How many words are 16month olds saying?

Angela - posted on 05/21/2010 ( 114 moms have responded )

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My 16 month old is only saying a couple of words and I am afraid she might be a late bloomer...When do childeren normally strart talking?

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Brittney - posted on 01/11/2012

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My daughter says over 34 words, though most say only 6-10 words at 15 months.

Mickala - posted on 06/21/2010

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Mine is 16 months and she is saying hundreds if not a thousand words, she talks all day long! she wants to know what everything is called. She has many friends around her age and most of them dont talk at all while one of them talks more than mine....they all move at their own pace!!

Sarah - posted on 06/20/2010

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My youngest is a right chatterbox and copies every word you say and her newest is "i want" lovely! My 2yr old has only recently started talking, I really wouldnt worry as every child does things at different times. I think that Izzy talks so much because of her 2 older siblings.

Sian - posted on 06/19/2010

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my little boy is 17 months old & says quite a few words already like. mum, gran, grandad, nana, digh, doggy, teddy, hiya, bye, love you, kissy, ball, ta, whoopsy, mickey, dummy, botbot, juice, uh-oh, yumyum, bannana, juice, yes & of course NO. but he has only started saying most of them in the past month, thay have all come at once :).

Cassandra - posted on 06/18/2010

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at this age theres really no such thing as a late bloomer because babies and toddlers vary so much in their development usually its a bit older where a pediatrician would actually be concerned at their growth and development. my daughter just turned 17 months the other day and she says momma, eat eat/food, up, down, no, cat, dog, uh oh, wow, bebo (juice), baba (milk), baby, shoe, eye, nose, bye bye, go, all gone, ball, thank you, && teto (spanish pacifier) && hi...i dont think your child is late at all though im sure she will begin talking very soon but like i said all babies develop at different rates. i do have youre baby can read and its good but i dont really have the time to sit there and work with her so i think what made her speak is me speaking to her like an adult and my family doing the same my doctor told me that only children and children who are the oldest generally speak earlier because they arent exposed to that baby language or sibling language they are only around adults but children with older siblings or parents who goo goo ga ga them speak later...not to say their development is poor by any means it just helps them speak faster but i dont think thats necessarily a bad thing because now i cant get my daughter to stop talking haha good luck though!

Nicole - posted on 06/14/2010

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My 16 month old is saying these: Mama, Dada, dog dog, woof woof, up, uh oh, oh no, hi, elmo, all done, baba, Nana, more and ball. I think that's all of them LOL

Melissa - posted on 06/13/2010

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My daughter Valora says only about seven words clearly but lately i have been doing some american sign language with her and it has increased her ability to communicate her needs to me. I was amazed at how quickly she picked up the signs and also began to associate the words i was saying as i was signing with her. Don't worry about your kid too much it sounds like she is right where she needs to be, listening to what you say to her!

Lucie - posted on 06/10/2010

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my daughter only says dada mom dog oy and shes 16 momths thats normal 4 them i m afraid

Allison - posted on 06/09/2010

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I would not worry. One day you will wake up and your baby will say everything you say. My son just turned 17 months and he says just about anything i ask him to. I was so worried about him not talking than all the sudden about two weeks ago he just started saying everything. We would ask him what something was and he would say it. He says about 20 words now. All babies learn on there own time.

Susan - posted on 06/07/2010

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My daughter is 16 months old too and she only says a few words but understands everything that I tell her, So, you shouldnt worry, I thought my daughter was behind but I think a couple words is what they should be saying. I also heard My baby can read is great but havent been able to afford it yet.

Jilla - posted on 06/06/2010

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My daughter has about 100 words but doesn't string them together to make many sentences yet. She can count to 10 and say half of her alphabet too. I think I finally unlocked / figured out how she learns (thru songs and by touching things) so that seems to be excelling things.

