

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My son (only child @ this pt) was born April 26 '08. He speaks many words. Is starting to work with naming colors. He knows relatives names. The Dr. told me that if he wasn't speaking 2-3 word sentences by 2 1/2 to come back and see him. My son is starting to speak 2-word sentences, but not often.

Mary - posted on 07/07/2010

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I wouldn't worry about speech until about 4. At that point, you'll have a better grasp on how well he's doing. Don't grow him up too fast. It's probably hard on him to have to go to speech therapy. Just read to him and talk to him about everything... It will come along.

Mary - posted on 07/07/2010

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From what i've been told, talking at this point is really up to the child. My son talks about everything. His vocabulary is huge; other than understandability, he is equal to his older brother (8) in speech. It's all about the child. Don't worry though, It's more important at this point if he understands what you're saying. He'll probably surprise you and suddenly speak better than all the other kids... he's just listening right now.

Maggie - posted on 07/06/2010

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My son was born April 17th. He speaks full sentences but only with people he knows well (if not he won't say a word). But a lot of kids don't do much more than baby talk until 3 or 4.

Emma - posted on 07/05/2010

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my son says love you, car, light, door, mummy, poppy, dada, kittie thats it. no sentences, no asking for things, still babbles alot,.

Toni - posted on 07/01/2010

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This is an issue I've been thinking about a lot lately... not that my son has issues, think I'm the one with issues. I'm a big worrier, especially when it comes to my kids. My son says only two words regularly- mama and ball. I started taking him to a speech therapist and I think it's hurting him more than helping. Whenever she asks him to do anything he completely shuts down and cries for the whole 30 minutes. I don't want to turn learning into a bad experience for him. I think I'm going to start him in a couple days a week of daycare instead of continuing therapy because I heard that helps. I think my son is behind, but maybe if he is around other little ones talking it will jump start his speech. I think I answered my own inner question by answering yours... I need to stop worrying about my son and just let him be a kid. I'm sure he'll be talking my ear off before I know it! Thanks for this conversation:)

Casey-lee - posted on 06/19/2010

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Every kids learn at there own pace its nothing to worry about at this stage just keep encourageing him to learn new words

Carly - posted on 06/15/2010

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I think every baby is different Cathy and as long as your son is talking that you've got nothing to worry about.I think it also depends on the situation aroudn them ie if they have big brothers/sisters they might takl earlier ...or in my case my son is around us adults more than kids so has picked up and saying heaps fro mtaht.Still i wouldn't worry to much,he will get there!!

Kristi - posted on 06/09/2010

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my daughter was born on the 13th april and i thought she was slow wit her speech and my 1st daughter was sooo vocal by this stage and would be counting knowing her colours an animals and parts of the body!
my teia tho speeks less then what ellie did but still compared to my friends babies speaks alot! not always making sence, more mummy look, wee wee and pointing at her potty, mummy mummy, nunch (lunch) and small sentences like i love you mummy, and things like that! i was worried she didnt say alot but she really does know alot more then what i think, she takes it all in! every word i say to her she says it back, even if it all starts with 'l' l'ellie, l'ellow, l'arlie (charlie) etc etc
but iv been comparing her with my eldest who even amazed the health visitors with her speech saying at her 2 year check up that she spoke like a 5 year old!! now i cant get her to shut up lol
it will happen, some slower then others but all learning! :-)

Jen - posted on 06/06/2010

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My daughter was born on April 6th and at first I was really worried about her speech because other kids were speaking so much more than her. Then once she turned 2 it was like something went off and now she is speaking in sentences and talking so much. Each kid is different and speak at their own pace. But if you are really worried about it they have developmental screenings that you can get done to make sure everything's alright. I'm going to get my daughter tested anyways just to be 100 percent about it. Hope that helps.

