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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Anna - posted on 02/17/2010

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Hi Cathy, my second one is born on the 21st of april, and he probably can speak less than 10 words...Quite a big difference compare with my first child. She was able to string two words together when she was a year and a half. I asked some of my friends who have sons as well and they said, boys tend to develop their language skill quite late than girls.

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Another 4/21 birthday here - my son babbles, but it is completely incoherent. It's been this way for months with us. He has a select few words - car, cup, ma & da. He will try to sing the alphabet and it comes out A, E, E, E, E. He recognizes things and understands what we say to him. If you ask him what he said, he will repeat the same incoherent babble over (same sounds, same exact order).

Our doctor (who is not a pediatrician b/c there wasn't one available in our area) is sending us to a speech therapist. We talked to him about it at his last appt, but decided to wait a few months to see if anything changed. Unfortunately, it really hasn't. I was just going to call today to have them make the appointment for us, as this is becoming a bigger concern in our house.

Chanel - posted on 02/17/2010

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I wouldn't worry if I were you. My son was born on April 21st and I was concerned a few months ago because he wasn't speaking much. His vocabulary, however, has exploded in the past month. It's incredible! It really came out of nowhere. I lost count of how many words he has now. I'm sure the same thing will happen with your son. :)

Nerusha - posted on 02/16/2010

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im so glad that other parents are also going threw the same experience as me. My daughter was born on 1 April 08 and only speaks 5-10 words. But give her a cell phone and she babbles like crazy. She understands what we are saying to her. Her cousin who is 4months younger than her speaks in sentences, which is qute dissapointing to me....but i know my little girl is bright and will start talking soon. Im waiting for her to say 'I love you' and mama......but she is such a loving child, her hugs and kisses make up for it. We read and talk to her alot....so her speech is on its way(**,) But i firmly believe that every childs develops at his or her own pace and we as parents should never compare....All the Best...Nerusha

Lacy - posted on 02/15/2010

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I was also concerned about my son. He learned to walk so quickly (at 7 1/2 months) that he didn't stay still to watch me speak to him. I feel this has given him a disadvantage to picking up speaking, so I started to teach him sign language. This has actually helped him increase his vocabulary. For what ever reason, when he has a sign for a word, he learns to say it more quickly. His favorite sign is for shoes because that means he is going somewhere. lol.

Tricia - posted on 02/13/2010

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My daughter was born on April 4th 2008, She has been speaking since she was 9 mths old gradually getting more and more articulate. I can honestly say she can say about 50-100 word combinations, and she has put 5-8 word sentences together as well. I don't know why she speaks so well but I guess it could be that I talk to her constantly about everything, just pretty much narrate everything that your doing while you do it and include her or him in all you conversations. You could also download free slideshows and flash cards at
http://www.brillbaby.com/baby-downloads/...
my daughter loves the free slideshows and flash cards, she considers them games, we do them after she eats and when shes in her highchair works best. I have her say the word without me correcting her then the second time she says it she usually corrects it herself or improves in some aspect.

Otherwise I would say every child is different and just like adults some of us speak more than others. Some are shy and can really speak more than you think they can. maybe they prefer to speak or communicate in a different way, sign language etc.

Melissa - posted on 02/13/2010

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My daughter was born 17th of April and is speaking about the same...my doc said it was fine...I have been trying some simple sign language to help her communicate look it up it has been a great help to me with communicating with her!!! she can tell me she wants milk or a snack!! or tired or wants a hug!

Julie - posted on 02/13/2010

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Hi , Claire is going to be 2 April 17. She's not speaking alot but do understand everything. But you have to understand she's learning English and french same time,Her sister Kim was the same.Late talker and now she wont S.!!! so i am not scare.

Jessica - posted on 02/11/2010

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My daughter was born on april 28th 08 and she only says a small amount of words also I have just been encourageing her to try and say words like when she wants her sippy cup i will tell her cup as i hand it to her and things like that and just in the last couple days she has been trying to mimic what i say

Erin - posted on 02/08/2010

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Hi, my daughter was born 20th April 2008 and is only speaking a few words clearly. She is picking them up a little faster now but all kids are different. She fully understands though what we are saying to her so we can still communicate well so that's the main thing right now.

They say if they aren't speaking well by 3 then it's time to see someone to check up.

Trisha - posted on 02/08/2010

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My son was born on the 2nd. He says lots of things and you can tell what he is saying but he leaves off the final sound. Like dog is do. Anyone wlse experiencing this?

