How many words should an 18 month old say??

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My son just turned 18 months and knows well over 40 words and a few simple sentences (such as "whats that?") and about 5 words in sign language! I am just not sure if he is behind or not. He is my first born and does go to daycare so he picks up somethings from other kids! Sometimes i worry that I am not teaching him enough! But again this is my first born so I dont know much about where he should be on talking. I don't know how many words an 18 month old should say! Any advice or comments will be helpful! Thank you!

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Agnes - posted on 08/09/2012

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My twins (boy) is 17 months and can only "MA" "TE" "DA" "DE" repeatedly. They are very active but they can't speak more words, is that okey or do I have to seek advice from a health professional cause I am worried. My two older daughters speak alot when they reach 18 months, are they behind??

Angela - posted on 02/13/2010

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Don't worry, both of my kids didn't start talking until 2. They know the words, they just start when they're ready. Don't worry about how many words an 18 month old should say. Now, if he's 3 or 4 and still not talking, then you can start worrying.

Sam - posted on 04/03/2013

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Aba- if your child is saying only mama and dada at 18 months, I would seek a speech and language evaluation as he should have more words. Often times pediatricians do not know speech and language norms well and will advise parents to wait which is often not the best advice. I am actually a speech and language pathologist and see this often. In my professionally opinion, it is always better to seek an evaluation as early as possible. If your child does indeed need therapy, the sooner you can get him into speech and language therapy the better off he will be. I am not saying your son needs it because I do not know him but based on what you said, i would urge you to get an evaluation now. You can get one at a clinic (insurance) or through early intervention with the school district. Again, he may not end up needing services but it will give you peace of mind either way to either know that your child is within average range or to know that you are getting the services he needs as early as possible. Early intervention is the best way to go.

Mandy - posted on 04/05/2013

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my 20 months old son does not speak too well but is very active and can do whatever you ask him to do,could there be a problem

Chris - posted on 04/04/2013

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I would have to agree when the other posters say your child says a lot of words-40 words for an 18 month old is really good! My daughter is 16 months, and knows the basics (maybe 7-8 words) plus she says "What's thaaaaaat?" constantly. She knows what things are, and if you ask her to get the frog, or ball or flower, she will. She imitates a lot-if she sees a dog, she goes "woof-woof" or sees a flower, she breathes in really deep (like she's smelling it). Plus, she babbles constantly! I don't think you have anything to worry about at all. Each child is different, and learns at a different rate. I think your child is ahead of the game!

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Ruby - posted 3 days ago

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hi, I have an 18 months old boy and He doesn't speak, well, he says mama, papa, gagaga, bababa,boy and squeals a lot, i can see he is trying hard to talk. I speak spanish and his dad english, also english at daycare. I don't know if I am confusing him and stop speaking Spanish. I don't want him to have any trouble with his speech. HELP

SLT - posted on 06/26/2014

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I hope some of you will find this helpful and not just annoying b/c I'm certainly going to boast a little bit!!

I just sent an email to my parents and my in-laws letting them know that they should be super proud of their grandson b/c our son (and I didn't know this wasn't normal) knows over 100 words at 18 months. He had his 18 month checkup and the doctor asked if he has a vocabulary of ten or more words, I said in Spanish he says about 10 (his nanny is Spanish) but in English it's way more than that. He said "30?" I said more than that. He said "50?" and at that point I hadn't counted and didn't want to OVER estimate, so I said yes, probably 50.

Then on the way home I started counting the words that he says, on his own, and I came up with 80. I just wrote them all down to make sure I wasn't crazy, and he literally says over 110 words, on his own, without prompting, just in the ordinary course of communicating with is. I'll post the list below. I didn't include words that he REPEATS back to me, without initiating them, b/c that to me isn't "knowing" them. For example, if I show him a grape, and ask "do you want grapes?" he'll say "grape" but he has never pointed to a grape in a book or in the store and just outright SAID "grape" without prompting.

We don't do anything "special" with him to help him learn, but I'll admit than I AM A TALKER. I talk to him almost non-stop. When we are on the swings, I'll see a mommy very lovingly pushing her baby on the swing next to us, and she'll be smiling and cooing and aaahing to her baby, but I'm talking to Lucas saying "do you see the bird over there? are birds silly? do they fly? do they say 'tweet tweet'?" and he'll say "tweet" right back to me with a big smile. Things like that MUST have helped with the development of his vocabulary because "genius" does not run in our family ;) That said, I think both his father and I are fairly intelligent (I am a lawyer, being a lawyer doesn’t necessarily requires intelligence but I also happen to love words) and we engage him as often as possible. At dinner we often talk TO him as opposed to AROUND him, if that makes any sense? We ask him questions all the time. “Is Riley [the dog] a good girl?” “Is this popsicle the same color as Barney?” For the people asking what they can do, that’s my advice.

