How much/often is your 18 month old talking

Stef - posted on 11/30/2010 ( 38 moms have responded )

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My 18 month old talks but we usually have to ask her too first?

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Anita - posted on 12/01/2010

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LOL the pediatrician says my son, also 18 month should be saying at least 3-10 words. Mama, dada, is all he says. He still really into pointing a grunting. But he understand a lot. If you ask him to point to the ball he does.

Kacena - posted on 12/12/2010

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Try your baby can read....have been doing this with r daughter since 4 months and she is very advanced for her age....most times she wants u to read to her not play toys....speaks very clear....

Deanna - posted on 12/09/2010

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My daughter who is almost 19 months old doesn't really talk but at her check-up the doctor said she'll talk when she's ready. Looking at all the posts here I'm now very worried that my girl is behind in her language development. I guess I need to talk to her doctor again and ask him what the next step should be to get my child to talk more. Thanks for the info.

Pam - posted on 12/08/2010

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typically when children sign they see no reason to talk right away so much, because they can communicate other ways. Also when children are exposed to more than one language they tend to take their time, yet in the end they have a higher IQ for knowing another language. Some babies love their soothers and just dont have so much opportunity, and some are stay at home only children and will learn at their own pace. There are so many factors. Doctors are not always on target, most of them are too rushed to dig deep into environmental or other social factors. So..don't worry it'll happen when he's good and ready.

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Lindsay - posted on 12/22/2010

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My daughter talks CONSTANTLY! She has about 80-100 words total that she says and she is speaking in 3-4 word sentences. I don't think that's very typical though, but she did lots of the other physical stuff late-walking, crawling, etc. I have heard they get really good at one or the other first and the other follows behind. My pediatrician says kids her age should have 10 words, so there is obviously a range as to what is normal.

Line - posted on 12/19/2010

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My daughter talks pretty much all day, she's like her mama lol! And she speaks pretty clearly and makes herself understood.
today she said for the first time " Je t'aime maman" wich is i love you mommy in french. Love her to pieces

Stef - posted on 12/16/2010

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some kids dont start talking til they are 2.. It doesnt mean that they are behind.. My daughter has just started to talk, she has doubled her words in a month.. she still doesnt pronounce everything clear but she tries to say stuff and repeat stuff.. Just keep working on him

Autumn - posted on 12/15/2010

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Omg . im so worried now ! my son does not talk at all ! not even momma and dada ! he is 18 months old . He can put all his toys away , and do many things like that but he will not or can not talk . The doctor says if he is still not talking by 2 then we can start to worry . He will be two b4 we know it ! wow i think my kid is way behind . thanks for opening up my eyes !

Stephanie - posted on 12/14/2010

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My 18month old talks from the minute he opens his eyes until he goes to sleep at night.... I Love it because I know when hes feeling good and when hes not.. If he isnt talking then I know hes under the weather...

Tiffany - posted on 12/12/2010

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not enough :( she babbles and doesn't know a lot of actual words yet, but its like 100% improvement from last month when she wasnt trying AT ALL!

Brittany - posted on 12/12/2010

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My son George is excessively talking... He picks up the phone says "phone" then "hello" then gibberish as if he's holding a conversation... He sings twinkle twinkle little star, itsy bitsy spider etc... And he says all the basic words (mommy daddy ball eat cup etc...) Don't get nervous if ur child is not talkin as much... They start when they feel like it s/n: George loves football!!!! Whenever the tv is on he screams football football n will sit down to watch... #cutestTHING

Keena - posted on 12/12/2010

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My son talks non stop. I cant get him to stop talking. He has a very broad vocabulary.

Kei - posted on 12/12/2010

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Well my daughter has been saying a lot of words really clear since she was 14 months but for the last 3 months she has jus been saying her abc's or singing patty cake. I don't know if its normal for a kid her age but I guess she is just a fast learner.

Allison - posted on 12/11/2010

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My son signed up a storm, but began verbalizing in the last month. He says a lot of words, but most of them are not at all like the real words. I am hoping that because he has just begun talking that will improve. Does anyone have experence with this?

Stef - posted on 12/11/2010

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The post wasnt to make anyone freak out or doubt their doctors.. You dont know jus tby reading this how clearly kids are talking, how ofter, or who can understand them.. I can now understand a TON of what my daughter says, others cant.. My doctor said there is no problem and I choose to belive him over anyone elkse

Courtney - posted on 12/11/2010

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my son is 19 months, we never have to ask him to talk. He doesnt know a stranger.

Marisela - posted on 12/10/2010

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In my experience (I've birthed 5, helped raise 2 & also have 3 step children) each child is an individual. It doesn't matter what everyone tells you. Just like when your child took their first steps or got their first teeth! The bottom line is...IT WILL HAPPEN! I have always been a firm believer that you talk to your toddler just as you would a teen or even an adult. I have learned with my own children that this helps them to be able to say the words correctly. If they hear "baby talk" then they are going to talk or mimic "baby talk". I'm not saying that is how you talk to yours of course, just be aware of how you are talking to your toddler. My 19 month old makes complete sentences. She sings, although sometimes those words are mumbo jumbo, she points and says what things are and if she doesn't know what something is, she'll ask. Some little ones, including mine, when we are really trying to get them to do something, they won't! LOL so instead of pressuring them, I try to do something that they like to do! Reading works wonders! So does singing or even some of the cartoons like Little Einsteins that introduces kids to music and gets their little minds working! If you don't like that cartoon then find one you like because once they like something you are gonna hear it over and over and over! Being repeatetive also helps their memory. These are just little ways that I have used and my kids love them. Don't be discouraged or worry too much. Your toddler will soon be talking up a storm!

