My 13-month old baby boy still doesn't talk!
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Heather - posted on 03/24/2012
My pediatrician said kids tend to take one of two paths. Either they start talking around 12 months and gradually increase OR they learn maybe 3 or 4 words early in their first year and then just keep those 3 or 4 until around 21 months and then they have a talking explosion, saying dozens of new words each week. My three kids all followed that second path. Once they started talking, at almost 2 years old, they all had a LOT to say and they are all bright and doing well academically. So I don't think you should worry. I think he's a smart kid and he's storing up knowledge inside and he will be just fine. The pediatrician also said it is a sign he is just fine if you can tell he understands simple things you say. Like if you say, "Look!" or "Come here!" does he understand?
At this age there can be such a huge difference in ability among different children. My first son started talking at 11 months, clearly enough that anyone he spoke to understood him (not just your typical baby talk only mommy and daddy can decipher) and by 14 months he could say three and four syllable words like basketball, butterfly, etc. My younger son on the other hand, who is just now 14 months old, doesn't talk at all! He began saying mama and dada months ago but no longer says those even. I don't worry too much about it because he seems very bright, he obviously understands others well when they talk and can follow commands and such. I mostly attribute it to the fact that big brother talks a LOT, all day long. If he's not conversing with anyone he walks around singing or reciting stories and movies. So perhaps my younger boy is so busy listening to and being entertained by big brother that he just doesn't feel the need to speak so he doesn't try, practice, learn, etc. I'm not worried yet. I do, however, talk as much as possible to him, as was suggested above. I try to kind of narrate what I'm doing with or around him, I read to him a lot, and go over word-naming books every single day where we point to the picture and I give them each a turn to say the word. My older son says it...and little brother responds with "da!" every time. Haha. I figure I'll mention it at his 15 mo well check just to cover the bases, but I don't think it's really an issue quite yet, especially for boys at this age. My opinion- be sure you're giving him the opportunities to pick it up and he will when he's ready.
Neva - posted on 03/24/2012
He is still in the normal range. By 14 months only about 50% of children can say 3 words, by 18 months 90% of children do. You can encourage language by talking to him about everything. Point to pictures in books and magazines. Point out things when you go for a walk and read to him every day. When you fix him meals, say what everything is. Ask him, do you want milk? Repeat it several times, so that he learns the names for things. Little boys can be slower to talk than girls also. Boys usually obtain gross motor skills first and language and fine motor not as quickly. If you have other children, especially an older sister, he might not have to talk or use words to get his needs met. Older siblings often understand what a younger child wants and needs and communicate that for them, so they don't have to. If he still says nothing in a couple of months, I'd have him evaluated. He should have a 15 month Well Baby check-up and you should let his pediatrician knwo of your concerns.
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