He also feels really good when he answers one of the questions and I clap hands to tell him he is right – he LOVES clapping hands for other children when they do something well – like if a small child goes down the slide on his own I say “good job!!! Look at you go!!!” and Lucas will start clapping to tell the child he did a good job.
This is all part of positive reinforcement too, which I am a huge fan of. His vocabulary MUST have been bolstered by our reinforcement when he says something he recognizes. He hears a noise overhead and asks me “airplane?” and I say “close, it’s a helicopter, it flies like an airplane but it’s a little different” and he says “COPTER!” I didn’t know this was advanced until I started doing some research on-line after today’s appointment. In fact, just yesterday he saw me grab for my keys out of my purse after grocery shopping and he said "keys"; I said "yep baby, these are mommy's keys!” Then when my key got stuck in the front door he said "ut oh, broken!" I honestly thought that was what an 18 month old should be doing. After today’s appointment, I’m even more proud of him 

Also, with regard to learning the alphabet, I think saying and singing the ABCs is great but for some reason I’ve been teaching Lucas the “important” letters instead of the letters “in order”. I wonder if that has helped at all? When we are in the bathtub we have those foamy letters that stick to the wall and I picked out the “N” and told him “‘N’ is for Nana, can you say Nana?” and he has learned “N”, “B” (which is for belly and I stick it on his belly!) and “T” which is for our last name. Those were the three letters on top in the bucket, so I started with those instead of ABC, and now be points to N, B and T in all the alphabet books. Perhaps learning the letters you use most would be helpful; teach them the letter that starts their name? Just a thought. I’m not a teacher or an educator of any type, other than having been a ski instructor and being a mom for the last 18 months, so I don’t claim to have any insight or studies to support what works and what doesn’t – I’m just sharing what I/we have done with our angel so far. The below 110 words are words that he knows and says, on his own, without prompting.

Good luck and I know WHEVER you are with your child(ren) in their development, if you are here looking for guidance you’re an awesome parent because you care!
I was all over the place with this reply but I’m just eager to get it out and share this with you guys – best of luck to each of you!!!

1 mama
2 dada
3 nana
4 poppop
5 b
6 tia
7 whitney
8 RiRi
9 cow
10 horsie
11 dragon
12 doggie
13 ice
14 pop
15 carrot
16 juice
17 agua
18 yogurt
19 banana
20 apple
21 cookie
22 animals
23 milk
24 tete
25 baba
26 up
27 down
28 walking
29 playground
30 swing
31 gabby
32 vickie
33 fun
34 wee
35 in
36 bike
37 cycle
38 scooter
39 helmet
40 toys
41 book
42 blocks
43 running
44 fast
45 slow
46 playing
47 seepy
48 I love you
49 night night
50 I'm okay
51 all done
52 more
53 thank you
54 welcome
55 help
56 ouch
57 hurt
58 cheese
59 stick
60 man
61 basketball
62 football
63 soccer
64 game
65 baseball
66 hat
67 grass
68 sky
69 blue
70 socks
71 shoes
72 zapatos
73 woof woof
74 naah
75 moo
76 duck
77 quack
78 phone
79 sing
80 dance
81 bad
82 car
83 truck
84 choochoo
85 train
86 copter
87 airplane
88 couch
89 sit
90 jump
91 jumpshot
92 dribble
93 tutitu
94 bird
95 flew
96 tweet
97 fishy
98 lizard
99 stick
100 doctor
101 bed
102 door
103 keys
104 open
105 broken
106 bath
107 ball
108 bubbles
109 swim
110 egg
111 candy

Aba - posted on 03/09/2013

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My son is 18 months old. He is not saying any other word beside mama and dada. I am very worried about this. his doctor told me that we need to wait until he turns 2,,then we might need to do some speech therapy with him. Why is this happening to my son???

Sarah - posted on 10/02/2012

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At 15 months my daughter could say over 150 words,and count to 10.She is now 18 months and knows well over 300,she can put sentences together,she sings songs such as twinkle twinkle only missing a couple of words,and she knows what different animals are if you point to them in books etc,as well as what noise they all make. She is so clever,I couldn't imagine her not being able to speak so well at this age.....

I think the fact she lives with myself,mum and dad,and is constantly talked to,as well as the wonderful CBEEBIES programs, is the secret behind her advanced speech,she listens intentively and copies what is being said. I could list everything she understands and says,but I would be here all day!

