What time should I expect my 16 month old to start talking, all he is doing is making sounds.
Stacy - posted on 12/05/2012
Bissypaul, you cannot force a child to talk or talk any faster but you can do things to help them understand words better and to have a stronger vocabulary when they do start speaking. These are things i do and I really see a huge difference in the way he listens and reacts to what I am saying, and he has already spoke a few big words I would never imagine him to say (elephant, strawberry, shotgun-lolmy hubby hunts, n my son loves play guns). Its so simple. Just talk to the baby, somtimes people feel like if the baby doesnt understand why talk to them? Well they might not have a clear view on what the meanings are early on but if they hear words constantly they store it back (memory) and can use it later. Babies learn by repetition, hearing words over and over again. Communication not only helps them verbally, it helps them understand and control their emotions better, they wont have as many temper tantrums because they understand situations better and they know how to put ther emotions into words. They learn things quicker-hearing you say "that is your shoe, it goes on your foot" While you point to the object and demonstrate how it works, they hear it often, and see it happening they begin to understand and things click faster for them.
You can describe the emotions you feel in certain situations (that will also help his see how you control yourself at times and he will try to do the same) like if you see something that makes you happy, like a favorite character you can say "oh look its Mickey Mouse, I really enjoy Mickey Mouse, he is my favorite cartoon, he makes me smile" Babies will hear and see your reaction an sense that you are happy and will learn that when you enjoy something, you smile and your happy about it.
theres so many times you can describe pictures colors feelings, shapes, textures,just talk ot your baby, bedtime stories, looking at a book, playing with toys, anytimes. Its something that can also bring you and your baby closer together enjoying those times together. It really is beneficial all the way around.
People probably think I was a nut lol I talked to my son ever since he was conceived, but Idc I can see the benefits that it produces and how bright he has become ( hes 21 mos) and I will continue to do so. Babies and toddlers are learning every minute, take advantage of it and enjoy teaching and being with them the best you can.
Kelly - posted on 12/03/2012
my son just turned 2 a month ago ,He would only say about 5 words until he turned 2 now he says complete sentences ,knows his alphabet and can count to 20 I worried for a long time that I was doing something wrong or that he had some delays, I think some kids just have to do things when there ready :)
Stacy - posted on 11/30/2012
Boys usually take longer than girls the start talking. Mine wasnt saying much/making noises at that age. Mines 21 mo now and hes saying many words. Mom dad daddy mine no "I have some" bye bye hi and many more. lol he even looked at me one day and grabbed my cheeks to look at him directly and said "cook anything?" I laugh everytime I think it. You shouldnt worry though hes probably having abig conversation with ya, you just dont know what hes sayin yet. Just keep talking to him and hell pick up on the vocabulary you use.
Sarah - posted on 11/29/2012
I told my doctor this and he gave me the best advice ever..."He is talking, you just can't understand him yet." If he's responding to you, if he's "talking" to you, etc. there's no reason for concern. My son is 2 1/2 and can talk but doesn't do sentences that are clear yet, he babbles but I can only understand bits and parts. I see my friend's kids talking so much more clearly but I remember how I thought he'd never master "ba-ba" and "mommy" and "no" (unfortunately), and he has. Slow but steady.
Just keep reminding yourself, he's talking you just can't quite understand yet.
Bonnie - posted on 11/02/2012
My youngest son is 15mo and he says "juice", "that", "mama", "dada", "Ozzy" (our cats name) and "dog". My oldest was saying more words at this age. I didn't start to talk until I was 2 and I didn't have any speech problems. I think they'll talk when they're ready.
Sarah - posted on 09/29/2012
Every child is different, but in general around 16 months usually you start to hear about 10 to 20 words. Mama, Dadda, Hi, Bye are usually some of the first words. Again though each child is different. 16 months is still pretty young and some kids wait to say a word until they can say it well where as others say it right away, but have to work on learning how to say it correctly.
Here is what I do to try to help them learn words. Big one is just to talk to them throughout your day. Talk about what you are doing. This also helps them learn colors, body parts, shapes, ect. because you can add these into your converastions. Ex: Let's pour your milk in a blue cup. Or I'm going to get your nose. When he makes sounds for something say the word for what he is wanting...more, milk, shoes, up, down, etc. Then after awhile when you think he might have the word down try to act like you don't know what he is talking about when he makes the sound...try to get him to say the word. Sometimes we make it too easy for them to not use their words by just responding to their noises.
Most likely words will start coming soon, but do keep an eye on his speech as there are so many programs to help with their speech at a young age, but they start to taper off as they get 3 and 4 yrs old. If by his 18 month check-up he is still not saying any words talk with your doctor about it.
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