Marie - posted on 06/06/2010

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my son was born on the 1st of april and has only got 10 words my helth visitor has told me that speach can slow down when toddlers are interested in other things but after a few months normaly pick up again i am having my son's hearing checked so we can rule that out as a problem if that comes back ok then the health visitor is going to give him 4 months and do another assesment and see if he need intervention, if you are worried talk to your health visitor/doctor

Terri - posted on 05/25/2010

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we were worried about our daughter... she's quite advanced in everything but by the time she was 1 she was saying less than 10 words, she used actions instead, it was fine for me and my partner because we understood what she was saying but nobody else did. we were told that she'd speak when she was ready so we left her to it and by the time she was 1 and a half she was talking in full sentances... now we struggle to keep her quiet! x

April - posted on 05/14/2010

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Children often speak according to how they are spoken to...if you baby-talk a child...he/she will respond in kind. I speak to my 2-year-old like she is old enough to respond clearly. And she does. Full sentences. She uses words like "hippopotamus" and "butterfly" and "Alabama" (that is her Daddy's doings...he also taught her to say "Roll Tide").



It's definitely a "what you put into it is what you'll get out of it." :)

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I think it depends on the child. My first son spoke very well at about 16 mos. Our 2nd son (born in April 2008) says words, but has issues pronouncing certain sounds like "L." I read "Goodnight Moon" to our eldest son every night until he could protest. It's supposed to contain all the verbal sounds we speak. I wasn't so vigilant with our 2nd son, but have started to be in the last couple months. I've noticed that he is pronouncing things a little better.

Jo-anne - posted on 05/09/2010

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My daughter has just turned 2.. 17th april, 2008... i have been concerned for awhile now as she does not say any clear words...i have had her ears tested, been to speech therapy, and jsut recently had her tonsils removed.... the speech thereapist was not gratly concerned as she understands all, and does do as asked...But its so sad that she cant talk... she communicates by point and babbling.. i have other children and they all were speaking, singing at this age... hoping now after her operations for tonsil removal, she may start to talk... but not sure what else to do... she had trouble bf at birth as her tongue rolled up, i expressed for 6 weeks, then gave her breast and kept trying, funny enough she still attached to the breast and i know its going to be hard to wean her.... oh well. has anyone had a simular story to share.. love to her..

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My lil guy was born April 13th. He speaks very well in full sentences. But, we have a house full odf ppl who speak to him almost constantly. Remember that every child develops at their own pacce. One day soon he will surprise you and come out with something great! We talk to our children like adults from the beginnning so they understand us and they can verbalize words that they hear. Good luck and Happy Birthday to all our April babies!!!

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My lil guy was born April 13th. He speaks very well in full sentences. But, we have a house full odf ppl who speak to him almost constantly. Remember that every child develops at their own pacce. One day soon he will surprise you and come out with something great! We talk to our children like adults from the beginnning so they understand us and they can verbalize words that they hear. Good luck and Happy Birthday to all our April babies!!!

Amanda - posted on 04/09/2010

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My son was born on April 12th 2008, and speaking in short sentences, he can count to 10 and say the first few letters of the alphabet, however his older sister who is 6 is a chatterbox,so that could have something to do with it too!

TIYAMIKE - posted on 03/22/2010

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my son was born on 18 April and he speaks very well maybe its because he started school when he was 1 year 9 months but he is doing very well

Becca - posted on 03/20/2010

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My daughter was born the 12 of April. She has been doing speach therapy since about 18 mo. She wasn't talking, but that was not such a big issue as the fact that she couldn't babble. She was having horrable tantrums because she couldn't express what she wanted. Thats what really gave it away she had a problem. She was also a premee. You will see speach problems a little more than in full term babies, but with therapy she is catching up fast!!

Becca - posted on 03/20/2010

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Hello, Don't let it worry you too much. All children learn and speek at diffrent ages. My son at this age was speeking in 3 and 4 word sentences. My daughter has maybe 5 words. If you feel there is a real problem ask the doctor. A good way to help figure out if there may be a problem is watching closely to see if there are other milestones that are being missed or delayed. You know your child better than anyone and if you strongly feel there is a problem keep checking till you have an answer or no longer feel that way! Good Luck. Becki

Becky - posted on 03/20/2010

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my daughter that was born on april 17th jabbers alot and says some words she even understands everything we say to her in english and spanish, but i have heard if they have older siblings they dont talk alot right away, and they say thats because the older ones are always talking over them but not sure if it completely ture