The best advice is to talk to your child constantly, but not in "baby talk" and don't forget CBEEBIES ;)

Casey - posted on 07/11/2012

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My daughter is 17 months and can say just over 30 words. She can sign more, all done, and potty. Some words she learned because I would purposely point at the object and say the word over and over and she would pick it up. That's how she learned "duck" and "doggy" and "ball". Other words she just picked up. We were walking down the shoes aisle in Walmart and my daughter got all excited and pointed at the shoes exclaiming "shoes! Shoes!" it was the first id heard her use that word. same for words like cracker and cheese. I sing abcs with her and when we play with sidewalk chalk I'll draw the letters and name them for her, but she doesn't know her alphabet yet. My daughter is in daycare as i work full time and I know she has picked up some words from them, such as "bubble". All kids are different though, there's a wide range of normal. Just because a kid knows less words at 18 months doesn't mean they will know less when they are in preschool.

Kim - posted on 07/10/2012

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Ok I'm new to site and thought this be very open site for moms to gather information but my 18 month old says around 15 words but is active and knows what is being said I know my son is smart but after coming on here everyone else would say he is behind and that is not true I would like to know how u all have taught ur children 50 words or more like u have said have I do want advice on how to teach abc and add words but again I want realistic advice and do not want to have me or my son to feel too bad I am stay at home mom and try very hard to do my best but my son is very active and keeping his attention is hard any advice on good waysvto expand his vocubulary and his learning please give thank you

Ann - posted on 05/31/2012

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I had 3 that didnt talk much until after 2 years (and then the girls wouldnt shut up! lol) and one child who could say nearly 40 words by the time he was 18 months (I remember because he saw a child nurse and she asked) They are all different and really you dont have anything to worry about until after 2 years of age. They all do it at their own pace.

Sarah - posted on 04/15/2012

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His doctor will tell you but I think forty is more than enough or right on target

Autumn - posted on 11/06/2011

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Really??? most kids at @ 18 months say a few words.... "A child @ 18 months old should say 15 words" says online @ babycenter. Or you could call your pediatrician? But I am pretty sure he is doing just fine. you could google this online.

Sue - posted on 01/13/2010

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Thats very good for a 18 month old toddler,to be onast was worrying myself,only today,as ave 14 month old,but says very basic words,muma,dadda,nanna,brum,brum,look,thought wasn,t right for his age,but everything else is on target,so im not worrying at this stage,but well done youxx

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Im not trying to rush him too much sometimes i feel like i do, we just recently got ABC magnets for the fridge so thats the reason i was teaching him A but other than that i dont push him i spend a lot of time just talking to him and tell him everything i do when im doing it so he learns he loves learning body parts though which he also learns in daycare!! once again thank you for the comments on how many words an 18 month old should say!

Maggie - posted on 01/13/2010

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Quoting Emily:

Thank you for all to comments it has made me feel a lot better! right now he is learning his ABC's and only know A. It is hard to get this boy to sit still and look at one think for more than 2 minutes


 



Don't rush him. He'll learn when he's ready. There are really no proven benefits to learning the alphabet and/or reading this early. If he is interested then go for it, if not then encourage him in whatever he wants to learn. ABC's can wait for a little later.

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Thank you for all to comments about how many words an 18 month old should say it has made me feel a lot better! right now he is learning his ABC's and only know A. It is hard to get this boy to sit still and look at one think for more than 2 minutes!

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Most 18 month old children have mastered between 5 and 20 words (mostly nouns). There are many differences among children and boys generally develop language skills more slowly than girls. Many children don't speak simple sentences until they are over age 2. I would say that your son is definitely on track and you don't need to be concerned about his development. Start teaching him his alphabet, numbers, shapes, and colors.

Maggie - posted on 01/13/2010

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he's doing fine!

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My sons were both talkers even though they say boys talk later and slower than girls. My first son had a vocabulary of about 100 words and signs by 18 months but he was way ahead in speech development. My 17 month old says about 40 or 50 words (more every day!) and 20 or so signs.

Crystal - posted on 01/13/2010

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wow you have nothing at all to worry about. your little boy is saying ALOT more them my 27 month old :-)

Claudia - posted on 01/13/2010

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Hi. It sounds like your son is right on track. In one of my nursing textbooks it says that the average amount of words for an 18 month old is 10. So he is doing well.

Sue - posted on 01/13/2010

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Thats very good for a 18 month old toddler,to be onast was worrying myself,only today,as ave 14 month old,but says very basic words,muma,dadda,nanna,brum,brum,look,thought wasn,t right for his age,but everything else is on target,so im not worrying at this stage,but well done youxx

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Im not trying to rush him too much sometimes i feel like i do, we just recently got ABC magnets for the fridge so thats the reason i was teaching him A but other than that i dont push him i spend a lot of time just talking to him and tell him everything i do when im doing it so he learns he loves learning body parts though which he also learns in daycare!! once again thank you for the comments on how many words an 18 month old should say!

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Thank you for all to comments about how many words an 18 month old should say it has made me feel a lot better! right now he is learning his ABC's and only know A. It is hard to get this boy to sit still and look at one think for more than 2 minutes!

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