When should my LO start talking?

Chelese - posted on 11/20/2011 ( 21 moms have responded )

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Caleb is 11 months old now and has been able to say mama, dada, baba, and what sounds like hi for a month now. I know by reading and talking to babies it helps to widen their speech but what I'm wondering is when will he actually be able to put those words together himself? He uses different intonations now and uses his tongue to put against his palate and makes the noise that sounds like he's rolling his tongue and vibrates and makes a long sound it's hard to explain but sounds so funny when he does it. Almost like a engine on a motor. But should I keep reading to him and let him look at my face as I'm doing it? And maybe should I work on giving him a simple word every week? I don't want to do it too much but also enough to where he can start to pick up on it. Does any moms have any suggestions of how they were able to get their babies to talk? I appreciate any advice or help that anyone may have. Thank you :-)

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Medic - posted on 11/20/2011

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When we had our second we would joke about how we were never going to teach her to walk or talk, it would be easier. Low and behold she learned to walk and talk. Two walking and talking is a little much at times, they NEVER shut up and NEVER sit down.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 11/20/2011

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When he is ready, no sooner, no later....just when he is ready.

Keep reading to him, and talk to him when you are doing things....narrate what you are doing. He is still young, and already has a grasp on sounds, and can say simple words. Don't push....just talk and read to him. He will only do it when he is ready.

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Megan - posted on 11/22/2011

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I point to things alot when my kids were babies, they caught on quickhe will come along ,just give it time.

Erin - posted on 11/22/2011

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Every kid is different, my daughter started speaking around 6 months and saying full sentences by a year, we never went through the "terrible two's" because she was always able to communicate with us clearly. She speaks two languages and could phonetically read words around 3. My son on the other hand had maybe 5 or 6 words by a year, now at 17 months he's just starting to make sentences and has a vocabulary of around 60 words(daughter had more than that by 13 months) and only speaks one language. I read to them since the day they were born at least 3 books a day, I talk to them constantly i.e. going grocery shopping with a newborn I'm sure I look like a freak talking about every little thing we're doing "lets find some apples, look at the red apples mmm apples are yummy!' etc. Just keep reading, keep talking constantly (as another person said just narrate your whole day and time with them) and NEVER EVER use baby talk. They'll get it in thier own time :)

Sharon - posted on 11/21/2011

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My son started saying mum, dad etc aroud 8mths, then went silent again and barely said anything unless he really felt like it until about 18mths. That gradually increased and now he's just turned 2, talks constantly, and has started putting 3 words together, or a whole conversation in his own language.

Chelese - posted on 11/21/2011

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I have some really simple baby books for him but it seems like I should go to something a little more that has three words per page. Right now these are like babys first book and the pages are really colorful made out of material that he can knaw on. Contains about 5 pages says stuff like Bee, bug, baby, then dad dog stuff like that. Should I get something a little more for his age range now that he's going to be one and if so can anyone recommend anything? Thank you :-)

Elaura - posted on 11/21/2011

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He will when he is ready. You cant rush that. Keep reading, keep talking and when hes ready he will start speaking, my child started saying sentences earlier.

Karina - posted on 11/21/2011

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He sounds like he's doing real good, just keep talking to him and you'll see that one day he;ll start when he's ready. My 2.5 year old daughter is just starting to put 2 words together but she understands everything. I can ask her from across the room to please get her dirty pj's and bring them to me and she does it. She's just a very lazy and stubborn girl and I know she'll talk when she wants to. Another thing you can do is make flash cards of his toys and everyday items he see around the house. Good luck!

Bonnie - posted on 11/21/2011

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He is doing good so far. He will do it on his own. Most kids don't start putting words together until closer to two, although some start earlier. My younger son was barely saying much at one point and then he turned two and it all came out. He is 3 now and there is rarely a quiet moment.

Medic - posted on 11/20/2011

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You should keep that comment in reserves until you need it. I tend to revert to yeah well my kid can kill you with one look.

