non-talkers?

Sara - posted on 11/02/2008 ( 40 moms have responded )

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Anyone else's August 07 baby not saying any clear words yet? My little boy babbles up a storm, with hand motions and head tilting,, but for the life of me I cannot understand a single word! The only thing I recognize is "mamama" when he's sad. Beyond that he knows a few signs, and he responds to everything I say. I just wish I could tell the Dr that he officiially "talks".

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Angie - posted on 11/23/2008

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My son was born at 32 weeks so his adjusted age is 13 months. He only says Mama, Dada, Uh oh, Bow wow wow. I was concerned because babies at 13 months are saying more then he is. At his High Risk clinic the Occupational therapist said even if he was not a preemie as long as he is babbling then not to worry. Babbling is considered talking.

Lisa - posted on 11/23/2008

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My little man is now 15 months he says dad, dadden for daddy, mum, gog for dog and ta. he babbles none stop and i always chat back 2 him like i understand him. i know he understands cause even though he not really talking he will nod and shake his head when i ask him things. none of my other children really spoke till they were 2 so dont b worried at all. I found once they started there was no stopping them, within a few months they could speak aswell as any other kids their age.

also he is not walking yet either, my lazy little monster lol.

Evian - posted on 11/22/2008

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oh thank god!!! i thought mine was the only one.... my son is not clear at all... says mama all the time but thats about it .....

Tricia - posted on 11/22/2008

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I just had this very conversation with our Doctor at his 15 month checkup. She said signing counts as a word. And she thought she heard him saying things we didn't realize he was saying. Based on the babbling he was doing and the motions he was making, she was not concerned. It was reassuring to hear, though. We already read to him a lot and he loves books, but she suggested making even more of an effort to just point things out on the pages of the book rather than read the real story.

Amanda - posted on 11/21/2008

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my little man is the same way. He can say words when he stops and thinks about it iitherwise it is mama for just about everything other than dada for daddy.

Becky - posted on 11/19/2008

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I just took my son for his 15 month check up and the Dr. told me the same things, read to him, talk to him more, etc. I am not worried though. My daughter did not say her first word until she was 18 months old, now she is 3 1/2 and will not stop talking!

Michelle - posted on 11/18/2008

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My little one doesn't speak either. She understands everything I say to her though... she does say mama, daddy and doggie... that's it! I'm not worried... Churchill didn't speak until he was 5 years old. I decided I'm raising a genius :)

Some kids are just a little later... with her, I think she's confused with English and French. I only speak to her in French and my husband speaks to her in both languages, but everyone else speaks to her in English... she'll get it when she gets it... although, I must admit that I'm getting a little nervous for her 18 month appointmen as the doctor looks for her to be able to say 6 - 10 words...

Anna - posted on 11/18/2008

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ok, girls...Ty (Aug 15 2007) just had his 15 mo. check up with the doctor and I asked her about the fact that he knows NO words, other than momma and uh-oh and she said not to worry about it and that words come along more around 18 mo. SO, we are all good!!

Angela - posted on 11/18/2008

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Yea, my son born Aug. 29th babbles up a storm too and can understand what I say. But beyond momma and dadda he still has yet to say any other words. Im not worried I can tell he's close.

Joanna - posted on 11/18/2008

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My little guy is the same- not too many words, but I have a feeling that like walking, it'll happen overnight! He babbles conversationally (which is SO funny, isn't it?) and I know that's the first step to developing language skills. I think it's totally normal for him not to be "talking" yet! He'll get there. :)

Michelle - posted on 11/18/2008

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My little boy is the same way! We have been signing to him for months and months and he just started picking it up consistently a few weeks ago and is adding signs daily. He babbles and hollers all the time and has changed to changing around his syllables so they sound more like conversation. The only thing I hear is "Dada" which he usually hollers when his father is elsewhere in the house! ;) Girls' language skills also develop earlier than boys. I am sure the talking thing will happen overnight!

Heather - posted on 11/17/2008

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My little girl doesn't say anything other than "Dada" and that's not always even to her daddy. I know she understands us because she will do what we ask, but it's getting frustrating that she won't/can't use any "real" words. We tried sign language, too, and that hasn't worked either. The only sign she has is "all done." I'm sure she'll get it in her own time. It's comforting knowing that there are others out there in the same boat!

Kristi - posted on 11/15/2008

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I have twins who will be 15 months tomorrow and one babbles a lot more than the other. My son finally said puppy the other day but other than that neither one have said anything that is really A WORD. We have a person that comes in once a week to work with them on different things because they used to be delayed in their motor movements too and she said that we should just keep reading to them (they absolutely love books) and it will eventually come. Just like some of the other people they understand so much but it is frustrating that they can't get the words out to tell us.