Jen - posted on 03/19/2010

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Hi, my daughter's birthday is the same day... and her daycare was concerned about her speach as well... she has many words, but was still resorting to baby-talk, and not able to put two words together... so we made an appointment with the Preschool Centre for Speech Assessment (That's not what it's actually called, I can't remember, but close enough) and I believe every city has one... the wait list is months long, so we figured it couldn't hurt to get her on the list... that being said, I've been working hard with her on her words and enunciation, for about a week now (ever since they brought of their concerns at daycare) kinda like "speaking boot-camp" at home, and out of the blue, two days ago, it's like something clicked, and she's stringing words together, and enunciating, and using words even when I don't prompt her to... it's incredibly exciting and relieving, and Although I'll keep her on the wait list, I really don't think we're going to have a problem. Kids can develop new skills in the blink of an eye, it seems, and what they couldn't do yesterday, all of a sudden, today, is no problem! I would really work hard on it with him though...maybe he's not feeling he "has" to use his words, because you probably understand very well what he wants without them...? My doctor said at 24 months, the norm is for them to have one new word per week, and to be beginning to put two word combos together. Again, that's a whole month away, and that's just the average. Speech delay, I've learned, is a LOT more common than I'd thought.. and with some effort, can be nipped in the bud. Good luck! He'll be talking before you know it :)

Jacqueline - posted on 03/18/2010

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Yeah, my son was born on the 16th of April. He has about 10-15 words in his vocab now. I started him in speech therapy and that has help alot. Because it has increased his vocab and has taught him some sign language so when he can't quite get the word out. He doesnt get quite as frustrated now.

Satyne - posted on 03/17/2010

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He is a boy and think he is likely right on track....Matthew is 23months old and is a much slower talker than his older sisters were....He can say about 10-20words that I can understand basics--NO, Yeah, juice, box, both his sisters name, his little brothers name, daddy, mommy, please.....so in general I think boys are "slower" at talking....I found once Matt was around little girls who were the same age as him he really started talking more...and he can totally UNDERSTAND way more than he can say....

Misti - posted on 03/17/2010

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mine, born april 14, refuses to talk! he points, hollers, and communicates very his wants and opinions. It's obvious he understands everything and generally seems really smart but HE WON'T TALK. Everyone worries me to death sayin something is wrong with him but i just think he doesn't have the desire to talk yet no need...

Cathy - posted on 03/17/2010

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My little girl was born on the 15th of april and she is talking in part sentences, but she was slow at other things like turning over and walking. So I think kid learn at their own speed.

Rebekka - posted on 03/16/2010

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First of all, thanks for the post... I was starting to get a little concerned too. My son was born 4/21/08 and has a limited vocabulary orally but comprehends much more. He is very intelligent, but seems to be a late bloomer. He didn't start really waling until 14 months, and isn't not much of a talker either. He is an only child right now, and therefore I don't have much to compare to, except my much younger brother who I call our prodigy because of how early he spoke, learned ABCs, read, etc. Each child is unique and will accomplish their goals in their own time. That's what I always remind myself. I personally love knowing my Caleb is his own person and will do things on his own time. If everyone did everything at the same time in life, life would become a little boring, I think! Good luck and enjoy watching your child grow!

Kelly - posted on 03/15/2010

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I have twins born April 27, My son isn't talking at all, but my daughter is miss chatty. I was wondering the same thing.

Hilal - posted on 03/15/2010

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Hi my son was born on the 28th of April and speaks very nicely. I couldn't count but he uses at least 200 words and is able construct 4 word sentences. He was very late at saying mum, so I was just trying to lower my expectations and then the guy turned out to be an anchorman:)

Haylee - posted on 03/14/2010

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hey Cathy my lil man is 23mths been talking since 8mths..He has always been a lil talker even from a young age always noisy.. :) i think children take there own paces huni dont be to worried he'll bust out with all the words when he was to.. all the best hayles :)

Cathy - posted on 03/14/2010

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Hi Cathy...Sorry just saw this post... my son will be 2 next month and still is not talking... wondering if having older brother and sister that do everything for him is the reason why??? Either way...looks like we might be seeing a speech therapist soon! He understands everything we tell him though.. so maybe there is hope that he will talk soon!

Cathy - posted on 03/14/2010

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Hi Cathy...Sorry just saw this post... my son will be 2 next month and still is not talking... wondering if having older brother and sister that do everything for him is the reason why??? Either way...looks like we might be seeing a speech therapist soon! He understands everything we tell him though.. so maybe there is hope that he will talk soon!

