14 month old not talking

Cassie - posted on 11/02/2010 ( 18 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 14 1/2 months old and not talking. All she says is mama, dada, bubba, pa pa. She isnt saying any words yet like dog, cat, eat, yes. I work with her all the time but she acts like she dont care about talking. I was just wondering if this is normal ?

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Karen - posted on 11/01/2011

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I wouldn't worry I stressed why my second son did talk as early as his big brother but out of no where he just started saying everything, kids do things when they are ready not when we think it should happen.

Reshma - posted on 09/06/2011

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My twins are 18months old and they don't have a lot of words that they say and my daughter has more words than my son at that. They understand everything we tell them but i guess they will talk once they are ready.

Emily - posted on 12/22/2010

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Sounds normal to me. Kids all develop their skills in their own time. The goal is by age 2 they can put 2 words together.

Julie - posted on 12/22/2010

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my daughter will be a year and 5 months on january 3rd....... she says some words.. not too many though.... like she says... toys.... ball, buwa (to drink milk) may (to drink water cuz that is the arabic word for water) she says ball, tutti (her sister's nickname...) papa, mama, she says NO a lot.... but she understands everything........ like when i ask her where is your hat... she touches her head and she goes and looks for it..... when i ask her to get her shoes she does;... when i tell her to go to the room so we can sleep she does..... she is very smart... but she is also very stubborn... she also helps me put away the toys when i tell her..... if i tell her not to touch something on the table she goes right to it to touch it or take it off the tabke to bring it to me..... she has been walking since she was 10 months... and when i tell her that she has to take a bath... she goes to the washroom and waits for me/..

Samantha - posted on 12/19/2010

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As long as she is making eye contact and other physical gestures, there is no reason to worry about your 14 month old not talking. My daughter will be 16 months old tomorrow and does not say a word. She understand EVERYTHING that is said to her. I can ask her to do things and she does. I do not think she has a NEED to say anything other than her babbling. We get lots of grunts and pointing, and we always encourage her to use her words. She also understands signing, and will only sign for eat and more. Other than that, we just have to know what she needs and when. I have been trying to let her get a little worked up to try to provoke a word or two, but no such luck.



From talking with my and my husband's family, it is common for the kids in our families to not talk until they are almost 2, then the kids seem to go from one or two words to full sentences in a week. I suggest just keep talking to her, describe everything, and the talking will come when she is ready and has something to say!

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Debbie - posted on 07/29/2013

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Wow that sounds great! My grandson lives with me and he's 14 months and only says ooooh. I'm concerned.

Lisa - posted on 12/18/2010

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First I will ask if your daughter is at home with you all the time or does she go to a nursery? If not give it time, or are there lots of persons in the household? Give her time. Some children talk faster and say more words depending on where and how they are socialised.[persons around them talking.]

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I went to see a pediatrician and asked about my 14 month old not talking a lot. My son says uf-uf! when he sees a dog, calls me dada, yeah, nd that's it. To my surprise he said it was normal.and not to worry. He makes eye contact and"talks" to you, does otjer physical things that are above the average and, knows what I'm saying, will follow commands ie where's your bubba or ball nd go get it. Etc. So he's fine. He also told me that boys can take longer. I was surprised, cause my other one started early... so yeah, not to worry about your 14 month old not talking! :)

Michelle - posted on 12/02/2010

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So glad others have this issue, mine says mama and dada, has a word for doggie and birdie, and says something close to "what's that?", but other than that, all babble. She does understand words, ask her to point to a certain picture in a book and she can do it, but no real words, just her Megan language :-)

Danielle - posted on 11/29/2010

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my son is 15 months old and my nice is 19 months old they say mama dada nan grandad mollie my sn even calls me danielle (ggrr) but zspeech theropy shouldnt be an option at that age ifshe understands what your saying but just choses not to say things thats difrent my 7yr old nice did that one day youll turn around and she will have a convosaton with her dont get to woried xx

Cristina - posted on 11/10/2010

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If shes not stringing sentences together by the age of 2 shell need to be evaluated for speech therapy. Talk to your ped about early intervention in your state

Abbey - posted on 11/08/2010

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My son just babbles and he is 15mos old today. I was told not to worry as he understands pretty much everything we tell him. Some people tell me to stop doing the things he wants (like when he points to something and I give it to him)... but I tell him what I'm giving him - I'm not going to just not give him his milk or water. The doctor said as long as he is making sounds and associating words then he'll talk when he's ready.

Sally - posted on 11/07/2010

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My 14 and a half month old doesn't say a whole lot. Momma, Dadda, Hi, Bye bye. She's really good with her animal sounds. She knows what a cat, dog, monkey, rooster, gorilla, elephant, and duck says. That's about it. She isn't all that interested in saying anything else. Probably because she communicates so well with us without words.

Alexis - posted on 11/03/2010

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My son is the same way, mom, dada, papa bye bye and bubble. He understands a lot more than he can say though. He understands dog, bird, outside, eat, nap and the list goes on. I dont think its abnormal to not be saying a lot of words just yet. Does she babble a lot and understand a lot more than she is saying? I wouldn't worry about it, if your that concerned bring up your 14 month old not talking at the next doctors appointment.

Lindsey - posted on 11/02/2010

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dont feel bad...my daughter is also 14 months old and not talking...the only word beside mama, and dada .......is ball

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I went to see a pediatrician and asked about my 14 month old not talking a lot. My son says uf-uf! when he sees a dog, calls me dada, yeah, nd that's it. To my surprise he said it was normal.and not to worry. He makes eye contact and"talks" to you, does otjer physical things that are above the average and, knows what I'm saying, will follow commands ie where's your bubba or ball nd go get it. Etc. So he's fine. He also told me that boys can take longer. I was surprised, cause my other one started early... so yeah, not to worry about your 14 month old not talking! :)

Alexis - posted on 11/03/2010

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My son is the same way, mom, dada, papa bye bye and bubble. He understands a lot more than he can say though. He understands dog, bird, outside, eat, nap and the list goes on. I dont think its abnormal to not be saying a lot of words just yet. Does she babble a lot and understand a lot more than she is saying? I wouldn't worry about it, if your that concerned bring up your 14 month old not talking at the next doctors appointment.

Lindsey - posted on 11/02/2010

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dont feel bad...my daughter is also 14 months old and not talking...the only word beside mama, and dada .......is ball

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