How many words does your one year old say

Danielle - posted on 02/21/2010 ( 33 moms have responded )

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my son joshua really doesnt talk that much, i mean he can say momma, dada, byebye, dog, kittiy, fish, he know what he wants and he gets the pointa across, i m just worried about his speech

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Nichole - posted on 02/22/2010

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U know a lot of times Javier (my 1 yr old) will go into these spells where he just blah blah blahs & we nod as though we understand him. We say real (not baby) words 2 him, & he mimicks us. Babies are really good "copy-cats" lol. Try talking 2 him more, & if you think u understand what he's trying 2 say coach him a little. When big Javier gets 2 close 2 "mommy" Javier Jr will tell him "go" or "get up" . Some children are just quiet. My 6 yr old didnt say much until she was almost 3! Now.....she's a talking machine! Give him a little more time b4 u start 2 worry.

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Christine - posted on 09/14/2011

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My son is 2 and is in speech they said he needs to use 4 words in a sentence.

Kristin - posted on 09/11/2011

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I counted my daughter's words when she was 14 months, and she could say 30!!!! My son is turning 1 in a week, and he says Mama, Dada, and MAYBE "hello" and "Lambie" But that's debatable. Mostly it's still just 'bah' and 'gah' etc. :-) I think as long as your baby seems to understand some of what you're saying, then I wouldn't be worried at all!

Michelle - posted on 09/07/2011

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My bebee girl is 19 months, she has a quite a few words down ... still baby talk but she says:
Baba, Nums, Milk, Daddy, Momma, Puppy, Cat Cat, Airplane, Truck, Car, Apple, Ball, Blanket, Remote, Aunty, Uncle, Swing, Go, Stop, All Done, Off, Uppy, walk, Park, Cow, Horsie, Bum Bum, Poo Poo ... ha, she is silly.

Kate - posted on 09/02/2011

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i agree read every day, try to talk to him not in baby voice. my son was a lazy bones didnt want to walk but talked we read to him alot since he was little. but that is alot of words for a one year old. my son is 19 mo and jsut recently started expanding his vocabulary. sounds like your doing what your supposed to :) my only thought is maybe if he wants his cup make him try to say cup before you give it to him. but im sure he will be babbling away in no time

Keilada - posted on 08/28/2011

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Yeah, I was a little worried too so I decided to find more information about it and this website popped up.

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I have five kids my youngest being 17 month old twin boys, Who don't have any words other than Hi. My oldest son had a speech delay and did not talk until he was four. Even though my twins don't have any words they show all the proper signs of talking soon. i.e babbling, mimicking, and lost of different sounds. With my older son he was 2 before the was any real concern. I was always told that boys talk latter ( which I do believe) and that he would talk when he was ready. But looking back he did not every really babel. He went to speech therapy for a year and talks fine now and is doing really well in school. In my opinion if you are worried have them evaluated as waiting list can be long. But chances are that your child with start talking soon and you will wish they would stop.

Katie - posted on 03/01/2010

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My daughter only said three words at one year: momma, dadda, and hi. We started teaching her some sign language and that has actually been working nicely.
Don't worry too much about it, two of my brothers were late talkers and they're both very smart. It just depends on what the kid deems most important to learn and what their vocal cords are capable of.

Cheryl - posted on 02/28/2010

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my daughter is 16 months and she only says a few words as well, moma, daddy, baby, hi, bye, baba. She is very smart, she knows all her animals and the sounds that each animal makes, her colors and we are working on numbers and letters nows. Its amazing how fast they pick everything up and how they hold the information, I think they really start talking when they are ready. I am not worried about it.

Smita - posted on 02/26/2010

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Hello Danielle,I have a 16 month old daughter and she is doing fine I just want to tell you that all the children are not the same some are quick learners ,some are quick walkers, while some are just laid back,they like to observe and watch ,don't worry it will be fine he will learn when he is ready,don't force him,take it easy you could use helping aids to encourage him,like audio visual aids,like rhyms, storey time videos,talking toys and you need to sing songs your self a lot of action songs,trust me it helps and once he starts believe me you'll want him to stop..lol.He'll be fine God bless you take care.

Joanna - posted on 02/25/2010

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Has anyone used my baby can read? My son is 16 months and he does say a few words but if there was a way to help increase his vocabulary that would be great!

Mary Beth - posted on 02/25/2010

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Mine doesn't say any definitive words. She is having her evaluation by First Steps tomorrow. I am not overly concerned, but it doesn't help to have her looked at. She is 16 months, by the way.

Loren - posted on 02/25/2010

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my 16 month old doesn't speak. he is the youngest of three and it doesn't surprise me at all. my daughter was talking up a storm at this point and he barely even says dada. he does babble and verbalize a lot and he will catch up eventually. if he hasn't said a few words by 18 months, we might start seeing what needs to be done. he does follow directions and remembers all kinds of things (where did you leave your cup...he goes and gets it for you, etc). every child is just so different. as long as i know he is comprehending what i say and he is able to get his point across, i won't stress. i did try sign language with him and he just refused. tried with my middle child too and he started talking before the sign language even caught on.