Rachel - posted on 03/14/2010

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my son was born april 19th :)

he also isnt very verbal (he babbles A LOT), but he is speaking a bit more now. He slurs, but sometimes it sounds like he says a 2 or 3 word sentence, and i'm sure he is...it's just a bit hard to tell. just keep reading to your son, describe the items during a grocery shopping trip...etc!

Marylou - posted on 03/14/2010

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hey my daughter was born on April 21st and she says some words but not alot babies learn at their own speed you shouldnt worry.

CANDY - posted on 03/13/2010

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My daughter was born on the 23rd of april and she says and repeats everything me and her grandparents say!!1 but they all learn at thier own pace and there is no need 2 worry unless his dr. says so!!!

Janeen - posted on 03/13/2010

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Mine is barely talking, but he understands, we had him checked and he is going to speech soon. He mostly grunts and points, but I always understand him. Maybe read more books to him

Amy - posted on 03/12/2010

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My daughter was born on the 21st of April and she talks really well but I think a lot of it has to do with her 3yr old brother because she wants to do everything he does.

Alejandra - posted on 03/12/2010

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Hi! My son was born on the 16th of april and he is speaking a lot, he knows many words and already is speaking with sentences but I believe children is different and each one develops different areas.

Jackie - posted on 03/12/2010

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My daughter was born on the 15th of april, and she spaeks in sentences. I don't think he is slow, but you should try having him play around kids a little older than him so that he could pick up more words. My daughter hangs around her brother who is 3 and sister who is 4; everything they say she mocks.

Carly - posted on 03/12/2010

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Every child is different and will talk when they want to.I wound't be to worried about him.And,you dont' have to worry about him being cheeky back @ you-which i do with my son ...seriously but he'll talk more when he's ready! Good Luck!!

Kia - posted on 03/11/2010

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no thats not slow. mines was born april 23rd and says stuff randomly but he mostly counts to ten and say his abc's in his own order lol.

Jenalee - posted on 03/11/2010

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My son was born April 23rd and he also speaks very little. Probably not even 10 works. He see's a speech therapist a couple times a month, but I'm not super worried about it because he's very smart and understands everything. I think he just doesn't feel like vocalizing just yet.

Jodie - posted on 03/11/2010

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My son was born April 29th 2008 and he doesn't talk much either so his Dr sent us to West Texas Rehab to have him evaluated for speech therapy. The lady asked me a bunch of questions and when she added all the "yes" and "no" however they add it up she said he really needed speech therapy. He has been going since he was about 15 months old and it has helped him so much. He hasn't talked as much as some kids his age but with her continued help he should be just fine. You may want to ask your pediatrician about speech therapy.

Adrijana - posted on 03/11/2010

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Hi. My daughter was born 9th April 2008. The child health nurse was concerned with my daughetr's speech when she was 18 months old as she was only saying around 4 words. I took her to a speech pathologist who after an assessment said that she was also concerned that my daughter was not talking as much. Now at the age of 23 months my daughter can say around 18 words. She can say: Mama, Dada, ta (thankyou), shoes, hi, hello, bye, cheese, two, three, five, six, eight, nine, ten, what's that, dog, apple. She also understands when I say to her: pat your head, where's your nose, shut the door, open the door, jump, sit down, stand up, lay down, let's go, do you want....(nods her head for yes).



Every child is different and some Mother's that I've spoken to have said that their child didn't speak until they were 3 years old. If you are concerned see your doctor or child health nurse who will refer your child to a speech pathologist.

Melissa - posted on 03/11/2010

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My son was born April 9th 2008 and he is speaking in almost complete sentences. He does have older children around him, and it helped him crawl, walk, talk, etc early. My mother has told me that without the help of his older cousins, he might not be as well developed.

Samantha - posted on 03/11/2010

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I wouldn't worry, My daughter was born on April 9th and she talk a lot but at her day care there is a boy who is 3 and he only talks like 10 words if that. Every child develops on their own time and at their own pace and even tho I only have one child I take it as it comes, I do read to her all the time and talk to her, telling and explaining what things are even if its over and over again. I was worried before when the health nurse would come to my house and say that she should be doing things at certain ages but all kids are different and that is what makes them so precious.

Zahira - posted on 03/11/2010

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my son was born on 29th of april, and in this last month he is speaking too much, he is telling me sentences like open the door, give me the phone, i want to play, and it is so funny i am so proud of him

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