16 month old not saying any words

Kelly - posted on 01/27/2010 ( 14 moms have responded )

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My 16 month old son doesn't not talk yet. I'm starting to get concerned. He jabbers on in his own language, but no real words. If I tell him to say Mama, he'll say mamamamama, or for dada, dadadada. He used to say up and now isn't saying that even. ANyone have any suggestion? He just started walking too.

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Shana - posted on 01/28/2010

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My son is also 16 months and doesn't say a word. He just jabbers and will point to things and say "dah". I asked my pediatrician about it and he said not to worry as long as he jabbers and can follow simple directions.

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My Sept 27th 2008 baby only says 3 words - down, daddy & socks! She has been trying to say orange for the last couple of days but it comes out as ohaiiii. Because I have an older child who was a really late talker I'm less worried about it than others are. If you have no concerns about your child's ability to hear, annunciate, or understand don't worry. All children develop new skills at their own pace. If you think there may be a physical issue or your child doesn't understand then you should definately seek professional advice just to be on the safe side. If intervention is needed, the earlier the child gets it the better.
Good luck x

Tiffany - posted on 02/09/2010

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My son is going on 17 months he doesn't really talk much either. He says mommy, Daddy, & used to say bubba & bye, But he doesn't say those now. I have mentioned this to his pediatrician but they think its from him having a paci & him being around Spanish & English.

Jessica - posted on 02/05/2010

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My daughter just started saying things that were understandable! I asked the pediatrician at our 15 month check-up, and he said that as long as she understands what you're saying, than she's fine. The doc's want words and two word sentences by the second birthday. If I tell my daughter to throw something away, she'll go put it in the garbage. If I tell her no, she'll stop what she's doing and look at (sometimes). It all comes down to being understood rather than understnading them. I still don't know what she's saying half the time, sometimes it sounds like she's yelling at me! Good luck!

Shelly - posted on 02/04/2010

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I asked my pediatrician about the same concern. She told me that if he uses the same sound for the same object then its a word. Even if other people don't understand what he is saying it is still talking. I bet if you listen you may find out he is trying to talk. I have noticed some of the same sounds being repeated in my son. I have also quit trying to anticipate his needs so that he is forced to communicate his needs a little more. This has resulted in more babbling and he has started pointing. Don't worry it will all come together.

Sasha - posted on 02/01/2010

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As long as he is understanding things dont stress. But if you are go see a dr. Hope all goes well.

Kelly - posted on 01/31/2010

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thanks everyone. hopefully he'll be fine. he hit all the early milestones, til crawling, didn't do that til 11 months old. I think he's just lazy lol I have noticed all babies are different. he interacts with others very well, just speaks his own language. my oldest was talking really well at this age, so i was a little concerned, but i think he'll be ok

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Jabbering is good, just look for him to understand really, give smiles, interact, hugs, kisses etc. My son is 16mths and doing the exact same thing. He understands what we are saying and he can follow simple directions, so he is right on track. My daughter is autistic and when she was 16mths she was completely silent and was not interacting with us, those are the signs that there is a developmental delay..., no eye contact, no jabber, little interaction and she is still non-verbal at 4. So I wouldn't worry, he sounds like he is just fine :-)

Cindy - posted on 01/29/2010

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Hi, our 16 mnth old doesn't say MANY real words either... But he totally understands and responds to everything. The Doc said last week he was doing just fine... As long as he's getting his point across and responds to commands etc, some just "choose" not to speak OUR language till they're good & ready... Good luck!!! BTW when they are learning or doing NEW stuff they sill sometimes stop something else for a bit to focus more on the NEW. Our Jesse has been walking since he turned 11 mnths so that's not the reason he's chosen not to "talk" to us....



Yet, my 13 yr old was talking VERY well long before 16mnths but he didn't walk until he was almost 14 mnths old...

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I have 4 kids... they all talked at different ages!! - My youbgest only says a few words too, but nothing special... his 16 months also... no worries ;) I have a friend that her daughter started talking with 25 months!!!! - Assuming all the doctors appointment, regarding development are regular and with normal result, you'll see one day your son will talk until you can't hear him anymore LOL!!!

Marie - posted on 01/28/2010

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i agree with the others, if you're concerned, talk to the dr. they'll tell you whether or not there is cause to be concerned. if i remember correctly, i couldn't truly understand my son (who is now 4) until he was almost 2yrs old. my daughter (who is 16months) can say quite a few words clearly, but each child is different. and like theresa said, if he can follow simple directions i wouldn't be too concerned about it. isabelle does a ton of jabbering all day.

Theresa - posted on 01/28/2010

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My 16 mo daughter doesn't say many words either, only about 6. She does a lot of "talking" in her own language too. Does he hear and understand things well? As long as he responds when you talk to him and can follow simple directions, like go get your blanket, then I wouldn't be too concerned. Every kid does things in their own time. If however he doesn't seem to respond, then I would see about getting his hearing checked.

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I agree, even if you're not really concerned it wouldn't hurt to bring it up to ur doc! There's certain guidelines that the docs follow and if your doctor is concerned you can go from there. BUT......I bet he's fine! At least he's jabbering and if there's one thing I've learned lately it's that EVERY child is different and it's hard not to compare sometimes! It's VERY important to trust ur instincts as a mother! My friends daugher is now 9 years old and thriving but I remember when she was still 2 1/2 and we weren't able to understand her....... we were all concerned about her and actually approached my friend about it and she told us to NEVERMIND! LOL! Long story short she took her to the doc who sent her for all sorts of tests, including a hearing test and everything came back normal! She is and always was a happy, healthy lil' girl! Good luck, take care

Susan - posted on 01/27/2010

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Did you bring it up with your doc at his 15 month check-up? If you are really concered about it, I would talk to your pediatrician about it. All babies go at their own pace, but if you are concerned that would be your best bet.

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