baby words

Kari - posted on 12/16/2009 ( 116 moms have responded )

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my daughter is 13 months now and i was just curious as to how many words they should be saying by now?????? i think she says around 12, give or take a few...

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Kristi - posted on 12/27/2009

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Quoting Angela:

Okay...you are all getting me worried! My son was born on 11/11 and doesn't say any words at all. He didn't even make consonsant sounds until about 2 weeks before his first birthday. He's very verbal, but no words...not even mama or dada. Should I be worried?


Hey Angela,



After reading other people's posts, I am worried to. My son "says" mamama and dadada ... but they are not for any reason at all - and aren't directed to either of us all the time. He does UNDERSTAND those words, because if you say "go see daddy", he will walk over to daddy ...



I read somewhere above that someone's pediatrician said that the baby should be saying 2-3 words by now, but I personally believe that's crap ... babies walk at different ages, talk at different ages, and do EVERYTHING at different ages ...





Oh, and my son was born on the same day as yours :)

Brenda - posted on 01/10/2010

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Hi , yeah indeed when I read these posts I have the tendency to freak out ... My baby girl talks non stop , piedlipadelie , babba mama , dada . But do I understand any of this ? Except for Mauw ( we have a cat ) but she uses this for all animals now . She definitely understands more words , but does not connect them to speaking them out loud

So, not to worry, I guess , mine too is a very jolly and happy child, I do not force her , I just talk to her all the time . Let her enjoy her baby talk and let her be the baby she wants to be : )

Jeanine - posted on 01/04/2010

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Quoting Monica:

Ok, my son must be slow cause he only says Mama and Daddy. What are you all doing that they are saying so many words?


It is not what the parents are doing...like I said in an earlier post, my daughters have been talked to the same way and one started talking at 9 months (15 word vocab at 10 1/2 months and the other doesn't have more than a 5 word vocab at 14 months today.  Personality has a lot to do with it.  They will talk when they are good and ready and then we won't be able to shut them up!  LOL  Don't worry!  If your pediatrician is concerned, there are early intervention speach therapy classes available.  But I would say that at this point...the ped.  is probably NOT worried.  My ped.  said that she recommended reading to my baby (which I already do) and identifying things verbally and talking to your baby.  If you are doing this...keep it up and enjoy your baby!

Nettia - posted on 01/01/2010

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I have a background in early education and 2-5 words are appropriate. The posts that state 10-15 are feasible and are the exception. Anything more than that (30!) and the parent is probably hearing things. Some sounds are not developmentally possible at this age (i.e. n, r). As an aside to some posts, there is a difference between saying a word and recognizing/understanding its meaning. You have nothing to be worried about Kari.

Helena - posted on 12/30/2009

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my boy is now just under 13 months and like to say dada a lot, maybe he means daddy or maybe it's just his favourite sound. either way i'm not worried that he's not talking, because he's making a lot of noise and he understands me. if i ask him to go upstairs for a bath, he will crawl up the stairs. if i ask where the dog is he will show me and so on. our daughter (who is now 3,5) could do loads of animal noises at the same age and she said mama and dada, but nothing more and now we can't get her to stop talking. I don't think babies have to say 2-3 words at this stage, because how do you define words? they might be saying loads of things but not pronouncing then so that we understand. as long as they know what you say to them and they make some kind of noise they are on their way to talking more. guidelines that doctors of midwives provide are just that - guidlines. not strict rules that your baby has to follow. so just enjoy the stage you're baby's at, whatever it might be.

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Charlotte - posted on 01/24/2010

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My son is nearly 1year 6months he can say whats this, whats that? and the usual about 10 words.

Melissa - posted on 01/21/2010

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My son is only saying about 4 or 5 words. i am now starting to worry and i read and do flash cards with him every day

Kelsey - posted on 01/17/2010

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My 14 month old doesn't speak much other than momma,g for grandma and can sign milk and more but I'm not worried since I can see he understands a lot more and what others have said each baby learns at different time and stages why should it matter other than if he or she hasn't at least said momma or dadda till now cz then I would want to get my kids hearing checked

Dayna - posted on 01/15/2010

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looks like your daughter is doing awesome! My son jut turned 14 months and he only says about 5 words!!