Chelese - posted on 11/20/2011

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Ya I kinda felt like they were doing that but I let them have their moment to shine if that made them feel good. But it did seem like it was a bit of an exaggeration. I should have said "Oh well my LO can say his name count to 10 and recite the denny's menu now cause I sat down like a drill sergeant every day just hammering it in his brain. LOL" cause the grandmother was like oh we just said the same thing over and over and over and he's just sooooooooo smart. Blah blah blah yak yak yak

Medic - posted on 11/20/2011

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My daughter can count to three, she has learned it because when I tell her not to do something I count to three before she goes to time out. So now she counts to three before she slides down the slide, jumps, almost anything. Your son will pick up everything. Don't worry about what others tell you their kids or grandkids are doing, lots of times people exaggerate anyways just to make themselves feel like they are doing a better job.

Chelese - posted on 11/20/2011

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Well in his case I hope he runs all over the house. When he starts learning how to walk that is. I am teaching him that also just by taking his hands standing behind him and taking a few steps every day. I know soon as that happens I'll need the exercise. Maybe it will help me take a few pounds off hehe..

Chelese - posted on 11/20/2011

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Oh thats for sure! Before we moved into our house 2 months ago I use to make these silly noises and I swear Caleb would babble back 10 times louder. And he seemed like he only did it at night time. We use to live in a duplex and he would just go on and on babbling. Even when we would go to restaurants he would do the same thing. But not so loud there. But parents would just smile and see me laughing and they would laugh and say "awwwww." He still is saying dada, baba, mama a few weeks ago started saying hi, I do lala fafa gaga or anything that comes to mind and I know he absorbs it all up cause weeks later he will bust out singing the same stuff. I wish I could get him on cam when he says it. I do actually have some of his stuff on facebook and every time I look I just die laughing.

Chelese - posted on 11/20/2011

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Pushing is somethig I don't plan on doing. The whole one word a week came from an elderly couple when they were bragging about their grandson. They said he learns a new word every few weeks and he was 10 months at the time. They said they were simple words also.

Amy - posted on 11/20/2011

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My daughter is 19 months old and still only says 3 words. We have had an assessment done on her and they said she's above average for her language because she understands everything, and can follow two step direction. If you really want to teach your child a word a week you could do a sign a week so even though your child might not say the word they can sign words to you. My daughter knows quite a few and it's helpful in figuring out what she wants. Continue reading to your little one the woman that did the assessment on my daughter said not to read complex stories but get the books with the pictures and say the names of the pictures. The other thing you can do is get your baby to repeat sounds like ba ba ba or ha ha ha, change it up and make a game. All kids are different like the other moms have said my son who is now 5 was speaking complex sentences by the time he was my daughters age. My final piece of advice is once they do start talking they aren't going to be quiet so enjoy this time!

Medic - posted on 11/20/2011

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Give him a word a week? Really? He is only 11 months old. Kids will talk when they are good and ready. My now 5 year old son only said what he absolutely had to between 18 months and 2 years and right after his second birthday he just exploded and started using full sentences. Now my 21 month old daughter can talk, full sentences, totally understandable, but will only do it on her terms when she decides it is worth it to talk. It goes back to a saying my dad always tells me, NO one graduates highschool in a diaper, on the bottle, and unable to speak and walk. He will be ok just don't push.

Chelese - posted on 11/20/2011

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its so funny when I narrate to him i'll make a story out of everything I do and sometimes I cant help but laugh and alot of the times he will laugh too especially when I make the silly faces. I bet he is thinking "Mommy sure is funny!"

Janel - posted on 11/20/2011

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Keeping talking to him. Keep reading. Don't sweat it. Each kid is different. My grandson started talking more at 3 1/2, when his little sister started talking to him. He'll communicate. He'll let you know what he needs!

I have another granddaughter now, she's 19 months - I think she has about 20 words she says when the mood strikes her. But she's very communicative, she certainly understands what's being said much more than using words to respond.

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