Brooke - posted on 02/25/2010

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A 16 month old only needs to be able to say 7 words to be normal according to my pediatrician. I am sure that your child can say many more if you can think of six off the top of your head. It is also normal for a toddler of this age to be able to speak and simply choose not to. Try not to worry too much. As the mother of 4 I have learned that the more you worry the more harm it does to the child. They can tell, and they think something might be wrong. Enjoy your little one, they aren't little long.

Niki - posted on 02/24/2010

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my daughter is 16 months and is not saying alot of single words like my other friends kids but she can sometimes make statements like what is that and who is that, and a few other things but we are also speaking to her in french and english, so she sometimes seems to be behind some other kids, but i think it might be because we are speaking 2 languages to her, but she understands what we are saying to her or asking her to do in either french or english, some kids just take a little more time to get there little tongues wrapped around the language, but if u ask questions to her and she understands u, then i would not get to upset by it, in 2 weeks time she might just start spewing out words to ur surprise

Jaime Camille - posted on 02/24/2010

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Don' worry about it. Sounds like he has a fair number of words. Alyssa (16mos) has over 100 words, but we have been doing sign language with her since she was 4 months old. Check out the library "Signing Time" is the name of the DVD series. Alyssa loves them and has learned a lot from them. She actually speaks almost as well as her cousin who is 1 year older than her!

Jessica - posted on 02/24/2010

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my son chayce says the normal hi,dada , mama, vegas(dos name)cat,sounds like hat but not the t on the end,baba.he can yell for his brothers not clear but only because i yell they're name.funny when he does that.

Vicki - posted on 02/24/2010

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I would not worry at all. I have Four girls and all of them are different. My 6 year old was the last to walk and talk but she is very clever now. She does all her 7 year old sisters homework for her and is top of her class. Children do things when they are ready and it does not mean that that wont turn out very bright if they are late starters

LACHELLE - posted on 02/24/2010

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talk to his dr my daughter is 16 months and only says mama. her dr refured us to babies can't wait. some will come to your house and see what they think then go from there. my oldest is 5 and he didn't start talking until 4 and we now know that he has ASD, SPD, DD, ADHD, anxity, MR.

Jenni - posted on 02/24/2010

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Its nothing to worry about at this point. I believe average is around 10 words or so anyway. My husband and i are always talking and i babysit two kids. I think that has helped our 15 month old because she can put two words together for short sentences and says about 60 words! Try going to play dates with children a little older to encourage him to speak. Talk with adult words but simple like if you are getting him dressed say what you want him to say. "pants On" instead of we need to hurry up and get ready to go for example. Worked for us. Good luck im sure he is right on track!

Lanette - posted on 02/23/2010

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my twins are 16 months and my sons says words but then my daughter understands every command i tell her. So i think you have no worries. she sings alot also.

Syafikshila - posted on 02/23/2010

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I'm also worried about speech development on my son. My 16 months old son just can says mama, papa, nana (banana), fish, want and he always babbling in baby language a lots. When I found that many parents also facing this problem thru the comments here, I feel better.

Actually, eventhough my son dont speak much at his age, he can understand what we are talking and he is very smart boy. People says that baby development is different to one another. Some baby can crawl, speak or walk earlier and others maybe not. My son can walk at 10 months (I think its early) and maybe for speaking he takes some times to catch up. When thinking about that, I feel calm and proud about my son.

Shanda - posted on 02/23/2010

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I have had the same concerns with my twin boys. So concerned, to the point of taking them to the doctor to find out if there was a hearing problem. My 12 year old son was saying sentences at 14 months and since my twins are 16 months, I am expecting more than their existing vocabulary. They will NOT say momma, mommy, or mom. One of them says Daddy, they both say "cackuh" for cracker, and "ight" for light and one says "eye" and points to my eye or his ear. That's as far as it gets. I can't help but to worry. The doctor tested their hearing and found hearing loss in one of the twins' left ear, but that was it. He kept reassuring me that premature babies and babies who spend time in the NICU have a higher chance of developmental delay. Your son
seems to be communicating excellently for a one year old! I wouldn't be overly concerned. Einstein didn't speak until he was 4.

Michele - posted on 02/23/2010

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my 16 month old says too many words to count. It is amazing of the words and the full sentences that she says. anything that you say she can repeat or try to repeat.. It really helps that she has an older brother that is 5 and he does not ever stop talking..

