the amount of words a baby is talking?

DIamond - posted on 09/20/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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Hi my name is Diamond an i have a 16 month old son Name Ka'Ron. i was wondering how many words should a 16 month old baby be saying.

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Amanda - posted on 10/24/2009

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Sean is nearly 19 months and is saying very little. We asked in his creche and they said it is not unusual at all and not to worry.Apparentley the main thing is that they can understand what we are sayin, I know that is a vague answer but hope it helps

Crystal - posted on 10/23/2009

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My daughter Was mainly repeating until lately! Now she says Up, Hi, buh by, dada, mama, buba (for brother), meow, and so on. I was beginning to worry about her! The best thing though is if you think something is off talk to your Dr. They can Either reassure you , or perform test to ensure everything is working properly!

Kerry - posted on 10/19/2009

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All children develop at different stages my 1st born could say so many words by 18 months my mother in law often asked if i had swallowed a dictionary when i was pregnant with him. He was very fluent by two and could speak extremely well. My second child he had limited speech at 18 months and was slower to understand him but he is 4 now and his speech is perfect. Now number 3 she is more like the first and at 18months has around 35 recognisable words......

Melina - posted on 10/17/2009

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My son is what im calling a lazy boy, he has learnt words in the past but now doesnt say them and prefers to point at everythng rather than talk lol. His favourites are There, where, why, no, Nana, Mama, Dada, Whats there, Up There.

Kristin - posted on 10/16/2009

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BTW, my husband is happy because although DS only has a few words, he has recently added "baseball" to his vocabulary... :)

Kristin - posted on 10/16/2009

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at 18 month check-up doc says between 8-12 words is normal. So I guess we're a little ahead of the curve, but not much. :)

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Her doctor told me she should be saying about 10 words when I had her in for her 18 month appointment last Saturday. She actually says more like 20 at this point. I agree with the poster that said first children may not talk that much early on compared to children that have older siblings. I work in childcare and have noticed that with some of the kids.

Alicia - posted on 10/08/2009

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I think those definitely count! He is communicating and that's what you want to see. My son said animal noises before he said the name. It was quite funny actually. He still says woof woof for dog but will label animals like iguana correctly. Too funny.

Kristin - posted on 10/07/2009

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btw, does anyone know what "officially" counts as a word? If, for instance, my son always makes the same meow-ing sound for a cat, does that count as a word? What if I know he is trying to say train, but it comes out "dain" every time, does that count? Am I overly obsessing? :)

Kristin - posted on 10/07/2009

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I have been secretly worried that my son wasn't talking enough. My mom is constantly talking about how I was talking in complete sentences at 9 months. While I think her memory is decieving her somewhat, it's been hard for me not to wonder what is normal. I recently read somewhere (babycenter.com, I think) that verbal skills usually see a spike at 18 months, and I have seen his "talking" improve some in the past week or two. Maybe it's just that he is hitting the right time for him, or maybe I'm just paying closer attention. Is Ka'Ron advanced in motor skills? My pediatrician told me that kids develop in "columns" (ie. they will master motor skills first, then move on to verbal, or vice versa). Espen has always been a little motorboat, constantly on the go. Maybe Ka'Ron is just more interested in exploring his world than talking about it. :) Keep us posted!

Gaylin - posted on 10/06/2009

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My 3 year old was speaking in simple sentences at age one. My 18 month old only has a handful of words (maybe 10, tops), but he understands and follows directions well. I think it's because he's the baby, and his brothers do a lot of things for him because his needs are anticipated. He is a closet talker too, he'll go in the bedroom or somewhere with no one, close the door and then sit there and talk to his animals or something..... :)

Kimberly - posted on 10/05/2009

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I think it depends on the child, and if they have an older sibling. my 17month old says alot. I mean alot. But i also have a 5 yr old, who definately didnt talk nearly as much at this age. Like christine said dont panic yet. If at 2 there still not very verble ask your dr to do a hearing test.

Christine - posted on 09/25/2009

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I know docs like them to be saying about 20 words at 18 months, but not to worry in till there two, my girl was late at everything but she understands alot more than most 2 year olds (she's now 17 months). dont worry, if you are still worried at 2 then ask a doc but most kids catch up

Bridget - posted on 09/20/2009

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Im pretty sure it varies, as with all things children.

My girl is also almost 17 mos and says a lot of indistinguishable words,

but clearly bye bye, dad, dog, kitty, a few things like that. She responds to

things, like points at the moon, but doesn't say moon yet.

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