not talking

Jill - posted on 12/02/2009 ( 25 moms have responded )

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my 18 month old twins have been on track with pretty much everything, Crawling at 7 months, walking at 11 months. But They dont say anythng really, they babble like theres no tomorrow and i always read and talk to them. I am starting to get worried

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Jessica - posted on 02/05/2010

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My 19 month old twins were beginning to worry me with there lack of words. In the last month they really have increased the amount of words they say, although they still don't call me Mommy, which bothers me! I've also just put them in daycare a couple days a week, which I think has helped alot being around other kids who talk. I think each kid develops at there own rate and they will start talking when they are ready!!

Brandi - posted on 02/05/2010

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in my opinion its never good to compare one child to another, siblings or other children. they are sensitive to our underlying stresses & anxieties. our daughter didnt sit up until 7mos, crawled at 10mos & walked at 14mos. just as we do, they develope at their own pace. when i introduced her to the potty at 15mos we would sit & read for 20-30 minutes a time all throughout the day, she didnt watch childrens shows until just a few weeks ago either, the spoken language, interaction with another person, makes sense to me that it would be more effective. tv encourages being still & watching/listening, not communicating. her communication & vocabulary grows by leaps & bounds everyday. i guess what im trying to say is that it seems if we show confidence in their developement whether it 2mos behind so & so or not then instead of fretting, we'll be more able to celebrate each stage as it comes :o)

Arleta - posted on 02/03/2010

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My son just turned 19 months, and he is not talking either. I think that all children do things in their own time. Just be happy that they are happy.
And, the pediatricians don't always know everything!

Angela - posted on 02/02/2010

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HI Jill, I also have 19 month old twin boys who are pretty much doing the same thing as yours. They seem to have their own little bit of babble between the two of them but don't say anything other than "down" and "bus". Ours crawled at 9 months and walked at 13 months but they are quite big. They seem to understand everything we say though!

Cassandra - posted on 02/02/2010

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you cant compare. They will do things on their own time. I have a niece who is six months older then my daughter and all I did was compare, but they each did their own things at different stages in life. It stressed me out big time! And Im now a mother of three and none of my kids talked at 18 months and they are all still on schedule.
But if they are babbling like there is no tomorrow now watch out because once they do start talking they will talk non-stop! LoL
Take a breath, relax and enjoy. Everything is just fine!:)

Amy - posted on 02/02/2010

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I have a almost 20 month old who does not say a whole lot. She is definitely a babbler but only about 10-15 actual words most of them being people's names. What is important is whether or not they understand what you say to them. I am not a doctor but that is what I was told. Some children just wait until they feel ready to talk.

VANESSA - posted on 02/01/2010

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turn the tv off and speak to them slowly and clearly and after awhile they will start repeating you my son is talking much better now that i do it with him everyday for 10 mins every other hour good luck

Michelle - posted on 01/31/2010

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My 19 month old twin boys have been a little slower starting on a few things. They seem to switch back and forth with doing new things! For example my lil man started with the dadadadadada early on around 5 months old or so. When my big guy started it my lil stopped! They don't say much at the moment but my experience with kids is that they are all different! Once they do start talking fully, I'm sure they won't shut up...so enjoy the little bit of quiet you have left! lol

Myrtis - posted on 01/05/2010

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It doesn't matter what they say, it does matter what they understand though. If they understand you (can follow instruction or "answer" a question), they relax and don't worry it will happen. My eldest talked at one year, my second at 2 and a half and my third is starting now at 18 months (just some words), so anything goes when it comes to language acquisition. Ask your pediatrician, but don't worry. :)

Danielle - posted on 01/01/2010

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My 18th month old daughter doesnt STOP talking,lol...she can count up to 8 and make all the animal noises and names and has started putting words together and say sentences.



but my daughter didnt walk till she was 15and a half months old!!!!!!!!....

Im NOT posting this to make you feel worried or bad.....wat i want to ge across is that every child is different and progresses at different rates and reaches mildstones at different times. I tthink its not till they are roughly 3 or 4 that children should have roughly the same development progress.



So i think you have NOTHING to worry about for a while yet :)....just keep reading and talking to them.

I am a single mum living on my own so i talk to my daughter non-stop,lol..and i dont talk to her like a baby,lol..half the time i just have a convo with her ( although she prob doesnt understand half of wat i say,lol) and reading is a GREAT thing 2 :)....i read my daughter the same book every night b4 bed and change the book onc a week. But she also wants me to read her heaps of books throughout the day,lol..



if there is still no talking my 2, then maybe go c your doctor?

Good luck, i am sure that u will soon b wanting them to STOP talking and u will b wishing for the time when they were quiet,lol.

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hi. my soon to be 19month is not talking either. my education and experience tell me he is okay and to wait it out, but my education and experience and being a mom tell me to get things checked out. if your pediatrician or family doctor are not on board with you, go it alone. i am having his hearing checked and i have spoken with the hospital in my area regarding speech and language assessments and therapy - he is now on a waiting list. children develop at their own pace and differently from each other, but, you know your own children and should trust your instincts. do they understand you when you talk - receptively? go get your shoes - and they get them? give daddy a hug - and they do it? check for thier other milestones - it helps to relieve some of the worry. good luck.

