my 15th month old doesnt talk very much

Skye - posted on 03/06/2010 ( 57 moms have responded )

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he talks a lot but not actual words i just want to know how many words most 15 month olds say he has been saying dada since he was 10 months old but just started saying mama but doesnt say it very often and he sometimes says thank you and doggy

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Mary - posted on 03/09/2010

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My son doesn't speak at all. He is 16 months. The doctor said he is fine. He gets his point across, so I am not worried. Also..he has 2 older siblings, so they do most of the speaking for him.

Clare - posted on 03/13/2010

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Hi, my 15 month old is my fourth child, and I'm still amazed at the difference in when they do this that and the other.... In all fairness judging by my other three... the fact that my 15 month old only says mammy and daddy is scaring me. Simply because my second was slow on talking, at this stage too, then was very difficult to understand. He's now nearly 8 and I can't get him to STOP TALKING!!! It's been like that since he was 2 and a half. I wouldn't worry sure my little one isn't walking yet, i'm not bothered cause she's quicker than the others on different things. I won't worry unless she's 3 and not walking or talking. Otherwise she can develop these things as slow as she likes... Makes life a little easier to be honest, he he he

Ola - posted on 03/10/2010

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i really agree with you... i think my daughter is also understand what i'm telling her... also she can point to the things that i'm asking her about ... or even just look at them... so i think this is a progress so we don't have to worry.

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Freedom - posted on 03/29/2010

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My youngest one doesn't say too much, but I really feel as though she is people watcher and thinker. She can completly understand what we say to her or ask her to do. I don't really agree with " it depends on how much you talk to them" because kids are listening to use talk every time we speak. You don't have to be directly in there face saying a word over and over. They just pick up what they hear. You know the saying "kids say the darnest things" cause we think they are not listening when they really are. I wouldn't stress over it, or become a drill sergant speech teacher. There will come a day when you actually say, please stop talking just for a minute, please!

Lani - posted on 03/25/2010

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My 16 month old daughter is still not saying much either! Just the babbling and indiscriminent words but nothing concrete! I'm so glad I'm not the only one worrying about this. Her doctor told me that if she wasn't really speaking by 18 months that we should worry a little, so hopefully it'll kick in by then!

April - posted on 03/23/2010

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my daughter is very talkative. here are her words: mama, dada, pap-pap (her word for grandpa), baba, puppy, kitty, hi, bye, cookie, uppy (for up), appie (for apple juice), nana (for grandma), thank you, peas (for please), uh-oh, and she can sometimes manage to say belly, toes, elmo, and certain people's names. i think most of the words she says are accidental gibberish that makes sense, but those words above are her actual words. i think the development of a child's speech depends on how much you talk to the child and how fast they learn. some kids also just don't talk much. my nephew will be two in june and he doesn't say nearly as many words as my 16 month old. same with my god-daughter, also 2 in june. it all depends on the child. so i wouldn't be worried. if he's not talking more probably by 2 1/2, i'd ask the doctor.

Rachel - posted on 03/23/2010

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my son is 16 mo old today and prob says about 35 words soemtimes he will put 2 words together "up please, help please" but he still does a lot of babbling

Dawn - posted on 03/22/2010

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mine doesn't say too much but he has about 20 different signs that he can make when he wants something..my pediatrician said not to worry too much...as long as he progresses forward and doesn't regress into silence, then he should be fine

Raelene - posted on 03/22/2010

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My 16 month old doesnt say much, mum, dad and ta (thanks) are the only consistant words, but he understands everything we say and he is very good at making sounds or using actions to get his point across. He has a massive 'sound vocabulary' and I often think if he can copy sounds so easily he should talk more, but I remind myself to enjoy it while it lasts!

