Where is your 23mo. old on speech?

Andrea - posted on 09/09/2009 ( 31 moms have responded )

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HI- I know all children hit milestones at different times but it seems like my 3rd (son) seems to be totally fine with his limited vocabulary. There are many words and names he can say, but alot of times he may go a week without saying them. He is my third child (with two older sisters) and some say that may be why the delay. He says all the basics mom, dad, cracker, snack, NO,mine etc., but not much beyond the basic one word request'. Where is your 23 mo. old at?

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Nora - posted on 10/12/2009

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My son will be two on oct 25th and he doesn't say many words. I freaked because he was a premature baby. I have been attending play groups with a therapist, swimming lessons and gym classes. It seems that he is picking up on more words, but he still can't put together two word sentences. He is an only child and I know that I give him everything without him having to ask. I am not too worried because he understands directions. The classes seem to work more than my interventions.

Tasha - posted on 10/11/2009

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Well my boys were born 15 wks. premature so one boy says 20-30 words and the other one says mabey 10 words not even. But one is a little more developed than the other one. It takes a lot to get them to learn new words also. It takes me at least a wk to teach one boy one word.

Andrea - posted on 10/08/2009

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A main reason for speech delay in little ones is a hearing problem. This may go unnoticed for the most part until it comes to speech. My niece is an office manager at an Ear Nose and Throat Dr's office, and gave me this info. She sees tons of kids a month with delayed speech who end up having a mild to profound hearing loss. Just some food for thought.

I guess I'm lucky in that Keelin speaks a lot and speaks very clearly. She averages about 5-7 words per sentence, and even strangers can understand her. The only word she sometimes struggles with is "cream" as in butt-cream, she wants to say "pream" but we're working on it!

Tiffany - posted on 10/07/2009

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My 23 month old boy seems to be alot like the other 23 month old boys with older sisters, He cant get a word in edgewise!! I have mentioned several times to plunket nurse and doctors but because he understands and can follow instructions they arent worried about him. I am waiting for his sister to start school so he can have some time at home to talk without her around! I am picking he will talk in sentances from the get go!!

His sister was the complete oposite and was talking sentances from 18months old. It just goes to show that they are all different

Karen - posted on 10/04/2009

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My daughter doesn't talk ... she was a late walker (21 months) & is a late talker. She is my 3rd child & always has people talking for her (I can thank her older brothers for that lol). She does see a speech therapist 2 times a month, but I don't think it helps at all. Toddlers do things on their own terms ... if they don't want to talk, they won't until they are ready. All's you can do is keep on teaching them & reading to them & loving them ... they will eventually talk!

Dana - posted on 10/04/2009

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Quoting Beccy:

dont feel bad, my 23 mo. old son only uses 1 word sentences! i think its b/c his 4 yr old sister does all the talking/requests for them, lol...his pedi says thats totally normal...i def wouldn't worry hun!!! hope to help :)


Exactly the same here. My little girl has always been a talker so Logan doesn't really need to talk much because Avery says it all for him. He has said a lot of words but he doesn't put them together yet

Andrea - posted on 10/03/2009

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Thanks everyone for the helpful info, most was very encouraging and put me at ease. In the last two weeks Caden's vocabulary has EXPLODED, its crazy how much he has started talkng in such a short amount of time.Yet it was very difficult after having 2 girls first and they both were talking ALOT by the age of 2, but I have come to learn boys (at least mine) are soo much different than girls in many differnt ways. I have also had the wonderful oppertunity to be a SAHM with all of my children and I have worked with him constantly, when I kinda backed off thats when he really started talking. I also think when my older girls started school he had more of an oppertunity to get a word in edgewise, and realized that he had to talk himself to get what he wanted rather than them doing and saying everything for rhim. Again thanks everyone and enjoy your little ones 2nd birthday this month. WOW their 2!!