Kara - posted on 02/08/2010

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My daughter was born April 3rd, 2008. She is speaking really well, but it honestly happened within the last few weeks. All of a sudden she just started talking like crazy. I wouldn't worry too much. Kids develop so differently. There's a kid at the babysitter just a little older than Sadie (a little over 2 yrs.) and she is speaking like a 4 year old. Sadie is still baby talking a lot. They are definitely words and I understand her, but it's not clear yet. The only things she says clearly are the words with "eeee" on the end...like pee pee, happy, mommy and daddy. The only sentence she says is How are you? Like I said I wouldn't worry!!

Stephannie - posted on 02/08/2010

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Hi, My son was born on the 22 April and he has a vocab of around 200+ words. He can string 2 words together but is a long way off sentences. However I have signed with him from he was 5months old and he also has a signing vocab of around 200+ words. Loads are different from his speaking words. Some speaking words that we are not understanding what he is saying he will sign and we know straight away what he is tryin to say. Dont worry kids are all so different. My only advise is to read loads and loads to him and talk talk talk. xx

Kirsty - posted on 02/08/2010

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my daughter was born on the 30th april and can have a full conversation with me. she says full sentences, can count upto 10 and back from 10, recognises all of her numbers and sings at least 10 nursery rhymes word for word. But she was very slow in her crawlin and walkin, so i think they all progress in different ways and i wouldnt worry at all x

Sarah - posted on 02/07/2010

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When my oldest was 1 and talking small sentences already it does need to be noted that it was just him in a house with 4 adults.

Jacquelyn - posted on 02/07/2010

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my daughter was born 4/14/08 and she says 3 word sentences and then your basis vocab at this point i was worried about her speech too but i have to say i just started this page and i found this april babies and i just wanted to thank you all for putting my mind at ease,

Katherine - posted on 02/07/2010

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my little boy was born 24th April 2008 and dosen't say a lot! only about 10 words 2! but i have twins who are 4 on 20th April and they speak for him but i thought he would be saying a lot more by now!!

Sarah - posted on 02/07/2010

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My oldest boy (born 4-27-03) and my baby girl (4-29-08) are exactly 5years and 2 days apart and so it is difficult to not compare them and when they reached certain milestones. My son was speaking one to two words at a time by his 1st birthday and my baby girl who is almost two is just speaking about 5-10 words (mostly the ones you don't want them say (What! Why and No). My 2nd son just turned 4 in January and he wasn't talking until after 2years and even then not to the point we could understand him well until almost 3 and half. Now he tells me stories he makes up clear as a bell. Going by my experience --- they each do it in their own time. Personally, it is fustrating though because my oldest could communicate real well what was wrong and how he was feeling at a young age and (I believe) as a result he had little to no temper tantrums and I don't even remember having a terrible twos with him. The younger two on the other hand both did/do. My middle son's tantrums have tapered off since he began talking clearly -- so I am thinking of teaching my baby girl sign language in an attempt to curb her fits. As far as being slow --- I would not worry about it at all. My cousin didn't speak a word until he was three and they thought he might be autistic. He ended up graduating high school with honors and some college courses under his belt and is crazy intelligent. Currently an environmental scientist at 24 years old. Some even say that the later you walk or talk the better it is for your eye / hand coordination and helps with reading --- I don't get it --- but that is what I heard. I suppose that is my long winded way of saying - don't worry about it --- each child develops in their own time.

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my son was born on april 2 08 an he says lots of words probally over 100 an he put 3 or 4 words together but every toddler does stuff at there own pase he might wake up one day and start saying paragraphs but if your concerned then talk to his ped about it

Angélique - posted on 02/06/2010

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Hier juist hetzelfde mijn zoon werd geboren op 22 april en zegt amper vijf tot acht woordjes maar begrijpt wel alles wat ik zeg. Vrienden zeggen me dat het wel zal komen maar toch ook een beetje ongerust .

Shari - posted on 02/05/2010

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My daughter speaks pretty well, she was born April 23. SHe speaks lots of words and some phrases and only very recently, a sentence: I wanna eat. But here's the thing, you have a boy! My son, whose 4 now, spoke very little compared to my daughter. I'm not sure how many words he spoke at this age, but I remember being worried. Sometimes boys just need a little more time to develop language. My son's language is fantastic now, it just took a little more time. If you are really worried, maybe you could mention your concerns to your pediatrician.