Darcie - posted on 03/21/2010

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MAMA MOMMMM DADA BABA BALL BOO(FOR BLUE) NANA,COME ON NO I guess my daughter is talken pretty well

Nicole - posted on 03/21/2010

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My 15 month old, says mummum and dada, but nothing else, he can't pont to things or wave. We have a hearning test next week, cause he was sick as a baby, and they think that might be the cause. My other son didn't really start talking until just before his second birthday. As long as he understands you, you're fine

Morgen - posted on 03/21/2010

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I wish my son was saying that much! He's 16 and a half months, and lots of chatter but no words. He started saying mama and dada at 10 months and shortly after that we got a very enthusiastic "kitty!" but then around 11 months he just stopped all that. He hasn't said a single word since, not even mama or dada. He's almost 17 months old. We still haven't gone in for the 15 month appointment (12 month was a month late so they told us to wait) but we're planning on going in the next week or two and we'll ask what to do. I'm bordering on worried, not really worried yet, but starting to think maybe I should be.

Chrissy - posted on 03/21/2010

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When we went for our 15 month check up the Dr. said at 15 months they should be saying 3-6 words and 10 words by 18 months. Sounds like he's saying threee words, so he should be ok. Never compare your son to other kids...they all develop at their own pace. : )

Kathy - posted on 03/19/2010

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Hi sky - I have a 15 1/2 month old son who speaks about 10 words, he only had 3 words for the longest time (ball, dada and baba (bottle). the interesting thing is, I have an older daughter with Downs syndrome and a severe speech delay. She was signing over 400 words by the time she was 2 - she's almost 8 now, and still has severe speech articulation problems - but she talks talks talks up a storm! Anyway, I learned a LOT from her therapists over the years. One of the reasons boys talk a little later is that they are concentrating more on learning physcal things - learning to run, climb, squat - learning balance that you wouldnt notice if you werent a therapist or a mom with a disabled kid. every milestone it took my daughter weeks and months to cross, my son is doing with only one or two tries! He is very much concentrating on his body mechanics to the exclusion of talking, because I KNOW he understands everything I say and follows simple commands. You'll probably notice that your son is concentrating more on other things as well. They arent talking, which is so important to us WOMEN (why girls talk first! communication is more important to us)... but they are doing what's important to THEM! :)

Jessica - posted on 03/18/2010

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My son isn't really talking much at all, at his 15 mo. check up his Dr. asked if he had a 10 word vocab, I guess that's what he's "supposed" to have. I know he understands me, but I also read boys walk earlier than girls, but girls talk earlier than boys. I guess they'll do it when they're good and ready and not when the guidelines say they should..

Lucinda - posted on 03/18/2010

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I have a lil. boy and they say girls catch on more than boys. N so far i have believed that cuz my bf baby girl is 16 months (1 more older than my son) and she says about 12 words already, then i look at my son and he only says mama, dada, ball, nana (for banana), tank oh (thank you), pone ball (sponge ball) and thats about it. But then babies have ther own pace of learning too. I asked his doc. if he should be saying more but she said at 15 months they should have at least 3 or 4 words in ther vocabulary.

Stevie - posted on 03/18/2010

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my son is 16 months and his first word was mama now he would rather just say dada i cant get him to say anything else really he bales alot and says things that we catch when he bables but cant get anything else from him so who knows if he was really saying it i talk to him in his bable and i talk to him normally pretty much all the time he is around or wants to talk cuz sometimes he doesnt want to hang out with me ha but oh well im not ganna worry about it until my dr says i should

Heather - posted on 03/18/2010

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My daughter says, thank you , doggy, baby, nice, bye, hi, eye, uh oh, mama, dada, baba, poop, eww, so she says allot LOL I have noticed that the more you tlak to them like you would talk to anyone else instead of the baby talk the faster they pick up on words and I also repaeat things to her offten like when she wants a drink of something and does the wineing thing I say to her drink over and over till she stops whineing and actually acts like she is paying attention to what I am saying and she has recently started to attempt to say the word now when she is thirsty. So that is just a few suggestions, but you also have to keep in mind that some kids are just quieter than others and don't start talking as fast as some kids do I know my son didn't say near as much as my daughter at this age but then all of a sudden he just started talking away and the all of a sudden he was saying full sentances, so I don't think it is anything you should be concerned about.

