how many words does your 16 month old ....

Erin - posted on 10/29/2008 ( 41 moms have responded )

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Just wondering what the other 16 month olds are saying, mine is only saying ball, mama, bubba, baby, dada, ....



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Don't even give it a second thought! My first son MIGHT have said one word, GO, at 16 months. He's totally fine though...now he's 3 and having conversations. My second one says about 75 words, which I didn't even think was possible when I had only one kid!!! It's crazy how different they can be, but I think it has a lot to do with having a sibling.

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Gina, that is funny that you say that about waiting until they can say things perfectly until they spit them out. Now that I think about it, before Ella ever said "dada" out loud, she would whisper it to herself. After weeks of whispering to herself, she finally said it out loud. I forgot about that, and that would explain her not using any other words.

She also isn't walking on her own yet. She will walk around the house all day long holding our hands or onto furniture, but she just won't let go. I think it is just her personality that she won't do something until she absolutely, positively certain she has it right.

This is all terribly funny to me because her mommy is (ahem) somewhat of a perfectionist. Thanks for that perspective; I get frustrated that she is taking her time with these things!

Crystal - posted on 11/10/2008

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I have been wondering the same thing.....this is my 2nd child & I can't seem to remember what they are "suposed" to be doing at each age. But my daughter doesn't say any sentences. But start making a list of the words your child sayes & I think you will be surprised at what your child does say. I have a 4 year old nephew whom you cannot understand a word he sayes.....so I guess it worries me that my child will end up like him & it scares me to death. I think that talking will be here before we know it!

Gina - posted on 11/10/2008

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All babies are different. My first son was saying only a few words at 16 months, but my little girl seems to have a huge vocabulary. Don't worry about it... he probably knows the words but just isn't saying them yet. I've heard an expression that some kids wait until they can say the words perfectly before spouting them out.

Corey - posted on 11/10/2008

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My little guy is also a mockingbird - trys to say everything I ask him to. However, his playmate, who is 22 months old, doesn't say much at all. In fact, I'm not sure I've ever heard him talk. He doesn't even speak jibberish.



His mom - my friend - has mentioned it before, worried that he's not talking. I tell her every child is different and that he'll come around, but is there a magic age at which doctors become concerned if a toddler isn't speaking? Should she be worried.

Elyse - posted on 11/10/2008

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My 17-month-old vsays way more words than my 2-year-old sister. However, my sister walked earlier than my daughter. It all depends on the baby. Also, my fiance and I encourage talking more than we encouraged walking.

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We have been narrating life for her ever since she was a tiny baby, but she still hasn't caught on. We also say "there's the phone, hello?" She knows to put the phone up to her ear, she's been doing that for months, but she doesn't really try very hard for the verbal part. I guess she tries to say "hello" but it is really a stretch, you would have no idea what she is saying if she didn't have a phone up to her ear. It definitely has helped with her vocabulary recognition, she just hasn't made much effort to verbalize it herself.

Becky - posted on 11/10/2008

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It's so true that all babies are different. Mine says about 20-25 words. But, I've learned that if I keep saying something, like when the phone rings I will say "there's the phone, hello!" and now she says phone and hello whenever it rings. She also will say hello when I put the phone to her ear. And, I got a Baby Einstein video, which I never really would watch til recently and it's got all kinds of words for things around the house. She doesn't really "watch" it, like actually sit down and watch it but I'll put it on and do things with her. Like say the words and point to things. She's really catching on to different things around the house though. It's called Wordsworth.

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Our 16 month old daughter really doesn't say any recognizable words at all (except of course dadda and mamma). A lot of "aahhhhhhh" and jibber jabber. She definitely recognizes many words, and she points at things all day long asking us what they are. When we ask her where is the clock, cat, shoes, ball, etc. she can identify them. And she LOVES to read her books! She will ask us to read 5 or more books at each sitting, some of them twice. So I'm not too worried, I know she is getting a healthy exposure to vocabulary.

I agree that they use language when they need to use it. If they communicate well without words, they won't use them. I will take the suggestion I saw here and encourage her to use her words instead of just responding to her visual cues.