Amanda - posted on 12/30/2009

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My son is 18 months old and he too doesn't talk. He says about 8-10 words that I can understand. My daughter knew her ABC's by the time she was 18 months old. I was a little concerned about it until I took him for his 18 months checkup. The doctor asked me if he said at least 3 words, which he does. She said that he was right on track. I think that his sister talks so much that he just listens and soaks it in. Plus, she talks a lot for him. I wouldn't worry about it too much:)

Jennifer - posted on 12/30/2009

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my son wsa only saying a few word but had alot of ear infections. they put tubes in and took out his tonsils. and his speech had picked up ALOT! he was having problems hearing. Same thing with my daughter.. she is getting tubes on the 12!

Amanda - posted on 12/30/2009

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I wouldn't worry too much. I'm sure twins have a way of communicating with each other that satisfies them for now. Once they start to realize the benefits of communicating with you they will start to progress faster. One thing I did with my daughter is sign. We used just a few to start (more, eat, and all done). She also loves a set of flash cards (Baby Sign Language Basics by Monta Briant) that we go through, mostly just saying what they are not necessarily even signing them. I also require her to "say" what she wants before I give it to her just to get her to practice. Even if the word sounds nothing like what its suppose to she understands that speaking is the appropriate way to communicate, not pointing, grunting, or whining. Good luck!

Rebecca - posted on 12/30/2009

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my son isn't really talking yet either. lots and lots of babble. he says a few words. no, mama, dada, uh-oh. he does a lot better with singing and so the doctor said that was a good sign (cause i was starting to get worried) but he sings-a-long to abc, twinkle twinkle and can do the had motions to itsy bitsy spider. she said for me to chill and enjoy the relative peace and quiet why i had it available, that soon i'd be wondering why i was in such a hurry. don't worry i'm anxious for better talking too. like more... and please :)

Kaula - posted on 12/29/2009

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i have 18 month old twin boys to and they do their babble to, they know some words but most of the words theyve only said once and thats all besides hi they say it all the time, but the youngest one had a cleft palate and he had surgery on it in april and his speech therapist told us that with twins their will be a delay, they wont learn as fast as a single baby would cause they depend on eachother alot..but dont be worried it will happen..u can always talk to their doctor and get some advice from thm, and see what they say..but im not concerned about mine at all..it will happen in a matter of time..

Holly - posted on 12/28/2009

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Im sory if I repeat. I didnt read the replies (getting ready for bed!) My 18mo old doesnt say words (well, mamama, dadada, bababa, papapa, more like babble) but nothing else. I tought him signs for 'please' 'thank you' and 'more', and he communicates well. Its made things easier in the mean time. Finally today he said cookie (cookcoo) and stop (a loud stern "SSop" so, some kids are late talkers! Give it time. 1 month ago I had a speech therapist over just to see what they said: "its early, he could be saying more, but he doesnt qualify for services, see us in 4 months if it doesnt get better!" 4 months!!! So at 2, if he doesnt talk, bring it up to his/her dr.

Kristen - posted on 12/28/2009

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my son only says dada...and just started saying mama...i dnt think he even knows that we are dada and mama...lol...and he also babbles like crazee...he takes the phone and has a whole conversation w/ himself....no need to worry...im not...xxoo

Melissa - posted on 12/08/2009

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my daughter says a few words. her vocab is starting to grow but its not like other kids i know her age. we talk to her allthe time and she will repeat words and then when you try to get her to say it again she looks at you and smiles, like haha im not saying it again because you want me to. she goes to the dr in a few days for her 18 month check up and im sure if its an issue the dr will let me know what to do next, but i think overall she is getting the hang of it.

Lynette - posted on 12/08/2009

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my so babbles alot still but he has an ok selection of words, other than Mummy and daddy, we have Hello, Love , Nose, and he makes up his own Name for people who come to stay for any lenght of time , we are working on getting him to say Oupa for Christmas as my husbands grandad ( oupa ) is coming to stay

Michelle - posted on 12/07/2009

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My son is 17 months and does not speak either. He does understand everything but does not want to say words. I talked to my pediatrician, and we set up to have a speech therapist some it. It may seem a little early and pre-mature, but I would rather give him that little push he needs now, then wait till he gets older. Children will qualify for the early intervention program by your county up till the age of three. After that they do not qualify. It can't hurt to give them a little push, It can only make them stronger speakers.

Kathryn - posted on 12/05/2009

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Twins have their own language!!! Lots of twins are slower verbaly. They can communicate with eachother and, to them, that is all that matters. I worked with 2 people, one had a set of twins and the other triplets. They both had speech services which helped a lot. Perfectly normal though. My friend also has twing girls, they didn't do speech services but it took them longer to talk too.

Ellen - posted on 12/04/2009

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Don't stress about it too much. :) Every baby moves at their own pace. My oldest was talking in sentences at 15 months, but my second was too busy getting into things to bother talking until closer to 20 months. My 18 month old has a few words, but he's very good at communicating what he wants without speaking. Plus, he has his sisters to do the talking for him! Talk to your doc if you're concerned, but I worked with a lot of speech tharapists (pre-kids), and usually unless kids were over age 2 with no words, it wasn't really a concern.

Amy - posted on 12/04/2009

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My 18 month old isn't talking yet but he sure knows how to get across what he wants! They will start talking soon enough! Enjoy the babble :)

Amanda - posted on 12/02/2009

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i felt the same with my girls .... they dont talk much at all but crawling, walking etc was all pretty spot on ...... i was only at the doctors 2day actually for their 18mnth needles and asked then if i should be concerned ........ he asked if they seemed to speak to each other in bable ..... which they do ..... and if they say at least a couple of words ... they do , so he said not to worry bout it for now .... give it a couple more months and if things havnt changed at all the he'll give me a referal .

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