Fiona - posted on 06/06/2010

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my kid is bilingual, (English and Japanese) and she only says a few words by Japanese but in English she can say all the basic words of this age (mummy, daddy, animals, colours etc) and also she can count to 10 and sing the abc song. also she will tell me "wee wee" and "poo poo" when she needs to go to the toilet. I guess she has about 50 or 60 words in her english vocabulary, but only about 20 in Japanese. She is also starting to put two words together now. all kids are different though, and I have always been really pro-active in encouraging her english speech at home, so maybe thats why...

Valerie - posted on 06/05/2010

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my son is not saying many words clearly. we very clearly here no and stop, and quack quack when a duck is in veiw. but he is always saying things i cant comprhend.

Cassi - posted on 06/05/2010

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Mine only says mam and sometimes dada. She is trying to say more but hasn't figured it out yet. Don't worry. It will come

Rachael - posted on 06/04/2010

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My 16-month-old is saying at least 50 words we can understand but children develop at different rates--and older siblings seem to encourage earlier development? I read to him every night, he listens to music and I talk to him all day long about what I'm doing, point to things and tell him what they are called. I doubt you should worry. Ask your doctor whether you should be concerned. Make sure your baby had a newborn hearing evaluation. And get the book, "What to Expect:The toddler years." It gives you an idea of what kids may be doing at different ages.

Suzette - posted on 06/04/2010

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Kids do things on their own time, at their own rate. My daughter is almost 17 months old. She has about two hundred words and speaks in sentences, but that is VERY unusual for a child her age. She also started walking at 9 months -much earlier than lots of other kids we know. My brother has twins who are now teenagers, and they learned to walk and talk at very different ages. My niece walked and talked long before her twin brother. He didn't say much at all, actually, until he was about two-and-a-half. He's perfectly fine...he just did things at his own rate, and that's ok. If you're worried, you should ask your pediatrician. But keep in mind that comparing kids isn't really a good idea just because there's a vast amount of variation in the so-called "normal" range of development.

Terri - posted on 06/04/2010

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My daughter who will be 17 months on the 13th of this month has about a twenty-five word vocabulary but she did not start walking on her own until about a week and a half ago. Alot of people have told me inclusing the Dr. that children who advance faster in speech usually do not advance as fast physically. I am proud of my daughter everyday for all the new things she learns

Shannon - posted on 06/04/2010

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Hey Angela! I was at the pediatricians office on Monday with my 16 month old and she said that most 16 month olds are saying about 5 words. My son is lucky to get out 3. She said NOT TO WORRY. Children develop at different rates and that some children won't say much and then BAM...you can't shut them up! I am going to simply enjoy the few moments left before he has a full vocabulary or learns the word 'why'. Hee Hee!! :)

Melody - posted on 06/04/2010

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At her 12 month dr visit they asked if she is putting 2 words together!!! SERIOUSLY?!?! she does now at 16 months and the sentence is "hi dadda!" lol She can say momma, dadda, up, nannana (banana), yes, maw-maw, moo, duck, and a couple others. But that's about it.

Camille - posted on 06/04/2010

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Mine only says a few words, too, but she understands a lot. Most kids around this age seem to only be saying a few words. I wouldn't worry.

Christine - posted on 06/03/2010

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Most 16 month olds only say 3-5 words according to the doctors. She will talk when she is ready, most likely she is just observing and one day she will surprise you with sentences! ;) I woulnd't worry! My daughter is almost 17 months old and says somewhere close to 75 words and I just remember my doc being surprised at her 15 month check and saying that the norm is 3-5 words. So your baby girl i right on track! Best of luck to you all!

Jessica - posted on 06/03/2010

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My daughter will be 17 months old this month.. and she only says a few words also. she says cat, dog, mom, dada, and like one sentence.. I've seen all different kids tlking at different ages. so don't feel bad. it's normal. My daughter jibber jabs more than she acctually tlks. My daughter understands more than she actualy tlks. so don't worrie your child will get there soon it's just a matter of time.