Karah - posted on 10/03/2009

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I have the same problem. My son will be two tomorrow and some people say he isn't talking that good. Others say he's talking fine. I'm a little concerned but quite a bit of people told me one ... he's a boy, girls tend to talk faster than boys. And two... that he probably won't stop talking once he hits 3 years old. I think it will be a matter of time before your little boy starts talking. :)

Kim - posted on 10/03/2009

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my son doesnt say very much i would say he has about 20-25 words he uses on a regular basis but i wouldnt be too concerned each kid talks at their own pace yours will start talking when he is ready

Rebecca - posted on 10/02/2009

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I wouldn't worry too much about it. I've heard that younger siblings don't develop speach as fast. My oldest is 23 months and she talks non-stop. She talks in sentences most of the time. It amazes me sometimes what she says. The other day she was watching a video and I stood in her way and she said "Excuse me Mama, I wanna watch the elephants!" However my friends son who is 24 months, is just starting to talk more. All children develop differently and they say that boys are slower than girls.

Tracy - posted on 10/02/2009

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My son Evan has a 5 year old big sister. He is speaking more and more. He uses short sentences and can say his big sister's name - Cassidy. She has taught him how to count to ten! Not to worry- enjoy the quiet!

Wendy - posted on 10/02/2009

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I would suggest having your child assessed by a speech-language-pathologist. They can offer support and suggestions on how to build your child's spoken vocabulary. I know where I am, there is a long waiting list, 6-8 months, so getting your name on a list now would be good. then when it's his turn to be assessed, maybe everything will be fine, but better to get the ball rolling just in case. Good luck

Marisa - posted on 09/25/2009

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i have a daughter that just turned 3 in august and she has always been ahead of kids her age so when my son who will be 2 wasnt talkin as much as her but he is sayin and has been sayin folr awhile the basics but can combind whats this whats that whos this whos that things he wants to know and he does use the words he knows constantly

Cortney - posted on 09/25/2009

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My son is 23 Months and he is my first, and it suprises me how much he says. He says Mom watch this, off,up,mac and cheese, popcorn, this is my nanna, how are you, Have a good day, Doctor and I could go on. He says so much but I do hear that the first child speaks more than the your 2nd and 3rd

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Hi Andrea! I just posted a question with the same concerns. Mine says words even more basic, and also has 2 older sisters. She doesn't say no, mine, snack, or food of any sort. I feel awful wondering if I fell behind on her teaching, than I did with my older two. I will read the replies to your post, and see if that will help me too. :o)

Brittani - posted on 09/23/2009

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My son is saying so much! he talks all the time and tells everyone his mind. right now he can ask for things, respond to questions and repeats everything ppl say to him. he can do about 5 letters of the alphabet, and counts up to 5 with numbers.

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I Only have 1 child and she's always around adults! So she is already speaking 5-7 word sentences! She amazes me every day!! She will repeat EVERYTHING she hears! Her Fav words are Elephant, Kitty, Doggie or puppie, and outside. lol. but she can tell you what she wants no matter what it is. Lol

Ronica - posted on 09/18/2009

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My 22 month old started putting sentences together at about 18 months and she can have a full conversation with you understanding everything she says and that we are saying. But every child learns on their own time and thier own way...

Katerina - posted on 09/17/2009

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I also have a son at 23 months, and although he only has one older sister I am starting to realize that the main reason he does not talk much is because he is not allowed a word in edge-wise! My daughter (3yrs 7 months) is a talkaholic, she spoke at 7 months and was stringing sentences together perfectly by 12-14 months... Naturally girls are inclined to speak earlier than boys, but I think because she came first and I don't have as much free time for my son as I did with her at his age. Also she set the bar quite high so I was in your position too until recently- my sister-in-law is a speech therapist and when I spoke to her she basically told me that if he can communicate his needs, say a few words and make distinct sounds (aaa,ooo,eee etc) he will be fine in his own time. Also, my thoughts- you know your son, if you think he is not understanding you as well as not displaying enough understanding of his surroundings do get him assessed. It will put your mind at ease if nothing else, but going on what you have said I think he is fine and just taking his time... Hope this helped!

Adf0905 - posted on 09/14/2009

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My daughter is doing really well with her speech. She started putting two word sentences together around 18 months and can now put longer sentences together...sometimes 5 or 6 words long. She's learning more challenging words as well. Her latest is delicious. She speaks very clearly...complete strangers can totally understand her.

April - posted on 09/14/2009

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Quoting Brandi:

I only have one child, Taela, who will be 2 on October 4th. She is doing great with her speech. She speaks in sentences, knows her ABC's, can count to 15 with no help and she also knows sign language. I attribute all of this to the fact that I am a stay at home mom and that she is an only child. It has been a very interesting time watching her grow and mature. I would recommend you look at a site called mybabycanread.com . Just look through it and you will be impressed, it can be used on children as young as 3 months old. Good luck!