Briana - posted on 02/23/2010

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oh and I don't attribute those words to the baby can read program. He started that at 4 months and by 6 months was done, so passed the 30 day period when you could return it for your money back. We read and talk a lot and

Briana - posted on 02/23/2010

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if try yourbaby can read do the trial first. It didn't work with my son, 16 months now, he got bored with it. But he does say quite a few words and babbles a lot. he says uh-oh, buh bye (we are from texas and he has a really thick drawl.), more with the sign , done-done and throws his hands up, da da, mama, muwah (kiss), hi,cup, binkie, duncan, dog, kitty, book, no,yuck,good, truck, car, hot,gonna get it(he wants to go get it),kick(as in kick the ball), good, fun, color, and a few more I can't remember. He can follow directions really well when he feels like turning on his listening ears, but I don't expect that often since he's not quite 15 months. Some words aren't real clear, but they are clear enough to get the point across.

Krissy - posted on 02/23/2010

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I started using your baby can read with my daughter at 3 months and since 9 months she has been communicating. At around 12 months she started saying a bunch of words - now at 16 months she is well over 200 words. I would bet it had to do with the program, maybe give that a shot..?

Beth - posted on 02/23/2010

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My 16th Month old is a bit of a chatterbox. Its just me and her so there is a lot of one on one reading, chatting and singing. I think I've described what Im doing as I do it since she was born. (Thats not to say I don't zone out sometimes and realise I haven't spoken to her for a while.lol) She can count to 15 and has a vocabulary of about 50-60 words and knows most of the animal noises. She also talks her own language ALOT of the time but it has the speech patterns of normal talking. "What is that? she tends to ask alot of the time if she doesn't know it what something is. I also started baby signing with her at around 8-9 months as I have a lot of deaf friends. You can get books with DVDS that show you how to do this.
I was lucky enough to fall pregnant at around the same as 2 of my friends and our daughters are 4 days and 4 weeks apart. The best thing that we've learnt from that is that kids definately do develope at completely different times. One of them spoke first, one of them walked first, started teething etc etc. The 3 of them love being together and its almost like they encourage the other ones to catch up with the stage they're at. One of them doesn't talk anywhere near as much as the other 2 and is the eldest and has about 5 adults living in the house with her. I guess what I'm saying is the same as everyone else on here that I wouldn't really worry about it but if you did want to encourage talking then spending time with talking peers and a lot of one on one does help.

Jen - posted on 02/23/2010

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My daughter is 16 months and is in our local early intervention program (birth-to-3 type program), she's had one speech therapist visit and will be having another soon. She has only a couple of clear words that she uses regularly - Mama and Dah. Sometimes Hi. Sometimes Bye but it's really more like Baaaah. Once in awhile just out of the blue she'll come up with something like "See Ya!" and we all kind of /look/ at her and are all flabbergasted, and then she never says it again. She makes all kinds of speech-like noises, her babbling sounds exactly like conversation ... just in some strange foreign language I don't understand. (We think she's skipping English and is going straight to Klingon as her first language. Her version of "graham cracker" is "grah grah GRRRRRRRRRRRR".)

Anyway, if you're worried about his speech, talk to his doctor about it. Make sure he/she understands exactly what you're worried about, get a goal plan together, get concrete recommendations on what exactly you can do to help your son with language acquisition. If the doctor doesn't know how to help you with that, get a referral to someone who does.

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Karen - posted on 02/22/2010

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my son is 16 months and hasnt talked yet, we are actually having him looked at by the birth-3 program for speech therapy. by the age of 18 months they should be saying 25 words. the birth-3 is a great program, my older son had problems with fluid in his ears and didnt talk either so he did speech therapy and now everyone comments on how well he talks for a 4 year old. they do free evaluations and most people can get free therapy if there is a true problem. so if you are at all concerned, just call your local program and get a evaluation. doesnt hurt to get a professional opinion, and its free. some parents cringe at the word therapy, but is best to give your kid the best start at life that you can. getting help now means less problems in the future.

Jonna - posted on 02/22/2010

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Lexie is such a chatter box!!!!! She can say tons of things, she knows over a dozen animal sounds and also some of the A B C song and colors. I am doing preschool at home with my 3 year old..... She picks up on stuff we are doing, such as counting. She can count to 4, just from listening to our older child. Each child is different so there is no reason to worry.
What does the Dr say?!?!?!? I wouldn't worry if the Dr doesn't say anything...

September - posted on 02/22/2010

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I would not worry so much. I would just suggest that you work with him as much possible. Include him in your conversations, read and sing to him every day and he will get there. Our son say's so many that I've lost count :) The last time we did write them all down which was over 2 months ago we counted 50 or so. Now at 16 months our son is putting words together (3 at most). We spend a lot of one on one time together read, playing, singing and just talking to one another. There are a ton of books that you could read about language development as well. Good luck!

Sarah - posted on 02/21/2010

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I have a 16 month old who barely says anything. She is starting to mimic a lot of sounds like words. But really only says momma and dada. She is so smart though she understands what we say or tell her to do. She does her own sign language lol to get her point across.

Our 4 yr old was the same really quiet but very smart. and then one day the words just starting flowing out. dont worry im sure he is right on track.

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