Lots of babble, but not many words......

Denise - posted on 10/29/2009 ( 17 moms have responded )

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My daughter babbles to me all day long, but only speaks a few words that I can understand. She can say hi, mama, daddy, meow, baba, and her favorite word, NO! I try not to compare her to other kids her age but of course I can't help it! Anyone elses little one still not speaking alot?

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my son only says 'dadadadada' on and on all day - nothing else - not even NO! He understands lots of phrases, but doesn't say anything back to me! My husband didn't talk until he was almost 3, my son's cousins didn't speak until 2 1/2 and I have cousins that didn't speak until they were about 3 (my cousins are now students at Harvard and Johns Hopkins - so I guess I won't start worrying yet!)

Fiza - posted on 11/15/2009

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My son is 16 months old ans hasn't even said his first words yet.....he seems to be hearing just fine, likes to be around children and started walking by himself at 10 months. But he has no siblings and is mostly alone with me most of the day.....my doctor has said that if he doesn't say anything by the time he's 18 months, we'll have to run some tests on him and that makes me extremely uncomfortable!

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Elisa - posted on 11/16/2009

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My son babbles all the time. He was saying up at six words but now he mainly says "mama' and "right there" thats about it.

Jaime - posted on 11/15/2009

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my we man doesnt say alot but is well ahead in other milestones he already knows when his nappy needs a change he will bring me a nappy or his wipes he will wash himself if he cant reach something he will grab his we still so he can and lots of other stuff

Ldoo - posted on 11/12/2009

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Do any of you use signs? My daughter speaks 40-plus words (not that they're all clear), and I wonder if signing helps. She'd start with the sign and move on to the word, for things like more, all done, help and mine. I think that maybe helped springboard her into saying more words without the signs. Just a thought.
She also will sign for milk or water, but not say them. But at least we're communicating.

Trish - posted on 11/11/2009

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Hey! they all do stuff at their own pace, they often know alot more words than they can actually say. Daniel is talking loads but I remember his brother didnt say more than a couple at this age. They all even out, and as someone quite rightly said once they start they dont stop! enjoy the peace!!

Tiffany - posted on 11/09/2009

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My son is almost 16 months old and only says mama, dada, dog, and ball. Which he had alot alot of medical problems, like he couldn't even sit up by hisself until he was like 8 months old.

Amanda - posted on 11/08/2009

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Well, I can tell you this...By eighteen months old most children but not all children can say 8-10 words. That does include mama, dada ex...By age two, most are putting words together in crude sentences such as "more milk." There is a website you can go to and take a test to see if your chlid is to standard or not. I honestly think your little one is fine just threw personal experience. you can go to http://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/voice/sp...

If you read through it you can see if your little one is to standard or not. =0) hope this helps,

Denise - posted on 11/05/2009

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Thank you everyone. I know I shouldn't worry too much about these things but I can't help but compare her to other kids her age! I know she understands a lot and I can see her trying to say new words every day so I will keep working with her :)

Carla - posted on 11/02/2009

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My son doesnt say many words yet either, he says mama, dada, sometimes bye bye, and sometimes hi thats about it. His doctor said at his 15 month check up that they should say between 5-10 words but he said 4 was ok, he is on the right track. I have recently started to try to teach him simple things like truck, book, doggie, etc. He does babble alot and points at things but he does have an older sister who talks alot for him, I'm sure this is part of his problem. I'm not worried b/c he listens pretty well and understands what you say to him. I wouldnt worry to much about it, many children learn at their own pace and quickly catch on.

Amy - posted on 11/02/2009

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My daughter's pediatrician, at her 15 month appointment, stated this: "Children develop at their own pace. If at 18 months, she has not learned 4 new words, then I would worry about her verbal skills." Within a week of her appointment, my babbling little girl learned 2 new words I'd been saying to her for 6 months. Fiona Ryanne is growing fast, and her verbal skills were my only concern. She understands more than she says, and she's doing great! She's got 3 more months to learn 2 more words, and I think she'll do just fine. Just keep trying, and talking with her at every opportunity! My daughter knows 20 words in sign language and only about 10 in English- but she still gets her point across! Blessings to you, I hope things work out for you!

Sarah - posted on 10/31/2009

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My son only babbles with no words at all, I plan on asking his doctor about it at his 15 appointment in a couple days.

Pam - posted on 10/31/2009

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Our doctor recommended getting flash cards and showing them to our daughter. We have started trying to get her to at least make a sound when pointing to what she wants. She will say things when we don't ask her too but won't say the word when we ask.

Pia - posted on 10/30/2009

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Hi Denise,

I wouldn't worry too much that your daughter isn't saying many words. My son only says about 10-11 words, but he can understand so much more. Your daughter is probably just listening to everything, trying to develop the words in her brain first.

I've been reading a fair bit of information online on the development of language, and most of it says that by 18 months your baby will be able to understand a lot, but not necessarily be able to say a lot of individual words. Six words at her age is pretty darn good.

When I see other babies my son's age who speak more then him, I just remind myself that he is miles ahead of them in other milestones. It makes me feel a lot better:)

Hind - posted on 10/30/2009

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My daughter does the same thing, she babbles a whole lot but doesn't say that many words...daddy, mama, bye bye. I was worried about her cause her older sister, who is 4 was talking much earlier and had a much bigger vocabulary at this age. It's really hard not to compare them. But she does understand a lot of what I tell her and she tries to repeat words that I say to her. I guess different kids develop at different rates.. just need to be patient, relax and have fun

Denise - posted on 10/30/2009

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Thanks Heather! Ava is an only child and isn't around other kids very much. She LOVES to talk on the phone, and even pretends to hold one up to her ear and talk!



I will continue working with her and like my sister says "Once they start talking they don't shut up!" she's a mother of three under the age of 5.

Heather - posted on 10/30/2009

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My son is the same way..he will babble alot, but doesnt say many words. He is 16 mo and he will say momma, dadda, and a few other small words. I keep trying with him, I taught him to say doggy, froggy, blankie, and bobba. I wouldnt worry too much about it though, my nephew didnt start talking till he was almost 3, the doctors told my sister that only children without older siblings dont talk as much, also that if they want something and just point then you give it to them without making them say the word then they feel like they dont need to talk. My son loves the phone also, if his nana is on the phone i put it on speaker and give it to him and he will babble to her for a while, but atleast hes trying. Just keep working with her, she will talk in her own time. Try to make her say things when she wants something, like blankie, cup, and other stuff. Eventually shell get the hint. My son wont always say what he wants, but it takes time. Good luck

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