Are my verbal expectations ffor 14 month old to high?

Lauren - posted on 07/27/2012 ( 10 moms have responded )

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My 14th month old son is grunting and pointing to communicate. He only has a couple words (ball, cat, mommom, dada, cold). He use to say cup and good but has stopped. My daughter by this age was a verbal storm. He smiles and laughs and interacts. Very physical, he can throw balls and likes to put things in and out of containers. He is also getting very confused with body parts (learned head but hasn't moved on to other parts) and won't sit still long enough for a book. Am I being too anxious?

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Amanda - posted on 08/15/2012

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My daughter is learning 2 languages, and barely says a few words. She prefers to point, babble and scream instead. :)

Merry - posted on 07/28/2012

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I think if he can communicate to you through pointing and a few words he's normal. Also, my dr said 3-6 words by a year and your son meets that just fine. By two years they want to see 10 words so he has plenty of time to get there!
Don't make him frustrated, but when you give him an object or show him something repeat the word over and over and if he tries to say it praise him a lot! He will learn more words in time but you have to teach him! And be patient. Pushing it never helps :)

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Yvonne - posted on 09/14/2012

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my son 15 months. just like yours he is pointing to communicate. he can say a simple word like papa, mama, memei (sister), nennen(milk), mommom(wanna to eat). my son just learned hair and haven't move to other parts of body. it should be okay as he follows all instruction like throw away the pamper, get me a pen or paper, come down, don't,,, yup, every baby develops at their own pace, be patiece. :)

Ianina - posted on 09/12/2012

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I do signs with the twins. They do more, food and drink. They say dad or papa (spanish), they don't say mom anymore...hahaha

they do follow directions just fine like, "go find your pacifier" "bring your bunny" etc.



Isabella can say Peek a boo, sissy, sofia, papa. the rest is pure babble...Sofia is behind Isa in everything so just a couple months ago she started babbling. But she does so much better with signs that Isa

Michele - posted on 09/12/2012

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Have you tried a few signs with your little one? We have used "more," "please," "daddy," and "dog" since we have one (she doesn't use "mommy" yet.....grrr), and that with the pointing/verbalizing helps us understand her wants. My little one gets confused with "toes" and "nose" and I think it's because she doesn't always hear my first syllable. All babies are different, so don't worry. As an educator, if by age 3 you don't hear simple phrasing/sentences, then ask the pediatrician if a speech/hearing test is recommended.

Rebecca - posted on 08/12/2012

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Relax, mama. Sounds like he is doing just fine. Boys tend to develop verbal abilities much more slowly than girls, so don't compare him to his sister. My 14.5 month old''s first word was uh-oh - spoken at 9 months. After a month or two, he "lost" that word and just said it again yesterday. Other than that, he says hello, Cole (his big brother), mama, dada, nana, bye-bye and lots of babble. What's amazing is how much he understands. I discover everyday something new that he understands. I bet your little guy is the same.



Don't stress now. But if he regresses at an older age, keep an eye on it.

Amanda - posted on 08/09/2012

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My son has become very verbal in the last week and his vocabulary is building. Everything beginning with B it seems, ball, balloon, boat, bike. Some words might not be 100 percent clear but you can definitely understand him. We hav taught him some baby signing which has been wonderful in terms of communication. He is our third son with a 9 year gap and I definitely recommend it as he signs for food, bath, sleep, car, hot, dog, cat, bike, horse, danger, bird which he loves and much more.

Karen - posted on 08/07/2012

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My son is 14.5 months and he only says mom, momma, dad, dada and hi. Sometimes he says what sounds like up. That's it. He just points and babbles at me for everything else. Don't pressure your little one, every baby develops at his/her own pace.

Merry - posted on 08/07/2012

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I've heard bilingual babies take a slight bit longer to explode verbally, but when they do it's in both languages! Worth the wait i think! If my husband or I knew another language I'd be so happy to teach my babies both. But unfortunately we each only know English.

Ianina - posted on 08/07/2012

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Both my twins are pointing to comunicate too. Isa can say a few words, Sofia only says 2 or 3...BUT they are bilingual babies (spanish and english) and I am also teaching them to sign son I'm not super worried about it. They understand both english and spanish.

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