Mary - posted on 12/10/2010

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My daughter will be 19 months next week. She speaks very well, very clear. She started saying her ABCs at 16 months & singing 'Head,shoulders, knees & toes'. She says "where is dad?" where's my milk? Etc and sings other songs too. I don't know where she gets a lot of what she says. We got' Your baby can read' & have played it since she was 3 months. She can read several words from program & is learning colors. We do read a lot to her. I recommend your baby can read...it can't hurt.

Andrea - posted on 12/10/2010

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My 18 month old won't stop talking and she even has small sentence like, momma I want that or ohh I like that momma. I have an older child too(3years old) and I think that is why she talks the way she does cause I never rememeber my oldest talking this much at 18months of age. Every child is different though so I would not stress it one bit.

Alyssa - posted on 12/09/2010

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My son is 18 months and unless your me or my husband, you wouldn't be able to understand anything he says. We can pick out several words and phrases. "Knock knock", "who's there" (no, not knock knock jokes... He learned to knock on the doors :)) "Night night", "what's that", "see", "I don't know", "daddy".

Those are the only ones that I can think of that come up on a daily basis. The last couple weeks we've been working on what doggies and kitties say. If I ask him "what do doggies/kitties say?" he will respond "woof woof/meow". We talk to him all the time, read, sing, just in general use language as much as possible around him but he picks up what he wants to when he wants to.

Like I said though - no one would be able to pick out my son's words and phrases outside of our household. I still don't know how to get those to come out clearer but considering he can answer some simple questions with correct answers and understand what I'm saying when directing him, I'm not concerned. He'll learn and progress when he's darn good and ready to! :D :D

Casey Jo - posted on 12/09/2010

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My daughter sings more then talks I think thats what it is. She will rock her baby and talk and sing to it. We have no idea what she is saying most of the time but her and her baby do I guess. When she wants somthing tho she just reaches and whines or cries or screams and I am trying hard to get her to just say what she wants before I give it to. Not much luck with that any suggestions?

Suvesha - posted on 12/09/2010

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Deanne pls dont stress over this. As we all know every child is different from each other. Incidently I met my daughters doc yesterday and she told me that childern by the age of 18mths start talking only a few single words. Its only between the age of 2- 21/2 yrs old that they start forming sentences.
I am sure your daughter will surprise you soon with sweet lil language.

Mel - posted on 12/09/2010

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Annalise has been a right little chatter box now for what seems months, she has always been very verbally developed from noises when she was small from a very young age, to her first words. She strings sentances together now and pretty much amazes us each day!

I think kiddies are all different, normally putting words together is about til they are 2years I think...

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Suvesha - posted on 12/08/2010

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My 18 month old actually talks a lot. she has a huge vocabulary.. think atleast 50-60 words and in the past 2 weeks started to string sentences of 2-3 words. Like " mama come down" lets go home", mamma get up". She cant count till five.. sing nursery rhymes as well ofcourse in between eating up a lot of words..lol. Says thank you each time we give her something. when you ask her name., she replies"Kiara Suri". Before sleeping she wishes everyone" Good night". Since she was born I have rarely spoken to her in baby language. We talk to each other all day, sing ryhmes together :-))

Stef - posted on 12/08/2010

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Boys are not slower than girls.. My son could carry on a conversation and you could understand everyword at 15 months. He was evaluated and speaking at a 3 year old level.. My daughter on the other hand says random words.. I asked the doctor about everyones theroy about boys being slower and he said it is not true..

Erin - posted on 12/08/2010

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Wow, thanks for all the posts. My son just had his 18 month well visit and because we told the doctor that he says a maximum of 10 words she asked us to have a speech evaluator visit us. I was manic the next day thinking we were doing something wrong. When in fact, I think his doctor is being overly critical. I have now been cataloging what he says and I am currently up to 15 words. My son also signs a lot ( "All done" with his hands and "stop") and he has just started to say the words along with signing them.

Thanks again for the posts. It makes me feel so much better!

Pam - posted on 12/08/2010

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I guess they all talk at their own pace just like walking...boys tend to take longer than girls. My girl is talking 3-4 word sentences and can repeat almost every word. points to the window calls it window, says "daddy open the door" etcc... in most cases they can understand about 40 or more words by now.