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My daughter doesn't sound like she is saying much either. So what I started doing is using her sounds to make real words. She has since picked up the language better and actually started using small phrases. They are not real clear, but I know what she is saying, and you will know, too. I just repeat to her in a normal voice what I think she is saying so that she has practice hearing sounds and language properly.

Amanda - posted on 06/03/2010

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My son is only saying a few words as well but i think thats pretty normal for that age he says, mommy, daddy, dada, mama, doggie, dirty, uh oh, hi, bye bye, and bubbles. they learn at there own speed and will talk when they are ready..it looks as though most of our kids only say a few words.....

Alice - posted on 06/02/2010

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The only time that milestones are important are if you have a child who has been diagnosed with any kind of disabilities. Otherwise chill everyone! Kids all develop at their own rate - some develop faster physically and some develop faster mentally. As long as they are happy and loved, isn't that all that matters? Don't make the mistake of getting sucked into competitive parenting! Just enjoy the time with your babies - they grow way too fast!!

Sheraleigh - posted on 06/02/2010

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I agree with Alisha, my daughter also 16 months says only a had full of words, but certainly understands the meanings etc. I also wouldn't stress, enjoy it I say :P

Trish - posted on 06/02/2010

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Our 16 month old doesn't say anything other than mama!! I too am not too worried, but I am hoping that since we have started sending him to a dayhome with a 2 and 3 year old, that he will start soon.
He was a late bloomer too when it came to walking, but as soon as he started, he went from stumbling all over to running in a few days.

Chanel - posted on 06/02/2010

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my 16 month old son says; Hello,hi,ta,ta-ta(which means bye)mamma,dadda,grandma,grandpa,daph(his aunts name daphne)tiny and bella(our dogs names)na-na(sweeties)juice,poo-poo,mine,ouch,uh-oh,baby. He understands ALOT more though,he knows all his bodyparts. He can not say the words but when we ask him where his nose is he will show us(same with all his body parts). He also understands when u ask him to do something,like picking somthing up or throwing something away. PLus he loves books,he's got this book "my first 100 words" and when I sit with him and ask him to show me where the bananna is he points at it and so he does with all 100 of those pictures,if I ask him where 'this" is in the book he points at it. He also can do a few animal sounds,like if we ask him what sound a cow makes he says "moo". He can do the sound of cows,cats,dogs,ducks,lion,penguin,owl,snake,birds,pigs. But every child is different,just remember that,as long as she is saying a few words u have nothing to worry about.

Kylie - posted on 06/02/2010

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Our little girl also 16mnths is saying quite a few words but they will be used for a few days then she will stop - she also strings a few words together - where Max (our puppy), I can see it, what is it etc..she shocks me and my husband by paroting certain words and we are so afraid the F bomb will drop soon! My friends little boy is 14 months and he says nothing other than mama & dada...soon you little girl will start and not stop and and you will wonder why you asked for it!

Dora - posted on 06/02/2010

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I don't think it is anything to worry about. My 16 month old does not say much either. She does understand a lot and nods her head a lot when you ask her a yes or no question with a little sound. She says "mama", "dada", "bath", and sometimes I would think that I hear her say other words but I think it is just me wanting her vocabulary to grow. I know when my four year old started talking she did say a lot more words when she was 16months old. Each child is different. Let them work at their own pace. Your daughter is fine.

Rania - posted on 06/02/2010

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No need to worry!! My nephew will be 2 in August, and says VERY FEW words. But, my daughter, on the other hand talks like crazy. She says all sorts of words....mom, dad, thank you, more, you're welcome, hi, bye, ball, no, and many other words.... However, she didn't walk until a couple of weeks ago. Some children accel at one thing, and are slower at others. That's what makes them special. No-one can be the same.... God makes everyone different!