Jennifer - posted on 11/09/2008

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My 16 month old is saying mama, papa, mina (which means any type of food), chat, she's been saying chat since before she was a year old...we have 2 cats, and a few other words. Right now she seems to be speaking her own language, baby babble, but it's really funny. We answer her "oh really? Are you serious, tell me more!"

I was beginning to wonder if she should be saying more at this age but I remember back to when my nephew was visiting last Xmas from France, he was 17 1/2 months old at the time and he wasn't saying much more than my daughter is now. My daughter is also learning 2 languages, my husband speaks French and I speak English, I'm hoping this doesn't mess her up...

Katie - posted on 11/09/2008

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My son is saying dada, doggie, thank you, right there, there go.... but not a whole lot else. He understands a lot more. If we ask him a question or tell him to do *or not do* something, he usually responds like he understands... I read that they're supposed to be at 50 words by 18 months and that's got me worried! I know every kid is different but he seems a little behind.

Lisa - posted on 11/08/2008

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Oh, I know how you feel. When is it time to worry. My oldest son, now almost 6, and my middle son now almost 3, both developed differently. I have been through so many early interevention speech therapy sessions, that basically, if your little one is making lots of different sounds, and always adding new ones then you are on the right track. Those sounds will eventually form words that are recognizable. If you still need reassurance, consult you peds dr. and find out a plan that will ease your concerns. If there is any issues, find out as soon as possible and take serious actions to help your little one. My middle guy, Ryan has a serious speech delay, no hearing issues, just behind on talking. He has made great strides in communicating, starting with sign language and now forming new words , that we can understand, alot more than if we waited. I hope this helps and good luck.

Danielle - posted on 11/08/2008

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cutest thing ever when your kid says i love you for the first time... for the first little while amelia would only say lub you daddy... but now she lubs everything :( lol she lubs window, and puppy, and fwowie. (*flower) i think daycare might help alot, but not in all cases. my nephew was in daycare and he's 4 now and still slow with his speach. an my daughter has never really been around kids her age... she has a few aunties that are 10-13 years old... and a cousin a year older then her. but since we moved out of town she hasnt had too too much interaction with kiddies her age.

Erin - posted on 11/07/2008

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yes, I did forget to mention that he does make a "barking sound" for puppy, and he also does the vroooom vroooom sound for cars, oh and in the last few days he has started saying"ssssss" for pacy(pacifier) and "ssssss" for sissy! I am trying to teach him thank you and love you!

Stephenie - posted on 11/07/2008

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my pediatrician told me the other day not to worry if she can understand simple requests at this stage. he said that she is probably not talking because she is not in daycare. maybe talking jibber jabber with others is helpful for speech development! i was worried about this, too. good to hear the other replies (except for the "mine talks like crazy"! makes me feel bad!

Lisa - posted on 11/07/2008

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It is very individualized! However, I do find that many children do delay their verbalization when they are not forced to use it. Many people will automatically get what their child wants when they point or to stop them from crying instead of teaching them to "ask" . Sign language has been very helpful with our two children.

Katy - posted on 11/07/2008

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Posted by Susan Wagoner (about 1 week ago)



My Claire, born 6/4/07,



My baby's also a Claire born 4th June 07 (my Birthday as well)

she is a chatter box!

Brenda - posted on 11/07/2008

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I almost forgot that my 16 mo. old also says "vrooooooom" for motorcycle! It's too cute!

Candace - posted on 11/07/2008

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My son Hunter, 17 months on Nov. 9th, says: dada, but no mama yet =( , baba (bottle), doggie, hello, and piggie..



he also makes lots of animal noises like horses, pigs, dogs, cats, and his newest one is to make a elephant noise while using his arm as a trunk LOL

Erica - posted on 11/07/2008

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my 17 month old isn't really saying anything...alot of babbling. he will try to say mama, dada, but only when we ask him too. he doesn't talk on his own.