Aljenette - posted on 02/05/2010

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my son was born on the 23rd of april and he says many words 30-40 and he just recently started saying saying 2 words together. i was concerned too because i talk to him alot and so does my 5 year old, but he completly understands any and everything we say and ask him

Jacqui - posted on 02/05/2010

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Hiya, My son is exactly the same born 19th April 08 and only speaking about 10 words although he will have full conversations and chat away for ages but none of it is understandable.



Thing is that language development is so diverse, there is no normal. reason being our little ones have so much to learn at this age, socialisation, running, climbing, jumping and other motor skills, understanding the world etc. They tend to consentrate on trying to master one thing at a time. So although our wee ones are not taking in full sentances they are most probably more advanced in a different area than those kids who have mastered the talking.



At the end of the day its just a case of what order they choose regarding all the skills they have to learn. As long as they are able to communicate in some way and, at 21 months, are able to understand the more than half of what you are saying.



Hope that helps.

Emma - posted on 02/05/2010

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My daughter says few words put together but she doesn't really know many. I don't think it's slow it's pretty much normal even if they were premature, my girl was born 3/4/08

Shonda - posted on 02/05/2010

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As long as his hearing has been checked recently and that's ok it sounds like it's his normal development... my son is deaf/hard of hearing and has a rather large vocabulary and has a few little sentences my favorite is "I STUCK" he uses it when he's hugged to tight!!-- but I talk constantly to him (I'm sure he wishes his batteries would go dead in his hearing aids sometimes) and he goes to a school for kids w/needs like his-- so he gets speech therapy... but children (like adults) learn and develop differently-- talk to his pediatrician and as long as they feel he's developing on target then just let him move along at HIS pace-- don't force him to move too fast it will blow up on you. Encourage him, work with him but let him lead you-- when he's ready one day he'll start and NOT STOP talking-- and you'll wonder why you ever worried :) :) :)



(trust me when I say, I understand the 'is this normal' questions I have them daily!! Good luck!!) Oh yeah my son was born 4/10/08...

Mary - posted on 02/05/2010

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My son Dominick is just starting to pick up more than just momma and dadda. At times I am amazed at his comprehension of what he is saying. He was bor April 16th of '08 so he will he 2 soon as well. My daughter did the same thing and doctor's thought she'd need in home speach therapy. We declined and soon after her 2nd birthday she started talking up a storm. I think some children simply have no need or want to talk. From experiance with my daughter and now the same happening with my son, the only advice I can give is that you don't push the subject of speaking with the child but try to encourage at various times during the day. When he/she is ready...you wont be able to get them to stop.

Jessica - posted on 02/05/2010

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My son is in the same boat. He doesn't have a working vocabulary of more than 10 words. There are some things to check on to see what might be causing him not to talk. His hearing was a big one. I had my son checked in all his areas of development (gross motor, fine motor, hearing, comprehension, speech, etc.). I also did a little research on my own. When everything came back great, I learned that children who excell in all areas but talking are quite bright. An interesting book is "The Einstein Syndrome" by Thomas Sowell. This book describes by kid!

Kaci - posted on 02/04/2010

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My son was born the 1st of April he speaks sentences as well, but all kids progress different my sister had that problem with my niece she had her do speech therapy but that was when she didn't speak well by 2 no its not slow

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my son was born 4/28/08 and speaks only about 15 words also...he has been spoken to in english and spanish since birth...im actually a speech and hearing major graduating in may while my BA...it is completely normal. as long as he is communicating in other ways like babbling and pointing and grabbing you towards something he is perfectly fine. by 2 1/2 - 3 yrs thou if he has not progressed anymore get him tested for and hearing or speech and language impairments. for this contact AZEIP they will come to your house and test your son according to his age. =]

im sure hes perfectly fine thou! =]

Carrie - posted on 02/04/2010

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In my opinion, your son is perfectly normal. I'm sure he's gifted in other ways! My mother is an ESL teacher (English as Second Language) and has a master's in child psychology and development... she's been around the block a time or two! :o) And my son (who is 21 months and born @ 40 weeks) speaks just one word at a time, no sentences. Mom says his development is on target and is very smart in many ways... just not verbally. And sometimes his grunts or babble are words to him but not us. Hang in there...our children are doing great... once he starts chattin' it up... we'll roll our eyes and say "why did I want him to talk so badly?". haha

ShiRhonda - posted on 02/04/2010

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well my son was born on the 22 april and he will be turning 2 this year. my son is speaking about the same, only ten words. i have talked to my dr and he has says its normal for kids not to speak. my son though was born at 25 weeks. so right now we are gettin speak therapy. so if u ar really concern i would consult with ur dr and see if he or she can talk to someone about getting extra help with your son and his speaking.