Kirsten - posted on 06/02/2010

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My 16 mo old daughter hardly says anything. Everything is DaDa. She will babble a lot of consonants (mamamamama, babababab, rararararara, nananannaa, lalalalala), but hasn't really put anything together yet. She understands everything we say, however. She crawled and walked early, and they say they either do one or the other. She is ahead of the curve on almost all of her development, except speaking. I'm not worried about it. I just figure she will speak when she is ready to. In the meantime, we are trying to make sure that we don't talk for her and make her at least say something when she points instead of just humming. If she knows that she HAS to speak to get something, I think she will be more likely to start doing it. In any event, kids will do things when they are ready to. There's no sense in rushing them.

Melody - posted on 06/02/2010

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My daughter says Mummy, Yummy, Daddy, Meow, Puss Tat and thank you. You shouldn't really have to worry. Every child is different and there really is no real basis on which children learn things.

Christine - posted on 06/01/2010

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Yeah my son says the basics, they aren't really expected to know that many words by now. Wen you sit and count them, they seem to be more than you think too. I think they focus on what they like or need the most right now. I've heard 2 year olds who's words were far and few between. I think by the time they are 2 1/2 and 3 is when you can worry if they aren't talking more clearly and understood.

Tiffani - posted on 06/01/2010

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My 1 month old daughter, Kylie, mostly repeats what we say.... or at least that is all we can understand! She talks our ears off sometimes, but we just smile and nod cause we don't know what she's saying :) Just like walking and every other milestone, every child is different. Nothing to be afraid of!!

Kristiana - posted on 06/01/2010

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Our 16-month-old can say quite a bit. The 30 words that I've kept track of are Apple, Doggie, Daddy, Mama, Cheers, Headbutt (grandparents taught her this but we are trying to unteach her), Nai Nai (milk in Cantonese), Mum Mum (food), Ball, Book, Please, Banana, Cheese, Yeh Yeh (grandpa), Ah-Ma (grandma on dad's side), Pau Pau (grandma on mom's side), Bobble (as in bobbleheads), Bubble, Blaze (our dog's name), Bau Bau (full/done eating), Hi, Bye, Up, Out, House, Eyes, Mouth, Ears, Hello (when playing with phones), Bird.
We talk to her a lot and so do the grandparents when they take care of her. She also likes picture books and pointing out the words she knows. Don't worry if you're baby's not vocal right now. I'm sure she's still taking in all the information and storing it in her brain and saving it for the near future.

Ntahli - posted on 06/01/2010

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My 16 months baby girl only can say: tata, (which is bye bye), and can say her name. But what Im happy about is she can understant instructions. So I think you shouldnt worry much though I used to worry but I learnt that children grow up differently.

Catherine - posted on 06/01/2010

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my 16 month old is now picking up most words, he moved on from mum dad etc and can now say pocket, juice), yogurt, biscuit, my aunt told him the wee bird outside was called frank so he runs about garden shouting ank! anything you say he tries to copy.
but my other son only had a few words by the age of twoo then within 4 weeks he was talkin in sentances and some of the words he knew was amazing, my friends boy is nearly 3 and his talkin is just starting to come on now with his talking, really it depends on the child and how much interaction they have in the day and also helps if when they want something you tell them the words and let them make an attempt at the word. DONT LET THEM SAY EHH AND POINT.

Abby - posted on 05/31/2010

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Mine wasn't saying a lot until recently...now in the past week she has started saying more...I think each child is different. I didn't really worry too much since my daughter understood concepts very well. Comb is for hair...toothbrush is for teeth...etc. I have heard some of the most intelligent people were late talkers. ♥

Brittany - posted on 05/31/2010

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my daughter only says a few words at a time so i wouldnt be worried i mean im a little worried but my sis is going to college and one of her teachers said buy the age of 2 they should be talking in sentence!

Kirsty - posted on 05/31/2010

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my daughter can say a few words, dada, mama, nana, ganda (grandad) where, dare, num num, shoe, dare, no, deer, where is it. some of these she has only said a few time tho. all children r different

Stephanie - posted on 05/31/2010

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My 16 month old says several words but then chooses when he wants to say them again. He has been talking a lot more lately and he has added his babysitter's name to his vocabulary. My dr told me that as long as he is babblling and getting words out they will all come at once and he will never stop talking.