Kristy - posted on 03/15/2010

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My son does the same thing!!! Made an appointment with a neurologist and then he began speaking words here and there. I think we are concerned moms. Everyone wants to ensure themselves that our baby is okay. Mobility is either the focus on development or their ability to speak. But... it is nice to be reassured that I am not the only one going through the same thing.

Kari - posted on 03/15/2010

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My 15 month old doesn't say much either, and i was getting worried but seeing all these comments, I know he is not alone. Omar will say daddy, mama, hi, and bye, but other than that it is just his own language.

Jenny - posted on 03/14/2010

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My two and a half year old just started talking a ton about 2 months ago, around 28 months. We were starting to get really worried. At 2 he was saying about 15-20 words but very few consistently. Now he repeats everything, knows tons of words, and is learning his colors and shapes and letters! It's amazing once they start. My second child, a girl, is 16 months and she knows about 10 words, maybe more. Repeats a lot of what she hears her big brother say. I think that's pretty common for kids to talk more if they are around older children a lot. Anyways, just wanted to say, don't worry! I'm sure he'll talk soon and once he starts repeating EVERYTHING you say, you will want to go back to the days of babbling sometimes! Just kidding. Good luck!

Lorraine - posted on 03/13/2010

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dont worry all kids r different holly is also 15 months & dose the same she is much slower than my son was,she has only done a couple of steps to, u wait it will come enjoy it while it can.

Bree - posted on 03/13/2010

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i have a 16 month old that dose the same thing! he can olny say 3 word's his doc said that he is behind and most 12-14 month old's sould say at least 10 word's so i am not to sure how meny word's your son is saying but if it's less then 10 then i guess he is behind like my son.

Lindsay - posted on 03/13/2010

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every child talks at different times there is no set time for them. i got 3 kids all of them start talking at different times.. he will talk when he is ready.:)

Anne - posted on 03/13/2010

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Freddie doesnt say proper words but does garble on about anything and everything even tho i cant understanded most of what he is on about. He understands more than he says. Words he does say are yeah, dada, mama, ball, ta,bed (berd is how it comes out), chair(?), and his first one he said was......HOOVER!! My child is going to be a clean freek as he id factinated with it and brushes!! x

He also will take my phone and talk and laugh down it and will do it for ages as if holding a full conversation. He also says bye and waves.

Amanda - posted on 03/12/2010

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My 15 month old says "this" when he points at things. "Mama", "Dada", "Bye" and waves at you. Utoh (which is his favorite word) "tickle" and makes a hand motion like you are going to tickle someone. "Bad" (and raises his hand to slap you) and he says No.

Julia - posted on 03/12/2010

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My 15 month old wasn't talking much -- just dada, momma and yeah. Then in the last two weeks he has started talking up a storm -- Is now saying baba, ball, bath, hi, bye, please and this (the word he says for everything that he doesn't know the name of). He knows what plenty of words mean though. I think comprehension matters more than the sounds he can actually produce yet.

Sabina - posted on 03/12/2010

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Hi Skye,my son also talks alot but no actual words....and the most funny thing is, he takes my mobile phone and pretends to be talking and making sounds moving from one point to another at the same time laughing and the only word i get to hear is papa,,mama,,buhuhu(imitates his little dog's sounds)So don't worry my dear...soon will get to hear what our little angels are saying.

Rachel - posted on 03/11/2010

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I think that it is just the age. My daughter is 16 months old and she says words like mama and dada and Troy, but she doesn't know to put together whole sentences yet. she had a huge leap in her word base over the past month though. So hopefully soon!

