How well should a child this age be doing verbally by now?

Sophia - posted on 12/20/2009 ( 32 moms have responded )

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My daughter is doing well I think and I know I'm not supposed to compare, but I'm just asking out of curiosity

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Shari - posted on 12/29/2009

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My triplets are all at different places. One has practically no words, but signs just about everything he's learned in the signing time videos (I'm having him evaluated to see if the bells palsy he was born w/ is inhibiting him). Another just has a the "normal" words and/or signs. I've got to listen closely to what he's trying to say and can sometimes figure it out. And the other is constantly jabbering. I only hear words I know about a third of the time (sometimes less) but he's really doing well. He'll repeat almost everything I say, but doesn't always use those words on his own. Just proof that every kid develops differently, even if they're getting the same stimuli! Get w/ Parents as Teachers, or your doctor if you're concerned. My husband didn't say a word until he was 3, and then it was sentences...including the response when asked why he'd not said anything before then, "Nothing to say". (Everyone would say it for him, so he just never bothered.)

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Sai - posted on 01/28/2010

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I really think it depends on the child and any siblings. My 2008-er speaks in paragraphs but she has 3 older siblings, esp a sister who also started speaking sentences at 14 months. My first born barely spoke at all before he was 2 and his younger sister was speaking more at age 2 than he was at 4 (they are now 8 and 6). The two youngest (ages 4 and almost 2) spoke early and clearly but they were almost constantly spoken to by their siblings and me and my husband as well as other relatives who have stayed with us in the past 4 years. Most other kids her age are no where near her verbal skills unless they also have older siblings around. I think the interaction increases the level of understanding and the fact that they can practice more increases the skill.

Blair - posted on 01/27/2010

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I think my daughter is doing pretty well verbally. She made up her own word for coloring, she calls is "ny-nee". She says Mom and Daddy, doggy, Tiff, Bath, Potty, Boots, Shoe, Knee, Eye, Ear, Hair, Elbow (belbow), toe, arm, and her favorite I want Juice! LOL. Every child develops at their own pace.

Stacey - posted on 01/27/2010

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Hi there,
I wonder too sometimes!
Does anyone's '08 baby combine TWO words? My son is good at trying and saying lots of words, but has yet to combine them. i.e. "more please" I can only get "more" out of him, and then have to ask again for the "please"...
Anyone else out there dealing with that??

Aubrey - posted on 01/27/2010

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every child is different but i have noticed my very stubborn to talk child has gone crazy over words the last month or so. She is reapeating every thing i say, she litterly went from momma, dadda and milk to saying EVERY THING. the other day she said a whole sentence. Momma milk please go byebye. she wanted milk before we left the house how cute! also she points things out when were in the store or in the car like momma the birds are flying and oooohhh oook ( look no l sounds yet) momma perty when she sees something shiney. Her new words this week are green and purple and circle so every time she sees anything that is green or purple or a circles she gets really excited and tells me all about it. We also have been incouraging her to use her words and to not point and praise her alot when she tells us stories and what she wants and i think that has been helping her with her verbal skills latly.

Colleen - posted on 01/04/2010

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Yes, def. don't compare to others. They will all even out over time. Don't stress. My daughter is speaking hundreds of words. Some of the most difficult ones are umbrella, colleen (my name), elephant. She says all the basics, and uses help me, me show you, i love you, blocks tall. She's putting the words together, but not always properly. Such a fun age. She will count to 9, and then skips 10, 11, 12 and goes to 13. no matter what she's counting, even if it is 5 blocks, she'll count them over again until she gets to her version of 13. :)

Georgia - posted on 01/04/2010

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My daughter Shonah-Rose amazes us everyday she is speaking in full on sentences , we were actually very surprised at the things that she retains, her Pediatrician was quite impressed also, I too started showing her the my baby can read tapes, I haven't actually followed the tapes exactly but she watches them a few times a week, granted she's not reading yet but her word comprehension and pronunciation are incredible. She know's her ABC's since about 14 months and can count fluently to 12 without help, she also knows her full name and all her body parts including knees and elbows.She can explain why she's not happy and who did it (she loves telling on her daddy) or what show she wants to watch or book she wants to read. I think that it's on a child to child basis, I think if the baby is not putting at least 3 word sentences together by the age of 2 then what would speech therapy hurt , it can only make them better!