Samantha - posted on 11/15/2008

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i completely understand. my son babbles non stop. he does say a couple words like "kitty" (which was his first word) and "da da"... but not just to daddy and he says uh-oh.. kinda. he really thinks he's telling me stories upon stories but i dont understand a thing!! we have his 15 month appointment soon.. i'll let you know what the doc says

Kari - posted on 11/14/2008

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HI! I took my son, who is 15 months to the doctor last week. I wouldn't be too worried. My son is very vocal, I just can't understand a single word he says. Our doctor suggested reading books to him, continue to talk to him and eventually it will come. I wouldn't be worried. Good luck!

Mandee - posted on 11/13/2008

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Don't worry about it! My Aug. 07 baby is talking a little, but a lot more than his older brother. Kaden (4) talked a ton by the time he was 1, Peyton (2) didn't talk until he was 2 and then....boy did he talk. The dr was never worried. They just all have their own speed. That and since he had an older brother he didn't have to talk. Connor (1) has a better chance...the other 2 are to busy fighting to worry about talking for him!

Krista - posted on 11/13/2008

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Mine has a few words but he definately doesn't say them much...and they are strange first words...like "off" and "upstairs". He said "off" every day for a week and I don't really hear it much anymore. Same with upstairs.

Keep in mind, if they point to something and say jibberish, and it's the same jibberish each time, it counts as a word! (like DA for dog).

Katy - posted on 11/13/2008

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Sara, enjoy it! Dont try to rush anything. Boys really do develop slower. My niece who is just a few weeks older then my son talks and makes sense and copies what you say!! My son however, babbles and makes no sense whatsoever. They are just different.
Doctors are so quick to throw out diagnosis and us as worried mothers just want to die when are children aren't on the right track! But for the most part worrying is for nothing and we need to relax let our children develop at their own pace.

Naomi - posted on 11/10/2008

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My son is quite slow to talk too...but unlike everyone else here so far, he will not say mama or dada no matter how hard we try and it is KILLING me. His first word was his own name (Jack), but now the only thing he will say is "oof" for dog (woof). He is super social and will imitate our actions, so I don't think he's delayed or autistic but it still bothers me. Other than constant repetition which we have tried, anything else we can do?

Anna - posted on 11/10/2008

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My little man does the same thing...he says "uh-oh" and momma, but that's about it. He understands SO much more than he can say. If I ask him to come here, he does. If I ask him where his passy is, he looks around for it. So, I dont' know...he had tubes put in almost a month ago, but I don't think that has too much to do with it. We have our 15 mo. check up this Friday, so I will update everyone with what the doctor has to say about his talking... take care!

Kimberly - posted on 11/07/2008

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I have the same problem. My 14th month old girl says dada and mama something. She calls the dog "GiGi" but everything else is just babble. I was just thinking am I the only one...

Keisha - posted on 11/06/2008

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all of my girls were slow talkers... Pnut was born aug 07 and she is seeing a speech therapist..well we havent started yet but her first appt will be with in the next couple of weeks...



if you think its a big prob and your really worried then have her evaluated.. its better to help them earlier than later

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My little girl doesn't really talk either....

She does sign language great though... she knows Milk, more, hungry, thank you , please. So maybe you try some sign language? I know that they'll talk when they want to... she is very bright and understands what I'm saying.. she helps to pick up and follows voice commands. They are on their own time frame.

Tricia - posted on 11/05/2008

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When my son points and "whines" for something I hand him the object and say the word.

Also we have 3 dogs and only got a puppy this past week. While our son has heard the other Dogs names, Sam and Sara (simple enough words) for 15 months, he chose to start saying the new dogs name Sheky after only hearing it for a week. The key must have been repetitiveness. So maybe focus on a word like Cup for a week and use it often. See what happens. Just a suggestion.

Sara - posted on 11/05/2008

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I know what you mean about being either a talker or a mover. My neighbors lil girl said clear words at 9 months, and whole sentances at 14 months, but she didnt even crawl til she was a yr, and she not terribly coordinated as a 2 yr old. My lil guy started running at 9 months, and can jog circles around her at 15 months, but here we are discussing why he doesnt talk!

Jana - posted on 11/04/2008

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I think to a non-parent my daughter would sound like she is only talking babbles, but we can figure out about 10 words, doggie, duck, mommy, daddy. But if I read the books it sounds like she should be much clearer then she is, oh well. I also read somewhere that babies either focus on mobility or speech and that one will be stronger. That has always been true with my little one, she has always focused on moving verses talking.

Toni - posted on 11/04/2008

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My son isn't acutally walking yet, either. No worries. His brother (now 3) didn't walk until 16 months. Ryan (15 month old) can stand alone and cruises the furniture. He also flies around the house on his push walker. As long as they get where they need to be, there isn't cause for concern until 18 months or so. But, ask your doctor if you are worried!