Monika - posted on 03/11/2010

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My daughter turned 15 months on the 25th of feburary and all she says is mama, dada, baba.. that is all.. she imitates the sounds of words but never says the actual words.. i guess babies talk at all different ages. I have a friend whos daughter is not even a year old and she started saying words that my daughter isn't even close to saying. I don't blame you for being concerned, I was too but seeing other parents asking the same questions, tell me it's normal. Just like some babies start getting teeth at all different ages. As long as you see that she understands words that YOU'RE saying.. like my daughter understands when i say, brush your teeth, bedtime, bathtime, juice, baby, kiss, bye, socks, elmo, no and stop it.. if your baby understand when you talk, one day she'll start saying those words when she's ready.

Effie - posted on 03/11/2010

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I wasn't sure how much mine should be talking by now either. He says dada and day-dee (Daisy is our dogs name). Once and awhile i get a mama, but not often. He says bye a lot.

ANNETTE - posted on 03/11/2010

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I've noticed here that there are a lot of different developmental progressions amongst the youngns ere. Everry child id different and every comment here has shown this!
It's amazing the amount of words in some children and very few that others speak. My son is on the latter end, not speaking real words, only mum and dad.
I also feel that its the understanding of the parents, as a parent, I know that some things that my son is saying, I don't realise, but I'm sure he says them all the time and I am unfortunately missing the meaning of the jibber that he is saying.
His cries are obvious, but words arn't so!! :-)

Julie - posted on 03/10/2010

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I was wondering about my daughter, because my son talked by now. She only says atty (fatty...our dog), addy (daddy), and aww man (when she spills or makes a mess). She says ma ma, but has been since she was 4 months.... so i don't think that one counts. She does know a couple baby signs. She just points and screams at whatever she wants lol. she did have a surgery for her cleft palate at 13 months and I wasn't sure if that made a difference in her talking.

Kirsty - posted on 03/10/2010

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I think my son is just lazy. I have 3 older kids who talk for him. He understands EVERYTHING! He does say odd words like bath, shower, hello, love you, dad, mum, ta, dog, woof, car and bot. He says other stuff that makes no sense and everything he tries to say starts with 'kkkk' lol. He tries his hardest to talk to me but he never gets out what it is he is thinking. If i ask him for something or to go to ap articular place ie get your bottle, go to the car, go for a shower, close the fridge etc, he does it. I am half worried only because his older siblings said words much sooner. The other part knows its different for each child and as I said already the older siblings don't help by talking for him ;-)

Bethany - posted on 03/10/2010

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Wow Thank you!? I just got "pease" :) Not to worry, my little girl is about 5 words, and then Hi and Daddy are really the only ones she'll say without prompting. Some kids just get that faster, supposedly I was speaking in complete senteces by 18 months (I dont know about that) but like i said, every kid is different.

Megan - posted on 03/10/2010

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i'm in the same spot, and my niece (one month younger) can say many works and has been able to for many months....every child is different. My son just jabbers all day. he can say a couple of things but refuses to on demand.
I just figure he's gonna wake up one day talking full sentences. LOL

Tania - posted on 03/10/2010

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My boy doesn't say much at all either. He's 16 months. But yes he definitely understands everything i say which is the most important thing to not be worried.

My daughter said soooo much more at this age, she even started counting and I can't say i've done much different (maybe read a little less). I think its totally the individual child and when they are ready.

As long as they understand what you are saying at this age then they'll probably all catch up by the time they are at school.

Keziah - posted on 03/10/2010

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Wow!! most of you moms are really lucky. my bby wont even say mama. just alot of babble......

Ileana - posted on 03/10/2010

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mine says Tease (Please), mama or mum, baba, Ma (granny), Pa or papa (grandad), ta or fank u (thank u), NO, Yes, wowo and sometimes og (dog), go, popo (poop), ba (barney), terry bear (teddy bear), boo (book), tea, juice, Milk, tips (chips), ssssss (sweets), lol....um and a few other words too!!! Sometimes i totally understand what she is asking for and other times i'm so lost i walk around like a headless chicken trying to find what she wants.