Kristine - posted on 01/14/2010

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I agree, I think your daughter is doing fantastic! My 14 month old son can make a few animals sounds and he says maybe 3 consistent words. We talk and read to him a lot, so I don't think there's much else we can do. It's funny though, even though he can't say anything, I feel like we have conversations all day because he is so responsive to what I say or ask.

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I don't think all of this comparing is good as each child is so different and 13 months is too early to be worried about this unless something intuitively feels wrong. My son was born 11/10. He says a few words, understands a lot of what I say to him, and also communicates in other ways.

I also have a 7 year old. He spoke very few words until 18 months where his language just exploded and he was quickly having full conversations. He now has an excellent vocabulary and is an eloquent communicator.

Rebecca - posted on 01/12/2010

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My son is 13 months and he only says a few words. I wonder if that is also due to the fact that I am speaking to him only in french and his dad and others are using english. In english he says dada, mama, papa (grandfather), and dog, but that's all and I'm not worried. But the other day he waved goodbye to my mom and said ah-wa-wa (au revoir). I agree with other people when they say the most important thing is that they show they are understanding you and it's important to not constantly pit your baby against others; you don't want to instill within him/her a constant feeling of inadequacy. Just enjoy this time of babbling because if all you do is push them to reach milestones, you'll wake up one day and realize you missed all of the wonderful baby stages.

Leah - posted on 01/12/2010

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my daughter was born 11/8. she 'talks' a ton, its just no one really ever understands anything beyond 'mama' 'dada' 'nana' 'dogdog' and 'no'. tho she does say 'you get it' its way mangled and her daddy thinks im imagining it lol.

Larissa - posted on 01/12/2010

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well my sone is nearly 14 months old and can only say about 7 so ur daughter is way ahead of my boy and he has had his sister to learn off i say she is doin just fine

Adaora - posted on 01/12/2010

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My Adorable Daughter is 13 months! She's very active and she likes talking. There are many things she says which i dont understand but the ones i hear clearly are: Daddy,Out,Aunty,Hello(when she thinks someone's at the door) and Hello again(when she's on the phone!)Ouch,Water,Baby,calls her name,Kaka,shakes her head to indicate'NO!'Thank You,Yes and some couple of words i cant remember at the moment,

Melanie - posted on 01/11/2010

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I think that's a lot for a 13 month old! i just posted what all my baby says in his intro, he's 14 months as of a couple days ago and it's 12-15 words

Jennifer - posted on 01/11/2010

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My little man says 2 words clearly, and 3 words that only a Mom could understand - Momma, Dadda, tat (for cat), puh (for up), mil (milk). He does understand a lot, I can tell him to give me a kiss, or to not put something in his mouth and he will do what I ask. I have an older daughter who could put two words together at 1 year (i.e.: "more please"). She still loves to talk, but that is her personality. I am not worried about my son.

Jami - posted on 01/11/2010

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It seems to me the trend here is the girls are saying more words earlier than the boys. I have two boys. My youngest was born Nov. 27, 2008 and he says probably 6 words or so. He does some baby sign language and says some words that I alone know b/c I stay home with my boys. Believe me, no one else would know what the word is! lol I've also heard that your child will be either really focused on physical development or cognitive development. I think my son is smart and does effectively communicate to us what he wants, but he has definitely been more focused on physical things. At any rate, all babies have their own developmental time clock to follow so at 13 months, I don't think there's anything to worry about whether your child is saying 0 or 30 words. I just want to enjoy my sweet little boy b/c he is growing up way too fast!

Gina - posted on 01/11/2010

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My son is 14 months old and only says things like ma ma, da da and ba ba. Sometimes it sounds like he says hi or hey and he recently began saying ra ra ra but that's pretty much it. Is that abnormal? He is my first child so I have no other children of my own to compare him to.

Siobhan - posted on 01/11/2010

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Mu daughter turned one 29/11 and can say about 7 completely understandable words i'm not worried as she is able to express her need with gestures just as clearly and my health visitor doesnt seem worried about her language development either so i think it is just a case of they will talk when they want to talk and nothing u can do will make them do it any quicker. my daughter can say mom, baba (bottle), baby, did it, ta, bye, hiya, ross (my partners name), nana and grandad. these are words she hears everyday and i think thats the main thing they will learn words they hear every single day much quicker than words animals like cow or sheep or things like that because words like nan or mom or bottle are comforting, familiar words.