Hello.. my little one will be 2 the begining of October as well and he is an only child and I am sahm as well.  He can count to 13 and puts sentences together also.  No sign language, but he is getting his ABC's as well.

Kayla - posted on 09/14/2009

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Mine says over 100 words and talks in sentences...can count to 4......She is above average but we would be perfectly fine if she wasn't. My nephew who is only 7 weeks older than her can only say mama and kaykay and just learned to wave by and we're perfectly fine with that as well.......some kids just dont think adults deserve to hear them talk i guess......mine thinks everyone needs to hear her..lol......dont worry about it he will come around and be fine....just give him time

Desiree'Ann - posted on 09/12/2009

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my daughter will be 2 on oct 14th and she says almost everything. She even joins short sentences. She started speaking early compared to my nephew who is a year older than she is but hardly says half of what she says.
but all kids are different...just give him time.

Rachael - posted on 09/12/2009

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My 23 month old just started saying a few words besides mom and daddy last weekend. I figure in a few months we won't be able to keep him quiet (just like his 6 year old brother)

Lisa - posted on 09/11/2009

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We were a little concerned about my 23 month old daughter's speech until very recently. She would say a few words and not even try to say more. She suddenly exploded one day and is now saying lots of 2 and 3 word statements and suddenly started trying to say back every single word we say to her. Hang in there-it will happen.

Brandi - posted on 09/11/2009

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I only have one child, Taela, who will be 2 on October 4th. She is doing great with her speech. She speaks in sentences, knows her ABC's, can count to 15 with no help and she also knows sign language. I attribute all of this to the fact that I am a stay at home mom and that she is an only child. It has been a very interesting time watching her grow and mature. I would recommend you look at a site called mybabycanread.com . Just look through it and you will be impressed, it can be used on children as young as 3 months old. Good luck!

Gail - posted on 09/11/2009

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My son is a late talker as well. At about 20 months he had only about 5 words he used on a regular basis. I wasn't that concerned because my oldest was a late talker, granted not this late, and Will understood everthing we said and could follow directions if asked. I did have him evaluated by early intervention and we discovered he has a speech delay of about 55%. He started getting speech therapy in August and has progressed so much. His vocabulary increased daily and we are starting to work on putting 2 word together.

Each child is different, if you are concerned discuss it with your dr. and see what they say. I may have waited a bit longer for the evaluation on Will, but because he need PT and OT for his arm I had it done by the state early intervention program which was free.

Beccy - posted on 09/11/2009

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dont feel bad, my 23 mo. old son only uses 1 word sentences! i think its b/c his 4 yr old sister does all the talking/requests for them, lol...his pedi says thats totally normal...i def wouldn't worry hun!!! hope to help :)

Tracey - posted on 09/11/2009

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My 23 month old son who is also my third is my talker. He talks nonstop putting several words together and he can repeat anything you say clearly all he has to do is hear it once and he picks it up. But he is also my wild child into EVERYTHING! I was worried about my middle sons speech when he was about 2 because what he did say was very hard to understand and didn't seem to be improving. But if your son has several words that you can clearly understand and he is slowly expanding his vocabulary his probably fine. it may make a difference that your older 2 our girls, their probably more likely to talk for him and baby him my older 2 are boys. Anyway my middle sons speech was still very uncleaar at 3 his MD finally agreed that he needed speech and when I took him to be evaluated the said he has a severe delay in articulation, and he has been receiving speech since then. When you take him for his 2 year check I'm sure your md will go over what the norm is.

Laura - posted on 09/10/2009

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My son has quite a few words, but doesn't put them together. Just one word statements. He will usually repeat the last word I say when I ask him to say something, but never 2 words together. Last week, his friend at daycare who will be 2 this month repeated, "I have 4 shovels". I was shocked. Neither have siblings.

Pam - posted on 09/10/2009

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I have 2 boys 11 and 13 Lexi will be 2 in Oct She is the same way Parents as teachers told me because she is younger she doesn't have the need to talk as much and not to worry by 3 we won't be able to get her to stop talking! As long as they can communicate their needs and dislikes and take direction they are great!.

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