Marie - posted on 02/04/2010

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my son was born on the 1st of april and only says a few words, muma,dada,no, uho, yer yer, head and digger there the words he say clearly but he is trying to make sounds of other words but i can't make them out yet so i wouldn't worrie every child is diffrent my friends son didn't start speaking prolerly untill he hit two she said it was like a swich came on in his head. just keep talking to him and reapeting words he'll get there.

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

Ruth - posted on 02/03/2010

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my son was born on 22nd Apr., he only can speaks simple words, about 30 words. But never can combine two or more words together, far away from sentences. Ppl said it was normal, specially we have 3 different languages at home.

Samantha - posted on 02/03/2010

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My son was born on the 29th of April 2008 and will repeat clearly anything he hears and is putting sentences together better and better each day. My daughter who is 21 months older than he didn't speak as clearly or near as much as he does. I think when there is an older sibling around the younger child picks up on things much more quickly. I wouldn't' worry at all because I remember being the same as you are now. My daughter is three now and is a non-stop jabber jaws! So just be patient and continue to work with and encourage your child and he starts saying more words, he'll be talking non stop.

Jami - posted on 02/03/2010

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baby girl born 4/28/08 speaks most of the time in three to five word phrases, understands almost everything we say. She is very vocal, counts up to 15 and knows her ABC's and letter sounds. But we work with her everyday at play time and make reading a HUGE deal at our house, and I talk to her nonstop...the poor thing ! I also have a 10 year old son who also took to speaking early. I just think it is one of those genetic things, not an indicator of intelligence, like the way our teeth come in, both of my children did not even have teeth at 10 months.

Cami - posted on 02/03/2010

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My son was born on 4/28/28 and he is very vocal. He speaks five or six word phrases all the time and says some of the strangest words. About anything you say he repeats very clear. Sometimes it is good and sometimes not so good. He is the only child so far so I think he gets a lot of one on one.

Michelle - posted on 02/03/2010

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My daughter was born 4-14-08 and she has a 150 + vocabulary and can speak in sentences, can count to 10 and knows the first 4 letters of the ABC's. I have heard that this is a lot for her age and that the normal amount of words is around 10 to 15 so I think your son is just fine!

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.

Janis - posted on 02/03/2010

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HI, My son was born April 21st and likes to do a lot more pointing than talking. I don't know if your son does this but the doctor said as long as he can point and get what he wants he wont talk.

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).

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.

Angel An Lj - posted on 02/02/2010

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My daughter was born April 24,2008 and speaks very little too. She understands everything were saying just does not want to speak. My oldest was speaking in sentences by now but everyone assures me that this is normal.

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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Hello, my daughter was born on April 2, 2008 and is speaking in full sentences. My first child however did not start speaking more than one word at a time till he was about 2 1/2. His doctor never seemed to think anything was wrong at that time. He is now 4 and can speak perfectly.

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My daughter does speak in little sentences as well. She was born on the 11th of April. I did hear that girls will learn things like speach faster than boys. All kids are different and learn at different rates. Your son probally still understands just as much and maybe he just has a different way to comunicate to you.
My fiancee's mother told me that when he was younger, they were taking him for hearing tests because they thought something might be wrong because he wasn't speaking very much when he was 3. Until she caught him on his potty with all his cars lined up around him speaking in sentences! lol.

Amanda - posted on 01/31/2010

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My son was born April 24th '08 and only says about 10 words as well. I think there is a wide range for what is normal. His sister spoke more at this age. He certainly understands everything we say, he just chooses to only verbalize a little bit. I wouldn't worry at all :)

Pamela - posted on 01/31/2010

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Hi, my name is Pam. My youngest was born on the 22nd of April and is speaking in sentences. No I don't think it is slow, I thought my first son one was slow he didn't have but about ten words at this age. Dr. told me it was normal and he would pick up more words the more we talked to him. my oldest is now ten and doing just fine. we used the advice the dr gave us for the second and it has really paid off. I hope this helps.

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