Jerrica - posted on 01/11/2010

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my son is now 14 months old and he has not even say a single meaningful word. But he does understand when we are talking to him. He can't even says daddy or mommy yet. The sounds that came out are like za, ba, da, ah, di. I'm not that worried though, cos it sounds cute when he says that :P

Prudence - posted on 01/10/2010

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My son is 13 months old and other than 'mama', 'dada' and 'cat', he doesn't say much else.. he tries and makes some pretty impressive noises, but no other actual words!! Infact his first real breakthrough with talking was only the other day when he pointed to the cat and said 'cah'! I am very proud! It sounds your little girl is doing great! :-)

Erin - posted on 01/10/2010

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My son just turned 14 months and says quite a few words; mommy, mama, daddy, dada, sissy, dog, tree, byebye, no, cool, see, whas dat, gampa... i think kids just talk at their own pace!

Kristi - posted on 01/10/2010

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Krista, that's exactly what we do with Wesley - and I have had people look at me like a crazy person in the grocery store chatting with Wes about real life - too funny!! But he isn't interested in talking, kids are definitely different from each other!

Krista - posted on 01/10/2010

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We're at about 15-20 words and 5 signs. The best thing you can do is talk to your baby. Not "baby-talk" but actual conversation. Some people think it's strange to see me in the store having a conversation with my 1 year old, but I feel its the best way to expose her to real language. And hey....she's quite the chatterbox now!

Nikki - posted on 01/09/2010

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My oldest (now 5) said tons of words by 13 months. By 18 months, he was talking in complete sentences with correct pronouns-he sounded like a little grown up. My youngest is also 13 months now, and he clearly says 7, and there are about 2 more that I have heard on occasion, but not consistently. They vary so much at this age-I am sure your little one is doing just fine-and is probably ahead of "schedule" in this area.

Aleksandra - posted on 01/09/2010

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My daughter turned 1 on Nov. 27th and only says 2 words: daddy and baba. I think she is delayed in speech because our house is multilingual. I speak Russian to her, as do my parents. My husband's relatives will speak Creole, and a couple of the daycare workers sometimes speak Spanish. My niece had a speech delay also and didn't fully start speaking till almost 2. My friends' daughter is about 2.5 months older then mine and she speaks probably 15 words if not more by now, but they don't have a multilingual household. So I guess everyone develops at different rates depending on the surroundings.

Abigail - posted on 01/09/2010

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Doing well! My son just turned 14 months old. His first word was, "mama" then, "hot", and "UP". He also knows the sign language for, "more" and "milk".

Kathy - posted on 01/09/2010

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My son is 13 months, I would say that he says around 4 words. "Up" is his favorite word for some reason though. He tends to make alot of "baby" sounding words and has his favorites sounds that he repeats all day long. I'm hoping for a major vocabulary growth in the next few weeks though.

Sarah - posted on 01/09/2010

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I was a little worried too... we speak spanish and english so our daughter is learning 2 languages.

She understands alot in both languages but I think she is a little slow in speaking.

She follows instructions in spanish but has not spoken any spanish words.

In english, she can say mama, papa, grandpa (clearly), nana, all gone & all done, hi & bye, ta ta.

She know what they all mean....otherwise she points and speaks to us using her non verbal skills.

Now that I have read what others are saying, I think she is probably doing well.

It is so hard to know if you are where you should be sometimes....I think our babies know exactly what they are doing and we should probably just relax and enjoy it as it comes.

Jessica - posted on 01/09/2010

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My son said Mom and Dada when he was about 7months old. Since then he hasn't said Dada at all 'Momomomom' when walking towards me wanting to be picked up but that is it! He said 'Quack' the other day and I got all excited but hasn't said it since. He tries to verbally communicate but seems lazy and bored about it! lol

Carin - posted on 01/08/2010

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Quoting Kristi:



Quoting Angela:

Okay...you are all getting me worried! My son was born on 11/11 and doesn't say any words at all. He didn't even make consonsant sounds until about 2 weeks before his first birthday. He's very verbal, but no words...not even mama or dada. Should I be worried?





Hey Angela,






After reading other people's posts, I am worried to. My son "says" mamama and dadada ... but they are not for any reason at all - and aren't directed to either of us all the time. He does UNDERSTAND those words, because if you say "go see daddy", he will walk over to daddy ...






I read somewhere above that someone's pediatrician said that the baby should be saying 2-3 words by now, but I personally believe that's crap ... babies walk at different ages, talk at different ages, and do EVERYTHING at different ages ...