Dana - posted on 12/07/2010

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my son is the same way he is a crazy babbler and does repeat some words but loves to bable in his launguage. He cracks me up but I do understand him when he talks because he uses hand movements, and throws in some words. Like " Mom goode blau oowee dog eat" and points to the dogs food when we are at the table. Well when we eat we feed the dog (usually when I remember to feed her) or after we eat. So I ask him do I need to feed the dog? And, he will shake his head yes. It is just too cute,

Laura - posted on 12/07/2010

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My daughter is 18 months and she's talking more and more each day. She wakes up in the morning and says "hi mama!" or "hi daey!" that's how she says daddy. She will walk to the refrigerator and say "yagut" for yogurt. I talk to her all the time and rarely use 'baby' words. She just now started repeating what my husband and I say... so we have to be careful what words we use around her :-)

Jill - posted on 12/07/2010

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My daughter (just turned 19 months) speaks very well...people are amazed when we go in public at how much she talks..she is using 3 word sentences, can say her abc's, sings tons of songs, and even quotes her favorite shows and movies. she can say most of the colors when asked and can even identify a few letters...I am a stay at home mom and read and work with her constantly! I make sure to keep learning fun!

Rita - posted on 12/06/2010

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my 18 months old daughter says alot of words. She likes to sing A,B,C and she pretty get it down. She still mumble couple of letters but she pretty much get the rythme. She also say thank you everytime and throws alot of people off wherever we are. She knows how to count 1-10 but she miss 4 and 5. She can sing twinkle twinkle little star with mumble too, row row row your boat, happy birthday to you, and she can clap with BINGO. She can say ball, please, cat,dog, aunt, uncle, doctor, nurse, red, blue, green,pink,elow for yellow, trees, statue, cup, spoon, table, chair, clap, help when she wants somebody to help her, knock knock, couch, etc. She calls me mamma and calls her dad daddy. She can speaks some of my Yapese language and she understand more than speaking it. Even though I work, I spend alot of time with her and pretty much everything we do we apply educational stuff. Everytime we climb stairs we count 1,2,3 and we say colors when she's taking a bath, we sing alot when we are in the house. When we drive in the car we play barneys songs.

Nevada - posted on 12/05/2010

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My daughter babbles away in her own language. She understands if you say things like "Where's the Cat?" etc. It's taken us a little while to decipher what she says!

P.velvizhy - posted on 12/04/2010

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my daughter is 19 months old n she keeps talking bt cudnt figure out the language:) these days she repeats the words tat v say n she is able to say the basic words

Lisa - posted on 12/04/2010

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my daughter loves to babble in her own language.. I find it adorable! She looks me right in the eyes and even points her finger and uses hand gestures when she goes on with once of her speaches. The speach often ends in laughter as well ! She does say quite a few words, like; ball, tree, shoes, mommy, daddy, grandma, santa, water, car, eyes, dude, book, cookie, down, cow, up, dodo, kaka, peepee. She knows some french words as well becuase her daycare is a french environment. We only speak english to her at home, so she will be biligual at an early stage. I just hope it doesn't confuse her to learn them bith at the same time so early on. I think she is starting to realize that there are 2 words for each object (1 english and 1 french). We will have to wait and see. We do alot of pointing at objects and repeating their names. Eventually she remembers them and decides to add it to her list of words. I think reading books to her had helped alot recently. We pick new words that my boyfriend and I will repeat over and over for a few days until she decides to say it.

Elizabeth - posted on 12/03/2010

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Well this makes me feel MUCH better, my 18 month old signs, so he depended on that to talk for the most part. Just recently when his Pediatrician said that he's beginning to fall behind, that by his 24 month check up not only should he be about to say about 10 words he should be able to make two or three word sentances... two days later, he started talking. He says "tickle, tickle, tickle" and other things, ball, and he's mimicking us, and making baby babble noises that he hadn't been doing before. So we're super excited that he's catching up to where he's supposed to be, and I'm extremely relieved to hear that he's not the only one who is not talking well yet! I ♥ Circle of Moms!

Elsa - posted on 12/02/2010

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My 18 month old son.. says things like baby.. bird.. ball.. mostly b-words.. (mum and dad too) he doesn't really actually talk much.. mostly babble.. but he usually follows directions pretty well.

Melissa - posted on 11/30/2010

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My son seems to talk when he wants to. I was worried for a while because he didn't always mimic me so I didn't think he was able to comprehend/retain things I was saying. However, he surprises me all the time! He started following simple directions about 11-12months, and was only saying things at random or when prompted (mostly just dada, mama, hi, bye). Then just the other night (now 18mos), he told me "nighty night" for the first time, then went to sleep! It was the strangest thing because he's never even attempted to say "nighty night" all the times I've said it before. And then tonight he grabbed a book, gave it to me, and said, "read the book." It is totally amazing to me considering I had him assessed around 12months and Early Intervention specialists said he had a speech delay, but his doctor always told me there was nothing to worry about. Guess I know who to believe now! :) Just give her some time.. I bet she'll randomly just start blabbing your ear off about something. It's all a learning process, and when she figures she can initiate a conversation/actions then it'll be non-stop.

Rebekah - posted on 11/30/2010

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My daughter (18 months old today!) is really just starting to talk without being prompted. She'll walk into a room, see a ball, point, and say, "ball," but most of the time she just repeats what we say.



I should add, she's not very good at responding when I say "what is this?" or "what is that?" yet.

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