Jehan - posted on 05/31/2010

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Our pediatrician told us not to worry. He said that most kids kind of have their own language right now, and as long as he follows simple commands (when he wants to), not to worry. My son only says Mama, Dada, Dog, and That. And only when he feels like it. Even if he is a late bloomer, it doesn't mean he won't ever talk

Sarah - posted on 05/31/2010

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since he turned 16months on the 28th oliver seems to be learning a new word everyday.

brick (bic) ba,two,three (1,2,3), gog (dog) pop - for a drink. poo,boo,dada,mama,nooo,uh-oh,ball,shoe,ooo ooo (choo choo-train) brum brum (car)



we keepencouraging him to repeat what we say. and it seems to be working.

Theresa - posted on 05/31/2010

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Well while I'm one of those parents who is not really concerned as to when my son speaks as I know he will in good time when he has something important to say. I would like to shed some light on the subject and why I've taken such a lax attitude in hopes that it helps ease some pressure you may be feeling.

For the record my son says Mom, Dad, Ba ba (bottle) and Out on a very regular basis but thats it. He has said lots of other words for a couple of days and they never again repeated them. But as for his understanding...he understands just about everything I say from stop, sit down please, move back from the tv, don't touch, that's hot, open the door, get your shoes, and the list goes on... I believe this to be because I explain in words EVERYTHING WE DO. I tell him let's get dressed and every item we put on him, sometimes including his body parts we put them on. I say what we do and when we do it. And studies assure me that in good time this will definitely pay off! He will eventually approach a moment in his development when everything will click and all his stored knowledge will make sense and he will be able to apply it.

A study from Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania and Dr Alan Slater, a reader in psychology at Exeter University found similar results in studies:
This is a complex area but what they are claiming has to be true. If you had infants who were not given any encouragement when they are speaking then their language development would be delayed."

He said providing infants with feedback is the best way to ensure they learn to speak when they are supposed to.

Dr Slater said: "The best advice is to provide infants with a lot of verbal feedback and to talk to children in a manner that is called infant directive speech.

Infant directive speech means the here and now. Explain to them everything involving their daily lives.

Lastly, as my sister (mother of three) says don't encourage them...once you do they'll never STOP! Hahahahhaa ;) But really, we all want to see the best for our children and really can't wait to hear their little voices and to hear what they are really thinking...it will all come in good time, so have patience and feel blessed with the baby you have and the developments they made thus far!

Stephanie - posted on 05/30/2010

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My 16 month old has a wide vocabulary....probably at least 35 words now!! She was a early talker though. All children are different. There's a few children at my daughter's daycare that are over age 2 and only say a few simple words. She even says 3-4 word sentences now too :)

Jess - posted on 05/30/2010

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I have had 16 month olds with only two or three words and my current 16 month old who easily has a vocab of 30 words +. As they get older it all evens out. My "late bloomer" now won't stop talking and at 2.5 years uses three syllable words on a regular basis!! They all develop at their own rate. Just read and talk to her lots and enjoy spending time with her - that does more than anything.

Krysteena - posted on 05/30/2010

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well mine is saying 35-40 dont worry i know 3yr olds not saying much kids just do things on there own time get your baby can read it works its not to high in price

Rebecca - posted on 05/30/2010

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My 16 month old is my youngest of 5 and he says only a few words. Daddy, momma, and the word "that". That's it, lol. But, he is right on track, as normal as all my other kids were. So, your little one is doing fine too.

Terri - posted on 05/30/2010

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my 16 month old only says dada and oof while perching his lips! i was really worried about it 2 but was told to wait a while before checkin it out! hes also walkin four months and constantly tripping and has his fingers in his ears so have been told his ears could be affecting his balance! i'm told he'll develop when hes ready but no doctor understands why im worried.

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