Rose - posted on 11/04/2008

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My little guy didn't start walking until recently. He got to be 14 months and wasn't showing much interest in it yet so we started coaching him with fruit snacks. We would set the fruit snack on the couch and then make him walk a few steps to get it and then slowly move farther and farther. My husband really seemed to enjoy it. Now within just a few weeks he is walking about 10 steps or so, he still prefers to crawl but I'm seeing him get more and more confident. They need their timing on things but it still can't hurt to encourage them!

Claire - posted on 11/04/2008

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My little girl is pretty much the same. Although she babbles constantly and often sounds like a klingon!!! she only says a few words. She says mum, dad, cat, ta and pardon, I know that she should be saying a lot more as by the age of 2 they should be stringing along sentences.
Also she's not walking on her own yet. Does anybody else have the same problem?

Nicki - posted on 11/04/2008

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My daughter is the same. Babbles all the time. She dose same mama, dada, and mmmmm (for milk), and "get it" (when she throws the ball for the dog). but must of all she babbles. I think it great! don't worry he will get there, and then they won't stop talking. lol

Amy - posted on 11/04/2008

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don't worry! My little Matthew babbles QUITE a bit. We can understand Mommy, Daddy, Doggy, nana (for Grandma and banana), Pap Pap, Tractor but not much else. He tries to talk, but words just aren't clear yet. I figure, especially with boys, it will take some time. They just aren't as verbal (so I hear) as us girlies

Rose - posted on 11/04/2008

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My little guy just says a few of the basics "mama" "dada" but he was getting so frustrated because he wanted to communicate so we did sign language. He loves it and I couldn't go without it. He used to scream when he wanted to get down from his high chair and now he can tell me, same when he wants more of something. Boys tend to be a little less verble is when I've heard, girls start talking as soon as they can while boys are just content. Don't worry, it'll happen eventually, keep up the signing!

Sara - posted on 11/04/2008

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Thanks! I'm still nervous abou this Dr appt. Maybe we could all check in after the 16month appt. and find out what the different DR's said. I'm not worried about autism or anything (I'm familiar w/ it, and he has NONE of the signs), but I cringe at the thought of them saying that he might be speech delayed. Can someone who talks NONSTOP (without saying anything intelligable) be speech delayed?

Tricia - posted on 11/04/2008

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My son says Dadeee, Moma, sheky (our dog), and that.

I think that there are high expectations for them to start talking and it puts pressure on us moms and makes us nervous. As a mom of 3, I know my older two (now 11 and 12) talk just fine by 2, 2 - 1/2 and were both late talkers.

Anna - posted on 11/04/2008

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My Aug 07 boy says "mama" for EVERYTHING that it doesn't make me feel special, like he is talking to me. He says "uh-oh" too, but nothing else. He babbles a lot and is starting to move his tongue around inside and outside of his mouth, too. I have our 15 mo. check up next week, so I will see what the doctor says. I don't want to get too worried yet. I will keep you all updated.

Randi - posted on 11/03/2008

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My daughter blabbles up a storm aswell, but she doesn't say anything clearly except her name (Layla) and it is to many things. She just started to say Dipa cause I asked her to say diaper, but other than that its muma, mama(gramma), and Cottin(any animal? not sure why) she barks and quacks. and thats all I can understand. I'm not worried she'll come around.

Toni - posted on 11/03/2008

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My son is just starting to say "buh" for ball. "a-ee" for Daddy and "ma-ma". He will try to repeat sounds, too and he does sign for "more" and points to what he wants. I think it's just a matter of time for them.

Nicole - posted on 11/03/2008

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my son babbles a lot, like he is saying something very important. he will repeat words, easy ones, but usually never says them on his own. My Dr. didn't give me any reason to be worried about it and said that he is doing great. He says some things: stinky, ball, mama, dada, bubba... anything that has more then one syllable doesn't really some out right. I think he is fine. I try to call everything he touches or points to by name in hopes that it might stick. I am going to see how he gets by 16m and then start worrying then. my brother didn't talk to anyone until he was like 2 and he is one of the smartest kids I know :) just look for other signs that might make you worry. but if he seems fine with everything else then I wouldn't worry too much now.

Stephanie - posted on 11/02/2008

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I'm with ya, my Aug 07 boy says mommy (daddy is mommy too), uh-oh, and just started saying nana for banana, sometimes gub or bu for bug...he knows so much but wont' say it. The dr. said by 15 months he should be saying 5-10words, so I have anxiety as well, but I know it really isn't anything to worry about...you just want to be able to the the doc.

Cheryl - posted on 11/02/2008

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My little girl can say a few words but she will try to "tell" her older cousins what to do but we can't understand a thing. She calls a dog a "bo wo" but we can't get her to say doggie for anything. I'm afraid when she does start talking she is going to be a sassy thing so I'm kinda enjoying not being able to understand her yet. LOL

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