When did your toddler start talking???

Caressa - posted on 11/28/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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my son is going to be 2 and he still doesnt talk. he can say words like, momma, daddy, sissy, ball, sippy, diaper, doggie, and a few more words but thats it .i read to him, point things out and tell him over and over what it is, hes watched baby shows that teach words and colors, he seems to really pay attention like hes taking it all in.but no talking! i know he understands almost everything i say though. i have cousins with kids who were saying full sentences by 2 and im little worried.

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Rebecca - posted on 11/28/2009

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my daughter started talking well before one. But she didn't start walking until 15 months. she now speaks in complete sentences, but compared to her cousin who is three months older, she is way behind in gross motor skills. he, on the other hand, just started really talking at about 2 1/2. they say each child focuses on different skills at different times. i tend to repeat everything back to her and never did do the baby talk thing. . .I'd ask your pediatrician, but as long as you know that he hears and comprehends, he probably is developing a different part of his brain and will speak when he is ready. And he will probably be advanced when he does so. . .

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Ashley - posted on 12/10/2009

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my son had words when he was 2 but until recently he didn't speak sentances. Now he knows something new everyday... he sometimes whispers if he doesn't know the words he wants so some ppl get confused but I guess as his mom and everyday care giver I understand him completely... I also use the technique of making him show me something if I don't understand him that way I can teach him what he should say... example we put our Christmas tree up and he liked the lights but couldn't tell me he wanted them on after he showed me I knew what he wanted and encouraged him to ask to see them on "put the lights on please" ect. Just keep making the effort you are and try no baby talk, I found it confuses my son when my friend talks to him like a baby, I have had to tell her to stop so he doesn't learn lazy speech.

Mercy - posted on 12/10/2009

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my son is 13 mon ths now and he only says mama, dada, papa but he is very expressive.

Mackenzie - posted on 12/02/2009

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There are some things that boys do later than girls, and some things that are the other way around. Talking is one of the things that boys tend to take a little longer. My son is 2, and he is at the same stage as your son. Every child learns things at their own pace, but he is perfectly fine where he is at! You will be surprised one day, he will just start talking no problem!

Missy - posted on 11/30/2009

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All kids are different. My 2 year-old is talking more and more every day. Her cousin (also 2) is hardly saying anything at all. Her other cousin was almost 3 before he really started talking. Your pediatrician should do Autism screens at his well check ups. As long as he passes those, he should be fine. Remember that kids do what works. If they point and grunt and you give them what they want, they'll continue to point and grunt. If you help them develop their language skills by telling them what they should say, they'll pick it up in no time. Believe me, pretty soon you'll be praying he shuts up for 5 minutes!

Tonya - posted on 11/30/2009

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My son started talking a little bit before his 2 yr birthday. He didn't say many things at all before that. Once he started talking, he starting talking in sentences. Properly and clearly. You know how when some children say things you don't know what they are saying. Not my son. He articulates his words very well. He sounds like a lil man. lol. For instance, if you were to ask him if he broke the toy. He won't just say no. He would say....No, I didn't break it.

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When we went for my son's 2 year old checkup he could only say 5 words. I was worried but the pediatrician said he was fine that most children just turning 2 know between 5 and 20 words. Once my son turned 2 1/2 he really started talking! He was saying new words every day and started using 2-3 word phrases. Now he just turned 3 and is the biggest motor mouth. He won't hush!

Michelle - posted on 11/29/2009

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Quoting Caressa:

When did your toddler start talking???

my son is going to be 2 and he still doesnt talk. he can say words like, momma, daddy, sissy, ball, sippy, diaper, doggie, and a few more words but thats it .i read to him, point things out and tell him over and over what it is, hes watched baby shows that teach words and colors, he seems to really pay attention like hes taking it all in.but no talking! i know he understands almost everything i say though. i have cousins with kids who were saying full sentences by 2 and im little worried.



hi dont worry my son didnt start talking till 3 half i found out he has a speach problem some children dont progress as much as others wait till your child is 2half 3 then if no progress talk to their health vistor and thay will pass u on to a speech and language theropist and thaycan help loads hope this helps michelle

Michelle - posted on 11/29/2009

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both of mine started young... my 13 month old already does mini sentences but they do learn at different ages if he's not doing it soon i'd probably ask the ped to have him evaulated just to make sure there isn't an issue

Shanna - posted on 11/28/2009

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my son started talking at 18 months but now he is almost 3 and he talks like grown up i dont listen to him when he talks that baby stuff he never gets what he wants wit that whinning stuff its agravating i beive comuication is key ... but yea i jus had him repeat everything i said to me and he caught on quick i always sayedif u wanna be a big boy u talk like a big boy babys dont get what they want big boys do and he coaught on quick it might sound mean but god it worked he is potty trained and u can hold a conversation wit him very well all my friedns always say he needs to be in school cause he is so far ahead he can spell his name, count to 20 ,he knows his alfabet but u have to be on the child and talk to him like u want to be talked to i hope it helps dont be worried i kno some 3 year olds that cant talk not even sentences ...if u talk to ur child like a baby there gonna talk to u like a baby thats what i always say but who knos if im right or not

Amy - posted on 11/28/2009

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My son was about 2 1/2 when he really started talking. He would say some words but not full sentences. I really was not worried, I worked in preschool for over 12 years in the 2 year old room and know that boys tend to be a little slower. He is now 34 months old and there is no off button! As long as he is hitting his milestones and seems to understand you, he should be fine.

Lisa - posted on 11/28/2009

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well all my kids started young, but my husband told me when he was a baby he would listen and take it all in but not talk until he was 3. when he was three he decided he'd start talking in full sentances, so his first words were "can I have a banana?" I thought that was funny. but it sounds like your son can talk--he says words, and he does understand you, so maybe he just needs help putting the words together?
my daughter used to think "there-she-is" was one word. we'd play "where's baby?" and "there she is" was the answer. she was about a year at that time.
I encourage her to "read" to me, I read to her, and I ask her how her day was, and what she did--or when she cries I'll ask her what happened and she'll tell me. we also have two older children who teach her things like "eeew, that's gross" (her new favorite saying).
just get down on his level and say the words slowly and carefully and then over and over and he'll catch on. having him around other children helps too (older children).

Tonya - posted on 11/28/2009

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Once you see in time that your child can began to speak sentences remind your child that you will not respond to baby talk and the only way they are going to get what they are asking for is to say (you can say it with them word for word if you need too) what they want without wining for it. Yes it is part of being a baby but once they begin to talk that behavior has to be pushed aside. If not it will continue on for years

Tonya - posted on 11/28/2009

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When my son was 17 months i began working with him to repeat what i would say for instance. I want bottle, I want snack, May I have the toy. With in a month my son was talking sentences and has been in full force ever since. Just stay presisitant and have you child repeat each word as you say it. I promise that should help alot!! It was only a matter of time that I saw major changes

Bridgett - posted on 11/28/2009

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My son is just over two years old. He says around 30 single words and 4 word sentences - only when he chooses to. He mostly baby talks a mile a minute and mumbles while doing so. I choose to believe he is purposely deciding he will not give up baby talk yet. However it is frustrating. When they are ready, the children will begin to speak well and non stop!

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