I'm getting nervous about my son's speech development.

Jennifer - posted on 03/18/2009 ( 20 moms have responded )

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He babbles constantly. He'll walk up to strangers and tell them great stories with hand gestures and all, but using no real words. He knows several letters (A, B, C, E, I, O, T, P, G, etc) and LOVES the alphabet. BUT he only knows a few words (no, wow, yeah, ba (for ball), and jes (for Jesus). He has never addressed me as mommy. He has said dada but not while trying to address daddy. Is this normal for an 18 1/2 month old boy?

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Heather - posted on 03/18/2009

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my second child was like that. She would have these conversations with me with so much emotion and she was so serious about it. It was all babble and no words. She turned out fine. Right now she is 6 and she has such a huge vocabulary and reads so much better than all the kids in her class. Her speach was really clear when she did really start talking.
My son is 18 months old and until yesterday didn't say much. Everything was "mom". He's babbling alot now and he's trying to sound out new things. I wouldn't be too concerned.

Ashley - posted on 03/18/2009

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my son mostly babbles as well. Again elaborate stories. but he also knows alot of words or has some sort of association for an object. If he knows and loves the alphabet he is probably getting ready for an explosion of words.I knew a little girl who went from barely talking to chatting with sentances! Turns out she would talk in her bedroom before she fell asleep and I guess one day she was ready to show everyone. I am not an expert or anything though :( so if you are really concerned talk to a child specialist it can't hurt anything. I hope your son is talking up a storm soon!

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Stacey - posted on 03/30/2009

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It is pretty normal for boys to be verbally slower. Like Alaina said, as long as he is understanding what you are saying and says at least 5 words you are fine. Take comfort in all the development that you are seeing.

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my son addresses his dad as dada and me mama. he says hi to strangers. he says other words such as more, nana (banana), cookie, kicken (chicken), poopy, pipi, uredy (are you ready), he talks away in his room before he goes to sleep. the only sentence he has put together is " i see you" from peek a boo. apart from all that i cant make out the endless conversation he has with me. lol

Carol - posted on 03/28/2009

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my lo aged 18 months is the same . he babbles several sentences, tells wonderful stories to anyone he comes across and has some hand gestures. we only have the words cup, dadda, but today he actually said dadda sleep (his dad was sleeping at the time being a night worker). I know that he understands what we say to him and will carry out tasks that are asked of him. he loves to count in his babble to five as well, laying out 5 cars or bricks etc.



this is my third child but he is by far the one who is going to talk later. i do wonder if it could be because he has 2 older siblings aged 14 and 12 and has no real need to talk.

Sarah - posted on 03/28/2009

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Hi everyone!

Just remember, no babies go by the book!

My daughter has got a vocab of about 20 words and has started to use 2/3 word sentances, yet when my son was this age, I was able to have full conversations with him!

My eldest daughter only had a few words by this age and now she's 8, can't shut her up!

My friends son, who's coming up 3, doesn't even talk as much as my 18 month daughter.

Angela - posted on 03/27/2009

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Don't feel bad my son has not called me mommy either. He has said daddy for ever. If I say-say mommy-he says daddy!! I am glad to hear I am not the only one. My son also, says a ton but not much we can understand, He says this, that, right there, thanks, daddy, ditter (sister). But we have made up some signs of our own to help. He says please etc with gestures. He knows what he wants it is just hard for us to understand. He also sings songs to the T on rythm but unknown words. I think in the next month or so we are not going to be able to get a word in edge wise!! Hang in there. Maybe we dont want to know what they are saying LOL!!!

JIll - posted on 03/27/2009

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I too am having the exact same problem with my son...He watche "Wheel of Fortune"and can blurt out a,e,i,o,u..He can say Ball,Ma Yeah but not the 16 words the peds.want them to be doing so i can relate to your struggle.My peds. suggested Early Intervention..Im un decided..

Shannon - posted on 03/25/2009

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That makes me feel better. My daughter is the same way. At Christmas she was saying dog to everything and now she is on night night or nana but that would make word 5 that I have been able to figure out. She talks in babble but few " real " words. but she signs done, more, up, shakes her head no and can follow instructions so I guess she is doing pretty good but I really would like her to tell me what she wants!!!!

Steffanie - posted on 03/25/2009

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My daughter knows about 10 signs (5 of them are animals lol!) but doesn't really speak in English yet, it's all still baby babble. But, she does comprehend plenty. For example, if I say, where's daddy? she'll point him out. Or Ill tell her to "throw this in the garbage" and she will. So I'm not too worried-as long as she understands I'm ok!

Jessica - posted on 03/23/2009

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My son is the EXACT same way! he has loads to tell everyone...in his own little language of course. he has yet to adress me as 'mommy'. He has said mama on occasion, mostly when he is upset or angry. He hasnt called my husband daddy either. He understands everything I say and knows what a ball is, or the garbage, or kitchen table and where his bedroom and blanket is. I wouldnt worry too much. Some kids just dont want to talk yet. He will one day though and then you will be wondering how to keep him quiet:) Good Luck!

Holly - posted on 03/22/2009

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Just remember Einstein did not talk until he was 4. Also, although not much comparison otherwise my husband nephew and brother in law barely talked until 3 and all are now normal, bright, college educated, adults with good vocabularies!!! All children do things at different ages (I just wish pediatricians wouldn't make us worry so much about

EVERYTHING)

Jennifer - posted on 03/21/2009

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Mine does the same thing and his peditrician said he will be talking anytime now. It doesn't happen the same time for every child.

Katie - posted on 03/20/2009

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I am in a very similar boat with my son. Babbling, associating, communicating, completely comprehending, has about a 7-10 word vocab but doesn't use them all the time or when asked. It is so nice to know other kids doing the same thing.

Allison - posted on 03/20/2009

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As long as he understands and is communicating, I wouldn't worry. My son calls my husband "Elmo," doesn't call him daddy, we don't know why, lol.

Jennifer - posted on 03/19/2009

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Ashley, Heather, and Alaina — thank you so much! Your experiences have put my mind at ease... I will talk to his pediatrician at the next visit, but in the meantime I'll stop worrying! Thanks again!!

Alaina - posted on 03/19/2009

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My son is the SAME way! He knows "dada" "mama" "more" and signs "more" and "ball" and some other words but doesn't talk! He'll babble and use hand gestures to tell stories and talk most of the time. I too was concerned for a little while because my older son was at least talking in 3 word sentences by this age, and was more toddler-ish, but my youngest right now is still SO baby-ish! LoL! I talked to my pediatrician about it and she said as long as he's saying 5 words and mentally comprehends what people are saying to him and telling him what to do it's perfectly normal. Which my son is VERY smart, he just doesnt want to talk! All kids learn at a different speed, and as long as your pediatrician doesn't show concern and you've talked to them about it, your child will be fine!

Jennifer - posted on 03/18/2009

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I should also add, he knows and uses the sign for "more". But that's it for signing.

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