Danielle - posted on 11/07/2008

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hi margaret. sounds like your lil boy is doing just fine. on most of the development and milestone sites i've checked 5-10 words is more then enough for an 18 month old... never mind a 17 month old. i'm sure your child is perfectly normal. :) my 16 month daughter is a little chatter box, but i'm currently 24 weeks pregnant with my second baby and i'm imagining he or she wont speak near as much as my girl.

thats the weirdest thing for me to wrap my head around, not only am i going to have ANOTHER baby.. but i'm going to have a DIFFERENT baby... but thats a whole other thread. anyways... yay for toddlers :)

Becca - posted on 11/07/2008

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Well my son is starting to put a couple of two word sentences together like thank you.

Margaret - posted on 11/07/2008

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ok my son Jake is 17 months and it worries me sometimes that he is not talking much,,My sister had her daughter 4 weeks before I ahd Jake and she is saying so so much,,I know shes older and I know girls are different but he only says about 10 words and not all are clear,we just know what he is saying.he understands alot more than he speaks so maybe I am worrying for nothing or maybe I am just comparing him to Layla(my niece) and I know I shouldnt be doing that...Cos he is too perfect and cute ....

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Mine points to stuff he wants and says "dat". He occassionally says mama or dada but mostly "dat". My pediatrician said that if his vocabulary didn't increase by his 18 mos. checkup that we would have to seek some therapy. I have been through speech therapy and it isn't bad at all. I think yours is on the right track though.

Brenda - posted on 11/05/2008

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My son Riley doesn't say many words that we can understand, but he talks A LOT! He says: mama, dada, go, ca (for cup), and he's starting to say nonni (my mother in law). All babies are different and advance in different areas at different times. I'm not too worried b/c he understands everything, loves to read and sing!

Alison - posted on 11/05/2008

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My Cole has never wanted to be a baby so I'm not sure if his verbage is normal or not but he does seem to talk a lot more than most of his playmates! I've also noticed he's not afraid to talk to anyone that will listen and he seems to get a little frustrated when the other kids act like they don't know what he's saying. His fav word is NO, but he can say Grandaddy, Granmommy, momma or mommy (depending the mood) daddy, sit, banana, school, elmo, book, cow, dog, cat, bird, bath, hey, byebye, bed, sleep, nite nite, bankie(his blanket my mom made) juice, cup, eat, he can say please in sign and vocally but he uses the sign more, thanks, yes ma'am, no ma'am, eye, nose, teeth, feet, hand, boo boo, go, stop, see you later is another fav he uses when he's leaving, ball, I think he started saying something he's probably heard his daddy say when he's visiting him "shit" but we're working on that! All babies are different but I've chosen to speak to my son as a child and not use baby tones or language. It seems to work for us oh and lately his favorite thing to say is Cheeto! I know it's not healthy but he loves them so as a special snack I let him have some and he will look up at the pantry and say momma cheeto and then scratch his chest in the please sign and I just melt!!

Patricia - posted on 11/05/2008

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My son Luke has very few words: mama, dada, uh-oh, ball, and bye. He understands a lot more. He has 3 older siblings along with neighborhood kids who are around him constantly and do things for him. I think that is hindering him.

Helen - posted on 11/05/2008

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Amelie has quite a few "understandable" words now, but also a number that only she knows the meaning of! Her current favourite is "oh dear" whenever she drops anything or knocks over her blocks which is really funny. My health visitor says that any sound that they consistently make for the same thing, even if it's not a "real" word counts, so the fact that she calls her teddy "bebby" counts as a word.

Suzanna - posted on 11/05/2008

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My daughter says some words, but more sounds than words, like "mmmm" for cow. She also signs a LOT! I have been signing with her since she was pretty little. I have seen some different videos, but our favorites are the Signing Time videos! They are awesome! She signs over 50 words. She picks it up even better when I put a word with the sign, like "psssshhh" for shower. I don't think she'd be talking as much as she does if it wasn't for the signing. The website for the videos is www.signingtime.com. There are some at our library. Maybe check yours to see if there are any at yours.

User - posted on 11/03/2008

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My son is 16 months and says mama, this, that, nigh for night and gen for again. Those are the only words that we are sure of the meaning. He even calls his dad mama.

