When should I start worrying about my baby speaking.

Janat - posted on 11/28/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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She is 14 months and does not say a word other than cooing

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This has been posted a long time - how's she doing now? Babbling is a good thing, especially if she's trying out different consonants. Just like being in a foreign land, you can understand a lot more than you can speak, so if she can follow simple commands you'll know she understands you. I've never tried baby signs, but I've heard good things so if you and she start to get frustrated maybe try that as a way for her to get her needs across. If she's cooperative, sit down with her and read books. Pointing to the pictures and saying what everything is forces you to use a lot of different words for her to hear, and she may start to point at stuff and try to imitate your words. Also, sometimes kids seem like they're not saying anything, and then one day they wake up with a bunch of new words out of nowhere. And she certainly won't be speaking perfectly enunciated English so she may be saying more than you think, if you listen for repetitive sounds.

Camille - posted on 02/14/2010

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I would definitely talk to your doctor about her issue. My baby boy started saying "Dah, Dah" around eight or nine months old. I have been teaching him American Sign Language the past few months and he will use signs rather than saying the word if I teach him the sign rather than having him say the word first. I always say the word while I am signing it; that way he will learn both the word and sign.

Was she born earlly? Are there any family members with disabilities that she might have inherited? Can she hear you? My nephew is very allergic to many things and would often have plugged ears, which caused him to have a speech delay. Thankfully my sister taught both her children ASL and that is how he was able to communicate. She eventually found out about his ears being plugged up and had tubes put in. His speech improved and his is a very smart little boy! He just couldn't hear very well for a long time!

Another thing to think about is if she has siblings. The older sibling might talk for their younger ones, which doesn't always help the younger ones although I think it did help my second-born some. My oldest was and still is bossing his younger brother around!

Don't lose hope. I am a religious person and if it was me I would pray about the situation. If that is not your style then I suggest going to the doctor and possibly getting a second opinion from another doctor. Just a thought!

I wish you the best of luck!

Collette - posted on 12/06/2009

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My pediatrician said that 3 words is the average for a 15 month old. You can always call your pediatrician before her 15 month appointment if you are concerned. My good friend has three kids who were all late talkers. They didn't start talking until 2 and they are all fine. I have another friend who has 2 kids who didn't walk until 19 months and they are perfectly fine too. :)

Victoria - posted on 12/06/2009

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My daughter is 14 months old too, and she doesn't say very many words. She does blab on and on, and I wish I knew what she was saying. She says' dada, dog, up, open, mama. I'm a little worried too, I'm gonna ask her dr, and I talk to her all the time and point things out and tell her what they are and she just doesn't say much. I know all kids develop and do things at different times.

Melissa - posted on 12/05/2009

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I have been equally worried! Thanks for all these awesome posts. My daughter is 14 mos old too and I was really worried that her speech wasnt developing properly. Her dad and I are both speech and debate teachers! We thought she'd pick up her verbal skills quickly because we talk to her all the time and read to her and describe things to her constantly. She really can only 'say' mama, dada and yay. I was so concerned that I asked her doctor and he said she was totally fine. She is babbling and uses vocal inflection and pretends to talk on her toy cell phone. All things considered it puts my mind at ease to know that all is well. :)

Janat - posted on 12/05/2009

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Thanks so much. The Autism comment is really scary. Though I have to say she understands everything and does respond. just not with words. I am just worried.

Theresa - posted on 11/30/2009

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If she's doing nothing but cooing that could be a concern. If she's doing a lot of babbling (like she has her own language) that's very normal. My daughter is also 14 months. She only says about 5-6 words, but she babbles constantly. If your child's really only cooing more like a 4-5 month old it could be a sign of autism. I would talk to her doc about it.

Victoria - posted on 11/28/2009

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My twins talk to each other constantly, and not a word do I understand. It's frustrating, but they tell me not to worry too much til about 18 months.

Bree - posted on 11/28/2009

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i wouldnt worry. my daughter is the same age and she says about 10-15 words but babbles more than anything. My doctor said she was ahead verbally and that you shouldnt worry about not talking until around 18-24 months. At that point if she is still not atleast trying to sound words out, than talk to your doctor about speech therapy. (just so you know just because a baby is behind in speech, even at 2 years old, it doesnt mean there is anything wrong with them, they just may need assistance putting words together, my sister when she was a baby didnt talk and doctors tried diagnoising her with autism. My mom knew she wasnt due to the fact she had no other signs of it, and put her in speech therapy, by the following year she was caught up and fine.) Make sure you really work with her, refer to yourself as mommy and try to get her to start saying mommy, work with one word for awhile and then move on once she gets its

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If you are concern you should talk to her doctor my daughter started talking bout like 4 months but most kids learn at there on past. when i took her to the doctor for her 12 month old check up he try tell me she was behind because she didnt try to feed me and because she wasnt helping me when i dressed her but like a week later she started.

Tanya - posted on 11/28/2009

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My daughter is the opposite but is not walkin....babies only focus on one developmental at a time. Try usin simple sounds and words

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