Christina - posted on 01/26/2011 ( 25 moms have responded )
My son is almost 18 months old (in about 2 weeks) and so far, he only jibber jabbers He uses the word "dada" to describe everything. He doesn't use it to actually reference his daddy. If we ask him where's daddy he will look at my husband or where's mommy he knows to look at me, same with the dog. If I ask him to get his toy ball he will go find it and bring it to me. He knows how to open and close doors or drawers when I ask him to etc. Because he understands these simple commands I know he can hear me and isn't deaf etc. He walks around the house talking up a storm in a foreign language that he seems to understand but when I listen closely I never hear any real words. Should I be concerned that he doesn't have a few real words at this point? or is it more a matter of "every child learns at a different rate"? Should I just continue to encourage him to talk and assume that the jibber jabbering will turn into real words?