Flugel - posted on 03/09/2010

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My son will be 16 months on the 17th. He does not say too much either. He can say Mama and Dada which he started saying at about 10 months. He also says "juice" which he uses for all things in a bottle whether it be rooibos tea, milk, water or juice. He points to the light and makes a sound, but it does not sound like the word light. When he points to something we say the word for it out loud and clear and you can see he is trying to make the same sound but he does not get it right.
I am not worried though, My older son was a little later than his friends when he started saying words and now he speaks very very well. He will be turning 4 in May and he can answer the phone and have a conversation with whomever is on the other end.

Michelle - posted on 03/09/2010

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thats ok, my family visitor was here a few weeks ago and done his developmental check and your little boy sounds fine. I was asking someone and if he can't say 20 words by the time he is two, and other people have to understand what he says, then it will be time to worry. But right now your little one is doing great. Every kid learns things at different levels, some people say boys are slower learners, but I don't agree with that. My little one can say Mama but he doesnt need to as I am always here, he says Hi Daddy when the phone rings or the door opens. He just associates different words with different things is all. Enjoy your little one :)

Kaylyn - posted on 03/09/2010

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My daughter is 16 months and her pediatrician told me that at this age its mostly jabber. I have also read a child development book and it tells at what age children typically start something new. They usually start putting two words together at or around 18 months but they dont typically start REALLY talking until about 2 1/2 to 3. Hope this helps.

Louise - posted on 03/09/2010

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Hi,
Each child developes at a different rate. My daughter is 16 months and has over 30 words nite nite, shoes, fish, ta, muma, dada, juicy, etc. She can also repeat parts of rhymes like row row row your boat. Language is developed through repetition and rhyme and the will to communicate. If you imitate every sound your child makes they will be more inclined to make sounds and before you know it words will start to come out. The fact your child is babbling is a good sign. Children with language problems make no sounds at all and are referred to a specialist around the age of 2. Hope this helps

Melinda - posted on 03/09/2010

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Girl to be honest with you, you have nothing to worry about. All in time your lil man will be talking your ear off. My 15 month old daughter says basic things right now like: papas (food) baba (thirsty) mama, dada, dog, oma (grandma), opa (grandpa), pamper, hey, buh bye, moon, bath, ball, book, and some other words. All kids are different and some learn faster than others. My daughter plays the V-Tech smile baby game that hooks up to the tv and she learns a lot of things from that and I read to her a lot using different voices for different characters. She tries to say sentences but I can only understand a lil bit of what she says. I'm sure that everything is just fine with your son. Just interact with him as much as possible. Good luck and more words will come out I'm sure.

Kristi - posted on 03/08/2010

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Wes understands a lot of things, even though he isn't saying anything. He can follow directions that are full sentences ... I prefer it this way - he knows what I am saying, listens, and can't talk back - I think I will enjoy this while it lasts!!

Anna - posted on 03/08/2010

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The level he is talking now is normal. We were wondering as well about our daughter however it says by 2 they should know more one word answers. Him saying "thank you" combine is actually advanced for his age. (According to my husbands psych. book, the two words) Also it says they can understand about 50 words however they are only saying a few now.

Roxanne - posted on 03/08/2010

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Mine is 15 1/2 months. And she just started saying mama like 2 weeks ago. She says "addy" (daddy), but she says alot of words: bottle, juice, shoe, sock, this, dora, minnie, gabba, nite nite, ball, meow, baby, tickle, yeah and much more. I used to read her quite often, then i had oral surgery so i cut back a little. She started watching nick jr and her vocabulary just expanded.

Kristi - posted on 03/08/2010

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Mine doesn't talk AT ALL ... no worries - they will talk in their own time!

Amy - posted on 03/08/2010

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same here, alot of babbling, not alot of actual words. we've got mama, dada, pepere (grandfather), hi, dog (he says gog), he woofs like a dog, cat (kak). all in their own time, before we know it we won't be able to shut em up ;)

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