Size of vocabulary at 18Months?

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My baby boy (18months) has a vocabulary of almost a 100 words and understand much more, but not able to say them yet. How many words should he be able to say at this stage?

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Melissa - posted on 01/20/2010

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My daughter, never stops talking, she's 17 months and has a huge vocabulary. "Where did he go?" when dad leaves, and "what is it moma?" when she sees something new. I think I read that between 5 and 20 words is the norm...I think that it's most important that all moms realize every child is different.

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my son is 17 months old and is nust now starting to really "talk", he can say about 15-20 words. And just recently was able to say a small sentence like "Come here Tom", and now says " Oh My" lol. All children are different and will learn at different intervals. When I took my son to the doctor at 15 months I was told he should know at least 10 words, but the only thing he was saying then was momma, dadda, and bottle. He learned the rest of the words in only 3 weeks. I absolutely love the cartoon Super Why, my son learned how to say Thank You from that show! lol

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Stacy - posted on 01/30/2010

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My son is 17 months and says pretty much everything you say to him. He's just starting to form small sentences though. It depends on the child.

Shakierra - posted on 01/27/2010

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My daughter at 17 months says about 20 to 30 words she also sing songs that she hears on the radio....its cute to hear her sing. However I do concur that every child is different.

Maree - posted on 01/26/2010

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Our daughter is 18 mths. We have talked, played and interacted with her almost non-stop. The number of words she knows are many and is also making small sentences. She can also count to 13 and knows her abc. Repetition and pronouncing the words correctly will help them learn but as everyone says at their own time and pace. Have no fear and no need to worry, it will happen - then you'll want a moments peace like I do at times... :)

Jamie - posted on 01/26/2010

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My daughter is 17 months old and says, dada, mama and will try and say things back to you but never consistently repeats, but understands anything you tell her to do... i hope she starts saying more soon, when to worry?

Nicole-Julia - posted on 01/26/2010

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my son is 16 months and say 'thankey', 'scuseme', bye-bye, 'mommy' 'dada' and 'no-no' he has recently started picking up phrases like 'dad did it' and what you doing. (he also says stinky and disgusting cuz that's what i say when i change his poopy butt) but like a post said early, each child is different and learns at his/her own pace...

Jill - posted on 01/25/2010

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Around 15 "words" is typical. But words is a loose term, they don't have to be perfect productions, more like "lables" for items. "A" for avocado, used consistently would count as a word. And putting words together comes along once a little one has a large enough vocabulary (20 - 50 words). There is a large range of typical in child development, some kids walk early and talk later and vise versa.

Zaira - posted on 01/25/2010

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My 17 month old son also understands alot but does not speak much the only words he really knows what to say is Dade, Mama, whats that, and tries to say his sisters name Cassandra but sounds more like aundra, I know every child is differnet but my 5yrs daughter was saying alot more by this age and I have a niece that is only 3wks younger then him and she says alot of words in spanish and english plus she was a premie. But his Doctor has told me not to worry its normal in boys, because boys take longer to learn things, and now that i'm reading everyones else statements I'm not so worried anymore, thanks everyone =)

Alison - posted on 01/25/2010

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Thandiwe Mkhwanazi, I don't think your child is behind at all! My little girl is in the same range of vocabulary as are most of her friends in our playgroup. Some kiddos learn different skills faster than others and when you see someone posting how much more advanced in that range their child is, it may cause you not to post your own information. Our children are fine, and perfectly within the "normal" range for speech. Have no fear =)

Alanna - posted on 01/25/2010

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Every child is different. They learn language and focus on motor skills at different stages. @ Rianie- based on what I've heard and read, your 18 month's old 100 word vocabulary seems advanced but still as normal as an 18 month old using only a few words. My 17 month old daughter has a very big vocabulary, but often doesn't speak in complete sentences like "Daddy gone....work...elevator" and words or short phrases to communicate with us. We continue to read with her, let her watch educational programs and encourage her to play.

Thandiwe - posted on 01/25/2010

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My 17 month old baby girl is not saying much. She can say mama, papa (daddy) and a few of my family member's name. She can take instruction well thou (like throwing things in the bin and bringing things to mummy). She can even say "kaka" and point to her nappy when she has made a poopie. In most cases she just points at wat she wants and says "mama". Is my child behind????? **worried**

Rachele - posted on 01/24/2010

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My almost 18th month old doesn't have a huge vocabulary but he understands what we are saying more and more each day. We say things like "Put it in the bin" and "Where's your ball" and he will act on it. "Thank-you" and "book" are his favourites and my partner and I love it when he calls out "Mum" or "Dada". Definitly agree that every baby's development is different.

Carolyn - posted on 01/22/2010

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My daughter (8/18/08) doesn't say much but she understands EVERYTHING! She only says Dada, Daddy, Momma, Uh-Oh, Baba (for bottle) and YaYa (for her brother). However, we have been teaching her some simple sign language since she was very young so she can sign "more", "thank you", "eat" & "please." She also clicks her tongue and wiggles her fingers when she wants the cat, or anyone else, for that matter, to come to her. My 9-year-old son talks for her so I don't think she feels the need to talk that much. Everytime I ask her to say something he answers for her and thinks it's funny. I'm not all that concerned about it. She is so smart and can do a lot of things at her age that my son couldn't that I think she'll do it when she's ready. I'm sure she's not going to be 13 years old and still pointing and crying for something because she can't say what she wants, though at 13 she may be pointing and crying for different reasons, lol.

Molly - posted on 01/21/2010

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my son is 17 months and he can say: this,that,dada,down,bye bye,ball, momma,nite nite, all gone and that is all he really can say. every child learns at different pace. i also think boys are slower than girls.

Jennifer - posted on 01/21/2010

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My daughter is almost 17 months and she has a pretty good vocabulary. She says about 20-30 words and also small sentences like "I did it". Every child is different, and learn at different times.

Ellen - posted on 01/20/2010

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I think it depends on the child. My son understands everything I say to him, because he is able to follow directions to the letter (he may not always want to but at that moment however). For a while he was whining and crying due to frustration because we couldn't understand what he wanted so we taught him to point and say that or this or please. He can definately tell me what he does and does not want!! Most of his words are polysyllabic and he has made up words for certain things, for instance laundry is ra-round for the motion of the agitator in the washer. I think as long as they are communicating without frustration they will say words at their own pace. I think it's more important that they understand the words before they can say them.

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