Becke - posted on 01/03/2010

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My son just turned 21 months and he only says about 8 words. His "child development center" that he is in says he is behind and recommends further testing even though it is up to me and hubby. I want to wait before looking into further testing because he has had some health problems that I believe has held him back. He was not a preemie or anything. He had an accident and broke his leg when he was only 13 months old, and for the reason of him not walking on time, he could not leave the infant room at the daycare center when he was supposed to. I think this seriously impacted his communication level since his motor skills were behind when he broke his leg, but have since picked up. I know what he wants by the sounds he makes, even if they are not words or sentences. He understands more words than he can say. He knows eye, ear, head, hair, nose, chin, tongue, teeth, and belly, and will point at them when asked. I can ask him questions, like are you hungry? Thirsty? sleepy? etc, and he will either nod yes or squawk a no. Words he can say and are understandable are Mommy, Anahi (his sister) eye, ear, momo (more), hi and we are working on bye and papa. He has said papa before, but thinks it's a game now because when papa tells him to say papa, he says mama instead and they argue back and forth about it. It's quite amusing. :)

Jeni - posted on 01/03/2010

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My son is doing pretty well at repeating what he hears. He says pease (Please), ank oo (thank you) elcome (welcome) of course mama, daddy, papa, nana, dayday (His big brother Davion) monty (our dog), hello if the phone rings, night night...he talks quite a bit BUT he is still having trouble telling us what exactly he wants when he gets upset.

Adrijana - posted on 01/03/2010

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My daughter is almost 21 months old & is only saying between 10 & 15 words. She can say Mama, Dada, see, look, there, no, & ta. She can sort of count. She can say 1 through to 10 but some numbers aren't properly pronounced but she is getting there. She can't put 2 words together yet. My child health nurse suggested that she see a speech pathologist and I'm on the waiting list to see one. A friend of mine also has a daughter who is 1 month younger than my daughter and she can already say around 40 words! I guess some kids learn quicker than others. Although my daughter can't say many words she understands most things when I talk to her.

Sammii - posted on 01/03/2010

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my lad is quite behind on his speach i think. my older two were speaking really well by now but Jack nly has a few words. he sais the usual mum, dad, nanna and attempts Boo (his older sister) but it comes out more as "Buh"
He tends to sign for things with his hands instead, he has special signs he uses for tired, nigh night, milk, hungry etc, so we just go by those.

Angela - posted on 01/02/2010

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Often times I think my little guy is a "genuis" too (I use the word very lightly). Not only does he speak four - five word sentences, he sings songs, can count to 13, sings the alphabet perfectly, counts with the grandfather clock when it starts to bong and spells three-four letter words (like go, stop, cat, dog, drum). He also plays the drums (a real drum kit) using all four limbs. He will hear a sound from a distance and point it out (letting you know what he hears). I think it's unbelievable! To say the least, I've video-taped galore for verification if he ever becomes famous! LOL!

Stacey - posted on 01/02/2010

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My son says the normal words (mom, dada, ice(our dog), sit, please, thank you, ect) and has started to repeat words. His new favorite word is Mongo (my cousins were repeating lines from Blazing Saddles over Christmas). He still babbles but adds words to his vocabulary daily. He is starting to form sentences and loves to tell stories (even if you can't understand them)

Amber - posted on 01/02/2010

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Considering my daughter does have any other kids to play with and the only people she sees all the time are her father and myself she's not to bad verbally. Some of the things she'll say you can only really understand if you're around her all the time.. Like the way she says 'alright.'

Huckleberry - posted on 01/01/2010

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At 20 months, my now 4 year old was speaking in perfectly understandable sentences. His comprehension and sentence structure was out of this world. He conceptually understood numbers and how to count. My 22 month old is physically beyond where my 4 year old was at this age and is collecting words, but he didn't start speaking until about 19 months. It is hard, even without words he is ridiculously easy to understand, but he loves words and he is becoming obsessed with books, which is great. All kids progress as they should, and I've never met school age kid who can't speak!

Patty - posted on 01/01/2010

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My son is doing really well! He knows all of his body parts, and talks quite a bit! He also is recognizing over 15 words when I show him flash cards (we are doing the Your Baby Can Read series). It was an expensive program but I figured every little bit of learning will help! =)

Kylie - posted on 01/01/2010

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My boy is way behind my daughter at this age, but in the last couple of weeks he has started to say more words and communicate a little better. He say MOO QUACK MEOW WOOF when asked which animals makes which sound. CHEESE whenever a photo is taken. Has said MUM DAD NAN for ages but now says SISSY too (which big sis Lucy Loves)....He grunts and points alot which is frustrating for both of us but we get there in the end LOL...

Annie - posted on 12/30/2009

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I think Lukus is progressing perfect...He can say the basic words like Mama, Dada, Papaw, Mamaw, (His sisters names) Daisy, Bayley (Bayee), Jane (Nane), Zoie (Dado, not sure where that comes from...we call her ZoZo sometimes), a few of my friends names. He calls Mickey Mouse, Hot Dog so when he wants to watch Mickey Mouse Club House he will turn on the TV and bring me the remote and say "Hot Dog"...

Amanda - posted on 12/29/2009

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Every kid is different i guess. But my lil gurl can say almost everything, she is joining words and speaks so clearly. She was 5 weeks prem but is still ahead of all her little friends the same age.