Oh, and my son was born on the same day as yours :)


 

Jodie - posted on 01/08/2010

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my 13month old says about 20 wrds but understands alot more and he will point to certain things and he knows who people are and our pets.

Jodie - posted on 01/08/2010

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probally you may need to get his hearing checked but he may be just slow to talk

Amy - posted on 01/08/2010

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Quoting Jamie:

She also has the "your baby can read videos". Shes our little sponge and is beyond intelligent. She kind of scares me! LOL


Jamie, do you think the "my baby can read" videos really work? Everytime I see the commercials on tv I wonder if they really do work or not. I have been asking around but have not found anyone that has tried them.

Jesikah - posted on 01/08/2010

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Now that someone has said some babies focus more on mobility skills then their vocabulary gets me thinking my daughter is like that. She's been walking since just before 11 months, walks backwards, squats, climbs on couches, buckles her belts in her car seat/pram, loves looking at books etc. She can say a few words but more interested in investigating things then blabbering to herself. I talk to her everyday and point to things and repeat what they are out loud. I read to her before her naps and when she goes to bed and she seems to lay there and watch my lips. I try to exagerate my lip movements so she can see to move her lips for different sounds. I heard that reading to your child can help them learn to talk and recognise sounds etc. I loved books growing up, I would much rather read then play with any toy and I hope she's the same!

Sue Anne - posted on 01/07/2010

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My son who is 33 months was only saying 1 or two words at 1 and it did not progress till he is about 25mths and can speak in 3-4 word sentences now with not so fluent pronunciation... on the other hand, my daughter, at 14mths now can say a lot more and seems to also be a lot more alert and understanding of instructions! She can say.. daddy, mummy, gdpa, gdma, clock, fish, star, boy, girl, elephant, no, dog, cat, car, milk, bye... and more.. Guess, this jus shows different developmental growth and that we don't have to worry.. just allow each time to develop and provide the opportunity to without over stressing!

Abbey - posted on 01/05/2010

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My daycare girl told me boys average 10 words by 2 years old....this is a stat she read. My little man has a few words in his vocab regularly, like cat and dada and tickle tickle and dark. But I also tell him what everything is as we get ready in the morning. He understands more than he can speak. He is also a gabber, LOVES to hear himself speak so I am not surprised he knows a little more than some boys.

Roselee - posted on 01/05/2010

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dont worry my son is just staring to say mama no and ba and hes almost 14 months

Angie - posted on 01/05/2010

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Quoting Monica:

Ok, my son must be slow cause he only says Mama and Daddy. What are you all doing that they are saying so many words?


Not doing anything special, she just seems to pick up words easily. We talk and play a lot.  I am a SAHM & involved in 2 play groups so she gets a lot of 1 on 1 interaction with me AND with other kids.  Maybe that helps? But to put things in perspective, she only JUST learned how to climb, and still can't get onto the couch, so clearly she is just focused on communicating and will focus on the other skills later.  Every child really is different.

Marguerite - posted on 01/05/2010

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I think 12 words is a lot. Children all develop at different rates which doesn't determine intelligence. I was a toddler teacher (18-36 months) prior to having my son and many of the 18 and 19 month old children did not have too many words. As long as your child is growing and developing there shouldn't be too much of a concern. Some children start doing things earlier and then taper off and some start doing things later and catch up or even surpass. There is no rhyme or reason except perhaps genetics. Of course exposing your child things is helpful, but they will do things at their own rate. According to my mother - in - law, my husband didn't talk until he was 3. He is now a very intelligent doctor. So no need to worry.

Maria - posted on 01/05/2010

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My daughter is also 13 months and she now can say Mama, Dada, "Daddyyyy", "Memo"- for Elmo, "Papa" for Grandpa, "Tata" for abuelita (grandma), "Titi" for her aunts, bye bye, hi, up, "aqui" (here), "agua" (water), "taytu" (thank you), "Go! Go! Go!", Baba (for bottle), and a few more but I'm blanking right now. lol. So, like 15-20 total. Don't be worried Kari, it sounds like your daughter is right on track. Kids speak when they are ready to, just like walking and every other milestone! Enjoy her! :)

Kendra - posted on 01/04/2010

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My daughter (11/9) does not say any clear words. She mostly babbles with consonants. However, she walks, runs, stoops, squats, and even walks backwards. In other words, she is extremely agile physically. She does understand directions and the things my husband and I say to her though. My son talked at a very early age- probably 6 months. However, due to a physical disability, he was not able to walk or even really crawl for the first year of his life. He's 16 now and just like every other teenager out there- not a super genius because he talked early. My great nephew who is two weeks younger than my daughter is the opposite. He babbled from an earlier age but still is not walking.



