At what age did your kids start saying full sentences?

Kristen - posted on 02/21/2010 ( 21 moms have responded )

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My son is almost 3 years old (March 2nd) and I can understand some words he says but most of it is still babble. What age did your kids start saying full sentences that you could understand?

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Juanita - posted on 02/21/2010

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Both my boys grew so different. My 2 1/2 year old talks a mile a minute and uses complete sentences and has been since he was about 1yr 21 months. My older son didn't start making much sense until he was about 3. He is now seven and top three in his class. I don't think this will determine how smart they grow... Each child is different and develops at their own pace.

Tara - posted on 02/21/2010

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I wouldn't worry if I were you. I fell into this multiple times, myself but the truth is that kids develop so differently, if you compare your child to someone else's, you'll just end up worrying about what he or she lacks. My son is 2 1/2 and he says a lot of words but he doesn't really "communicate" with me if that makes sense. I can't really reason with him at all and the only "sentences" he says are "bah bah milk" (chocolate milk bottle when he's tired) and "I'm sleepy" which he says "I seepy." He knows all his letters, numbers and colors so I've been combining them with him such as "Yellow V" (he has all these colored letters, etc.) Other than that though, that's the extent of it.



I do, however, know a 2 year old who hasn't said his first word though. This kid doesn't do anything other than grunt. His mother has started speech therapy and he's making no progress. I think that unless you're in this type of situation, you have nothing to worry about.

Sarah - posted on 02/21/2010

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My suggestion would be to have him evaluated by a speech therapist. If you live in the US call your local school and they will connect you up with AEA (area Education Agency). They will evalute him to see where he is at and if they feel he would need some speech therapy they will set that up. All of this is free. At 3 yrs he should really be saying over 50 words and talking in short sentences. If he needs some extra therapy it is really important to get that started right away.

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Joanna - posted on 10/04/2012

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My daughter is a week away from being 11 months old, and today she just said "Dang it Mom!" as clear as day. Rofl I'm still laughing hahaha.

Lauren - posted on 02/23/2010

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My 3 year old is learning new words every day, but his sentences are kind of hard to understand as well. I have been told that the more you talk to them and read to them the better.

Marie - posted on 02/22/2010

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every child is different.. my youngest son is almost four and still speaks broken sentences... but when my oldest son was 2 you could sit and have a conversation with him...

K. Erin - posted on 02/22/2010

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my daughter is almost two and babbles incessantly...altho it is very cute I do wonder if she will talk to me soon...she says about 20 different words and she can act out a snake (even tho she has never seen one) a dog, a cat and a monkey on command. I can tell she is smart...i just hope she tells me something in a complete sentence soon! My son did not talk much at all til he was 4...he has been in speech therapy ever since because he says things backwards...we call him Yoda...because instead of saying 'it's hot in here' he says 'hot in here, it is' which is still technically correct...just off a bit...be patient...he will get it!

Natalie - posted on 02/22/2010

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My son started to speak in full sentences when he turned 3. But don't worry at least he's trying to talk to you and he'll get it. when my son was having trouble with some of his words I would repeat it to him, and then ask him to repeat it back to me until he could say it better. Then I would praise him for doing a good job. I still do this today with him. He's 5 now but the words are bigger and he's doing great.

Sarah-Lynn - posted on 02/22/2010

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My daughter will also be 3 years old on March 2nd and she has been saying full sentances since she was about 2. Are you baby talking your son? Because that could be why he's still doing the babbling. Try speaking to him and explaining his toys and whatever other activities you guys do with him the same way you would explain it to a 10 year old. We never baby talked our daughter and she has an amazing vocabulary and can hold a conversation and tell me how she feels and why. Also, read to him alot, that seems to help aswell. Hope this helps.

