When should my toddler be talking?

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My second born turned 18months just over a week ago and he can only say about 5 words. He understands everything and will even complete small tasks I give him. I know that children are individuals and develop at different stages, but my eldest at the same age were already talking up a storm. Am I the only one experiencing this?

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Joanne - posted on 02/06/2010

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Thanks for the response, I'm not too worried either and most likely when he does start he won't stop.

Autumn - posted on 02/06/2010

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My daughter is 17 months and only says "momma" all the time. I have only heard her say 3 other words once and that is it. She does everything I ask and understands directions, up to 3 step tasks. Not worried at this point & time. I'm sure she'll start talking soon & never stop like her mommy & daddy!!

Cindy - posted on 02/03/2010

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mine just turned 17 months and isnt talking either but a few words her favorite being dada all day long but she understands and does everything we tell her to do or get.

Joanne - posted on 02/02/2010

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I'm sure my son will talk soon enough and once he does Iwill probably get wore out with why's and what's this??.......lol so maybe I will enjoy the babbling a little longer.

Lindsey - posted on 02/02/2010

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Every child is different. My son mainly babbles as well. He is 17months. I stay home with him. But I talk to him all day long. He will look at me and just babble away like we are having a full on conversation. So just encourage him when ever he does talk! One day the babble will turn to real words. Right now he says, Mama, Dada, Hi, Bye, NO, Than Choo(thank you), ah don(all done), ou-siee(outside). Probably no one else would know what he means but because he tries to repeat what I say, I can only assume he knows what he is trying to say ;)

Loni - posted on 01/28/2010

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This is my first, corey is 18 months, and I thought he'd be babbling away but he's not. He understands everything i say,but he just does not want to talk. My pediatrician said don't worry cause when he does start talking he probly won't ever shut up.lol but really don't worry he is comprehending ok, he'll talk when he's ready!

Joanne - posted on 01/27/2010

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I have a 17 month old son, my first,and besides dada and mem (mom) he says nothing else. He understands almost everything said to him and asked of him but most every sound is babbling and squealing. I thought it was something to worry about but I guess as long as he knows what we say his words will come later.

Jill - posted on 01/27/2010

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FYI...If any of you guys want more information on speech development this is a great website - it is by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, which is the national body of accredidation for Speech Pathologist and Audiologists. Lots for information on development and links for other resources...http://www.asha.org/public/

Katerina - posted on 01/26/2010

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Hi, my 17 months old Angelina is the same way. Babbles all day long but she doesn't pronounce any words. Occasionally when she gets excited she would repeat a word. She has repeated probably over 100 words. But only once and never again. I am sure she is just storing it for later use and then she will start with sentences. :-))) Only shame that we don't even hear mama or dad. Only words she likes to say are HI and bye.

Jasmina - posted on 01/26/2010

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I have heard that boys usually start to talk lil bit later. Like a example I have my 2 nephews :-) It's normal and nothing to worry about. You must encouraging him to talk...talk to him, enforce him to give you an answer for everything you ask ..that mean you should asking him about everything even simple things..like: Which socks you want to wear today..the blue or white ones?? :-)) or what kind cartoon you want to watch now?-cats with big ears or dogs with small tails :-))) make him to answering you not only with YES or NO.

My son is 17months old now..and talk like a old little dwarf :-)) He is talking soooooo much. He now can say even a whole sentences ( in modified baby language of course :) like...



> Mama hiding behind the door....

>I want water, not a chocolate !

> I love mama and daddy.........

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I think that my TALKING & TALKING makes him so gabby :-)) My son was my "only friend" with whom I was talking to, while my husband was at work all day :-))



I would not be worried about..really. I know so much people with this "problem".

More kids-more worlds. Each of them are different :-)

Good luck..and take care!

Karen - posted on 01/25/2010

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wow thank you guys! I have been battling with this issue for many months. My son is also 17 months and has just recently said mama and dada! he understands when i speak to him and he does respond but not much more than "no" and an occasional yes. if he doesnt want something he would shake his head no! I try not to get frustrated cause he did have many ear infections and had tubes placed in his ears and but was hoping for a big miracle. But I feel a lot better knowing he is not alone. He is also a second child. thank you for this discussion

Joanne - posted on 01/23/2010

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My son is 16 & 1/2 months and doesn't say a word. He has been working with a speech therapist since 13 months. Every state has speech therapy available for free to families. Ask your pediatrician for info.

Amy - posted on 01/23/2010

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My son is also 17 months old. He is my first and he hardly says anything at all. He says, "sit" and "more" and that is about it. I have worked with him and repeated words until they start to sound wrong coming out of my mouth, and he just won't repeat them. So, no you are not alone!! I hope he starts talking soon, though, so he won't get so frustrated.

Michelle - posted on 01/22/2010

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my fourth doesnt say a lot, mainly babble, but every now and then she will come out with a phrase like 'i need a cuddle', and 'want to get up', things we say to her alot, but my other three were all different

Amy - posted on 01/22/2010

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My son is also 17 months. He says the occasional word, like truck or light, but other that that, he just babbles! He is also my only child. He babbles constantly, though, so I imagine proper vocabulary can't be far behind!

Jennifer - posted on 01/22/2010

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Yay!! So glad I am not the only with concerns! My 17 month old, also may second child still does not say anything either, but understands everything we tell him. I was concerned as well because my oldest spoke very early and I assumed the second child would speak at the same time or even earlier because they hear their older sibling talking. Apparently thats not the case.

Angie - posted on 01/21/2010

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My 17 month is the same way, very few words. My older child spoke very early and has a huge vocabulary. I agree, it's frustrating that our 17 month olds don't talk as much as their older siblings, but I'm glad to see my child isn't the only one! Thanks for sharing.

Crystal - posted on 01/21/2010

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my 17 month old doesnt talk either.. she is hard of hearing but she refuses to say any words.

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Thank you so much for your response Keri, makes me feel a whole lot better knowing I'm not the only one experiencing this.

Your description is so accurate that I can literally take out all the 'she's' and replace them with 'he's' (I have 2 boys)

Thank you so much for taking the time.

Keri - posted on 01/21/2010

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No you are not the only one. My daughter has no desire to say any actual words either. She babbles and squeals all day long but getting her to use actual words has been really hard. My oldest started talking very early on and was extremely talkative by the time she was her sister's age. It seems that the second child tends to talk later because the older sibling just gives the baby whatever they want w/out asking them. For example, if the little one is whining for something my older daughter will automatically hand her a cup of water or a snack instead of trying to get the baby to ask or say water or eat. I've had several friends who went thru this same thing. It's pretty normal I think. I've been trying to work with her more by repeating things over and over until she tries to repeat what I've just said. Then when she does, I make a big deal over it. It is making me a little crazy though that she doesn't say much cuz she'll come get me and drag me to the kitchen and then I have to guess what she wants. It's getting old. Sorry this is so long, but I hope it helps some.

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