Tanya - posted on 12/29/2009

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My little munchkin is very verbal so she is talking up a storm. I have noticed her putting little sentences together like, "I did it!" And this one made me and my husband roll on the floor laughing... "I tooted!" She knows everyone's names including Aunts and Uncles and cousins. She is starting to sing her ABCs and I have heard her count to 5. She repeats anything we say. I do consider her to be pretty advanced in her vocabulary, but I do not want to push her to be any sort of child prodigy. We just have fun and I incorporate learning into the mix too when I can. I have always talked to her, even when I thought she wouldn't understand and I would ask her questions, not knowing if she would understand me or not. Just like one of the other moms said, I think it's very important to listen to your child and allow them to respond. And most important of all, shower them with love and affection. A child will always excel in life who has the love and encouragement from their parents! Don't get too caught up with the comparing. Every child is different and if a child isn't speaking as much, it doesn't mean they aren't as smart. My daughter was a late walker and she is as smart as a whip. She just simply took her time and there's nothing wrong with that. Kids grow up too fast anyway so we shouldn't be in such a big hurry to make them do everything.

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My daughter is the same way. She speaks very clearly in sentences. When she gets really excited about something and is telling a huge story.. you have to pay closer attention to understand what she is saying. But still so cute. We don't get to read to her very much but we just always have made an effort to communicate with her and never ignore her (I hate when parents do that). She knows her colours, can count by herself to 10 and I just started teaching her up to 20. Family members are shocked at how well she has developed at only 20 months... I just love watching her learn something new everyday.

Carrie - posted on 12/27/2009

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I know everyone thinks their child is a smarty pants and I admit I do too! Charlotte is now speaking in sentences and although not every word is understandable, we (my husband and I) are able to understand her. Even our friends who don't see her everyday understand what she is saying. She is learning Spanish at school and I think that exposure is helping her a lot. She knows her colors, can count to 14, and knows her alphabet by sight. She sings songs like "Itsy Bitsy Spider," "Twinkle Twinkle," "Baa Baa Black Sheep," "Santa Claus is coming to Town," etc. She does watch the "My Baby Can Read" videos now and then (maybe once every other week) but I do not follow the program really. The only two shows she does watch on a regular basis are Sesame Street and Mr. Rogers, which isn't a daily occurrence. We read to her all the time - I would estimate at least a half an hour a day during the work week and hours on the weekend. Charlotte is getting to the stage where she repeats everything we say or that she hears her teachers say at school. Luckily we have been able to watch what we say! She is constantly amazing my husband and I - like the other day when she said to him, "Daddy, move couch into kitchen." He thought she was just stringing words together, but then she said it again as she tried to push the couch!

Tessa - posted on 12/24/2009

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Girls definately learn to speak clearer faster than boys do. My son doesn't speak a lot of words verbally but he signs a whole bunch. And he picked up signs really quick now. He does say some words though. His main ones are truck and tractor :) But he's just recently started making an effort to speak which is really cute and I'm very excited about it.

Anna - posted on 12/23/2009

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It depends on the child. Every child learns at their own pace. I try to teach my daughter new words and sometimes I'll put on "My Baby Can Read" she took to some words faster than others. She is a stubborn one and she will only say it again when she feels like it, lol! She still babbles, but we do get surprised from time to time when she says bigger words that are even hard for me to say, haha!

Chantel - posted on 12/23/2009

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My daughters doing really well!! I think she's a genius;) (but I may be a tad biased) She says all sorts of words. The basics like mommy, daddy, meema (grandma) She tries to say her aunt's and uncle's names For Kayla she says a-ah and Courtney is ornee and David is DD. She can say Rebel.(the dog) Bad boy, Stay. no puppy. colour paper. She said annoying yesterday too which was really cool. She's my first and I'm just so proud of my little Einstien:)

Jodi - posted on 12/23/2009

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My son was born at 36 weeks, and he seems to be behind his older sister in everything. I'm not sure if it's because he's a boy or because he's premature or because it's just one of those things. He says a few words -- I think I can probably count up to about 15-20 words (mommy, dada, ball, bye, hi, tree, etc.). But, they're not pronounced very well yet. His sister was saying much more at his age. He can hear fine (he even hums every song he hears!), so I think I'll just have to wait and let him progress at his own pace.

Sunny - posted on 12/22/2009

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My daughter says only a couple of words yet, but she is learning to be bilingual. She says things like: Yeah, Balloo (Waybaloo), Mamma, Dadda, Nanna, Puu (Tree in Fin) etc. :-)

Lindsay - posted on 12/21/2009

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My daughter loves to repeat words, she is doing great. He tells you what she wants and trys to say words over and over until it sounds like what you are saying. She is doing great!

Sophia - posted on 12/21/2009

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yeah my daughter is the same way, I just can't help to compare her to my friend's lil girl who's only six months older and she speaks like she's 3 years old lol :)

Amanda - posted on 12/21/2009

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My son does ok i guess, He mostly has words for things that you can only understand if you are around him all the time.

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