Erin - posted on 11/03/2008

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oh I forgot about uh-oh and hi, and now he is trying to say hot and bath. It's really cute, even though he doesn't say a whole lot, he knows exactly what I am saying. I really love this age, they are so adorable!

Andrea - posted on 11/03/2008

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I agree with the other posters. They will talk when they want to and each child is just so different. My daughter was born 5 weeks early. While she talks alot for her age..she was behind in walking and some other things. Right now she says uh-oh, baby, mom, daddy, dog, up, down, byebye, cook (meaning cookie or cracker) and we do some baby signs for the word more and milk. She shakes her head no and understands if I ask her to come over and give me a kiss or hug.

Colette - posted on 11/03/2008

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My 17 month old is only saying about the same as yours. She understands when I ask her to go get her cup or give momma hugs etc. I have a feeling she's just waiting for the right moment LOL

Paula - posted on 11/03/2008

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Shelbie talks all day long, but she is the only one who understands! Her main words are mama, daddy, bubba, bottle, no, bye-bye, uh-oh, hi, nana, mana (aunt amanda), and Cyle (her baby brother). Everything else is just garble, but she loves to talk.

Erin - posted on 10/31/2008

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thanks for all the replies! I gues they talk when they are ready...I have never thought anything was wrong, just curious about others his age!

Erica - posted on 10/31/2008

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One of my twins, Dylan, says Mama, dada, eat, sit, no, some names, papa....hes a mockingbird! Carter, on the other hand, says Ma, mama, mommy, or mom repeatedly but not much else. He can say dada and thats all he really says. However, Dylan refuses to walk and Carter is all over the place so their strengths in learning are completely different. One is very physical and one is very cognitive.

Randi - posted on 10/31/2008

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I agree that babies are all different. My son is saying everything we say (uh oh) and he likes to repeat words at the end of the sentences in books we read him. He has a pretty big vocab for a baby, and people are always surprised because they typically associate girls with bigger vocabularies at early ages.

Susan - posted on 10/31/2008

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My Claire, born 6/4/07, just had 3 "words" at her 15 month well baby. Mommy, Daddy and Uh Oh. She has added some others the past few weeks. Puppy was her fourth and embarrassingly, Bob, for Spongebob was her 5th. :-D (She has 2 older sisters.) She just added Ball and Me (for Mickey or Minnie Mouse). We also do some baby signs. Please is the best one. :) Fish and frog and dog are super fun ones. :) My 1st daughter was an early talker (saying the full ABC's clearly at 18 months) and my 2nd daughter was a late talker (almost got therapy, but waited it out and she was fine.) It all comes, I promise! :)

Karen - posted on 10/29/2008

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Hey! My Libby doesn't say a lot. She does say mama, da (for dad and granddad), ba for bottle, knock knock, barney, please, bye, hi, ball, me, kitty, maestro (our cat), mollie....amoung others. Other wise it is a bunch of jibber jabber

Erin - posted on 10/29/2008

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wow, that's alot! I can remember my daughter was the same way, which I think girls are normally more advanced in this stage.....but thanks for sharing, and hopefully my little one will start speaking instead of yelling and pointing for the things he wants!

Danielle - posted on 10/29/2008

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babies are all soo different!

my aunts son is 21 months old now and he doesnt even have close to as many words as my 16 month old. she's just generally a chatty baby.

i actually wrote out a list the other day of the words my daughter is saying... off the top of my head i came up with 50 words... i dont think this is quite normal, but who knows what normal is!



mama, dada, daddy, happa(uncle's name is happy), yaya (name for gramma) oma(name for other gramma) babba, cheese, pickle, olive, chocolate :P, kitty, cat, puppy, sadie(her dog), chair, night night, monkey, bear, owl, toys, more, bath, bubbles, hat, pretty, eye, nose, teeth, hair, window, flower, boo, book, read, baby, i love you, moocow, hello, byebye, bus, me, aunty, please, thank you, boot, banana, tomato, feet, piggies, hand, arm, head.....

lol theres probably more.. its like shes got a new word every day.

oh ya... this week were trying to get her to say trick or treat... appropriately! it kinda sounds like "kick or teet" lol whatever... its cute!



and her favorite word is no. :S

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