Do boys take longer to start talking?

Lorena - posted on 05/23/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )




My son is 23 months old and he still points at things and says "lalalalalala" for just about everything. He can say basic things like water, mine, move, Elmo, etc. I'm concerned because my daughter was speaking in sentences at that age. They say boys take a little bit longer. Any advice?


Cathy - posted on 05/23/2009




hi yes i find boys do take longer to speak than girls, i have 2 boys and my eldest who is 3 has in the last 6 months become better with his speech, my other little boy is 21 months he only saying mostly single words, he can say couple of sentences but he has his older brother to copy off

Eka - posted on 06/03/2009




he3...stay cool dear...statement about boys walk first, girl talk first seems to be true.. same as my need o worry...


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Nephelle - posted on 11/08/2013




My son is 30months old and he is very active and energetic, he says at least 15 words plain but sentences only come from what he heard from television, am worried that he is not making sentences directly to me as my niece was speaking plainly from 15months.

Sarah - posted on 06/04/2009




I think all children develop at their own pace. However in my family I have noticed that children born second do seem to talk earlier because they quickly work out that their sibling will do most of the work for them, if allowed to do so. Don't worry he will be fine!

Sandra - posted on 05/23/2009




Both my boys had and have speech problem. Both have seen speech therapist. My youngest also see a physio therapist. My oldest is 8 now and I have a two years old also. The only advice I would give is see a speech therapist and see what they say. Because every child will start when they are ready and some need extra help like my son's did. Reading to them everyday is so good for them. Also flash cards with pictures and words you say the words and he looks at the picture. I find flash card are great tools to work with. Also taking a ball and holding saying ball all the time. Try only one thing for a whole week. If he doesn't get it try another item for a whole week.
My son can only as three word and even then they aren't said correctly. He say truck he say uck. For juice he says ooice. But he is trying and that's what we are working on.
It is pretty normal so boys to have speech delay.

April - posted on 05/23/2009




In our case- I have a almost 5yr old daughter and a 2 1/2yr old son and would definitely agree there is a huge difference in when they started talking. My son took a lot longer and then there was my daughter that seemed to start really early and has yet to stop talking :-) Don't worry. Reading books helps and to identify animals "dog" "cat" and so forth- some of the easier words to help him out.

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Boys do seem to be slower to talk than girls. Get a baby dictionary with pictures and names and play games saying what everything is. Talk to him constantly, and make him ask for things when he wants them. Read to him every night.

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I've noticed that as a general rule, boys walk first, girls talk first. It's been true for my niece and nephews and all of my friend's children so far. My son is 19 months old. Started walking when he was 10 months but still only says a few words...and some of the ones he says only me and my husband understand lol I think it's normal.

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