Our doctor said that she focused her energy on mobility. I'm not going to worry until she is older. And just to help the other moms out there worried- my brother did not talk until he was almost 3yrs and then it was in complete sentences.



Just to add- I wouldn't worry so much. I think we push our kids too hard and too fast to do things instead of letting them just be children and develop naturally. Of course we want them to be smarter and are proud of them, but what is the cost? I was a teacher for 10 years and I always found that whenever the children were pushed to do one thing that they may not be developmentally ready for, they sacrificed something else in the process. I don't believe in the gimmicks and other things out there that claim to make our babies smarter faster. They only need love, attention, and nurturing to develop at a healthy pace that is right for each of them individually.

Erin - posted on 01/04/2010

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My daughter has been using 'your baby can read ' since she was three months old and its the best thing we have done for her . She thinks it is fun and a game. She now speaks 132 words. I am very proud of my daughter. Being a parent I want her to have more , be more , learn more, everything more. Anything that will make learning fun is worth the effort. Humans in early years learn differently and easier. Like sponges.It only takes two days to teach her something. YBCR has taught her to learn quicker. The communication we have as a family makes everyday tasks easier.When she wants something she will tell us and sometimes say thankyou. She is amazing and I love her . We are capable of saying 'I love you to eachother. Love was here third word.

Kristine - posted on 01/04/2010

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thanks kristi.....she does blab alot but mostly just sounds....i know your right....thanks for your support

Monica - posted on 01/04/2010

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Ok, my son must be slow cause he only says Mama and Daddy. What are you all doing that they are saying so many words?

Joanna - posted on 01/04/2010

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Quoting Angela:

Okay...you are all getting me worried! My son was born on 11/11 and doesn't say any words at all. He didn't even make consonsant sounds until about 2 weeks before his first birthday. He's very verbal, but no words...not even mama or dada. Should I be worried?


My son Nick was born on 11/6 and he is in the same boat as your son.  He says Da Da Da Da, but no really words yet.  He babbles a lot and it very verbal, but no real words, yet.  Should we be worried?  My husband and I are always talking to him and narrating our activities, but Nick still doesn't answer questions or say any real words.  Is this a problem?

Joanna - posted on 01/04/2010

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Quoting Angela:

Okay...you are all getting me worried! My son was born on 11/11 and doesn't say any words at all. He didn't even make consonsant sounds until about 2 weeks before his first birthday. He's very verbal, but no words...not even mama or dada. Should I be worried?


My son Nick was born on 11/6 and he is in the same boat as your son.  He says Da Da Da Da, but no really words yet.  He babbles a lot and it very verbal, but no real words, yet.  Should we be worried?  My husband and I are always talking to him and narrating our activities, but Nick still doesn't answer questions or say any real words.  Is this a problem?

Jesikah - posted on 01/04/2010

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My daughter babbles sounds like ba ba, oh shh (not sure if she's trying to say something like oh s**t - I hope not!) mama, nana, daddy, dada, no, yes and assorted other sounds/words. There is a baby of a friend who is very talkative, not really sounds just chattering to herself, but isn't walking or doing a lot of the things my girl is. Every baby is different and will learn at their own pace. As she gets older you'll know if she needs help.

SHARON - posted on 01/04/2010

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hi my son is 13 months and he only can say mumma, dadda, a, baa so i would say ur child doing realy well. my son has a older sister so my son is trying 2 copy her.
SHARON

Angie - posted on 01/03/2010

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My daughter is also 13 (and a half-if that matters) months and she said somewhere between 15-20 words and we also teach sign language so she has probably 10 signs..some of them overlap with words, some of them are only signs.

I count a word as something she says every time, so "baku" is a word if she says it every time she sees her blankie, which she does :)

Kim - posted on 01/03/2010

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My daughter's only "word" at this stage is Uh-Oh, which she uses when she drops something, or is stuck! Am not too concerned, she babbles nonstop and seems to understand us for the most part. She crawled early and walked at 11 months, always in a hurry :-)

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