Kristen - posted on 02/21/2010

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Thank you everyone who replied. I guess I will keep waiting lol. I try to talk to him as much as I can during the day and try to get others to do the same. I guess its not babble but I really can't understand a lot of the things he says. Also, I think I am just anxious for him to start talking so we can potty train. It is frustrating since it is 90% me that is trying to get him to talk and potty train. Potty training is gonna be hard since I am the mommy and he is a little boy, but I'll get through it the best that I can. Thanks again everyone for all your suggestions and stories, they are appreciated :D

Lisa - posted on 02/21/2010

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My daughter started speaking in full sentences around 18 months, however both of my sons started around 3 years old.. Totally depends on the child. It's just something you have to wait out :)

Brandi - posted on 02/21/2010

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My daughter was speaking in full sentences by about 1 and a half. My son is 2 in a month and still only pieces together 2 or 3 word phrases that mean a sentence. My nephew was almost 3 before he started talking much at all. Kids develop at a HUGE variety of rates. Give it some time. Talk to your ped. if you are concerned and maybe he will refer you to an early intervention program for proper evaluation. Good luck.

Jen - posted on 02/21/2010

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My daughter said her first word at 11 months. Was talking in 2-word sentences by 15 months and full sentences at 18 months. The average for 2-word sentences is 24 months so at almost 3 he should be talking in mostly full sentences. He'll probably still be leaving out some articles (the, a, an), but he should have left babbling already.

Jennifer - posted on 02/21/2010

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My son is 23 months old and only says some words. Im not worried because the dctor says every child is different and he understands a lot.

Misty - posted on 02/21/2010

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There is nothing to worry about, my daughter is going to be 4 in April and in the past few months I have been able to understand her alot better! But she isn't in daycare and doesn't have but one friend she see's on the weekends sometimes! Right now your baby relies on you to teach him! If you think you understand some of the words he is saying, then repeat them to what you think they are and try to help him say them right by emphasizing every sylabol. Hope this helps and good luck!

Lauren - posted on 02/21/2010

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My son is almost 2, and he has a very large vocabulary. But that said, at his 18 month doctor well check, the dr asked me if he has at least 7 words in his vocabulary. I laughed. But some kids just choose to wait! I would ask your dr if you are concerned. My nephew didn't really talk at all until he was about 3 1/2, then all of a sudden he started speaking like a genius in full sentences.

Maybe take a week and jot down every word that you can pretty clearly recognize that he says. It may suprise you how many words he uses.

This is from babycenter.com, signs to look out for or to be concerned about:



25 to 36 months

Your child continues to drop consonants, has difficulty naming most everyday objects, hasn't started to use two- or three-word phrases, or by age 3 cannot be well understood by someone who doesn't know him.



If your child stutters, it doesn't necessarily signal a problem. Stuttering is a normal phase, especially when his ability to communicate is expanding so rapidly. Sometimes he'll be so excited to tell you what's on his mind that he can't get the words out fast enough. But if his stuttering continues for more than six months, or if it's bad enough that he tenses his jaw or grimaces in an effort to get the words out, talk with his doctor about it.

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My son is 18 months and will say little phrases like "Come here Tom" and "Thank You Momma"... and he trys to say I love you but it's more like " I Owe You". But still really cute lol.

User - posted on 02/21/2010

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By age 3 they should be talking more words than "babble". It may not be full sentences per-say...At 1 years old my son would ask "what's this" He is now 21 mos old and his longest sentence is "Shhhh...Da-da go ny-ny". You may want to talk to your ped about your concerns. You can always have a speech evaluation done through the Birth to 3 program or another speech therapist just to answer any questions you might have on his speech development...

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hi, my daughter is 22months and said her first proper sentence 2day she said "mummy oi come here my picture" soo cute :)

try not to worry but if u r concerned talk to ur health visitor or doctor.

Emilie - posted on 02/21/2010

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I don't remember exactly when my kids started saying full sentences but I know that they were both talking very well before they turned 2. All kids are different though, my cousin has a son that will be 3 in June and he can't say very much he has just recently started speech therapy.

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