what is the average amount of words an 18 month old boy should say?

Stephanie - posted on 07/09/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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what is the average amount of words an 18 month old boy should say?

My son doesnt say many at all...

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My DR said between 6-10 is average. My son has about 40 words, but he has a three year old brother who never stops talking!!! All children are different. And they are only babies for a short time, soon enough he will be talking so much!!!

Maria - posted on 07/26/2009

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This was very helpful to me as well. I took my son to his 18 month visit last week and the doctor was concerned he only say 8-10 words. She is going to have him have a speech eval on 8/5. By the sounds of all of you this is pretty normal especially for a boy. Well we will see what the eval says and go from there. It can't hurt anyway.

Inga - posted on 07/23/2009

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Babies develop and learn things on their own paste. Lets say my friends daughter started walking when she was 10 mo., while mine didn't till she was 13 mo. But at 17 mo old my daughter is saying anywhere around 80 words (I can almost have a conversation with her), while my friends daughter says about 10. As long as your son says some words I wouldn't worry. Call your baby's doctor if you really worried.

Meghan - posted on 07/23/2009

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At my sons 18 months app. the dr. said he should be saying about 6-8 words. Hes right about there, not all are super clear but you can understand what hes saying. He also signs about 5 words as well. he says dog, all done, more, bubbles, no, (of course), yes, duck, moo, and i think i heard bye the other day. It seems like he says a new one every few days. Its like all of a sudden he became a blabber...hes always jabbering away...i have now idea what hes talking about though, i just talk back to him.

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I work for the Disability Determination Bureau and we have a resource that says that by 18 mo, children should have 6-10 words, but it is common knowledge that boys pick up knoeledge slower. If you have concerns, just talk to your doctor.

Laura - posted on 07/17/2009

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My January 08 boy says probably close to 100 words clearly but he is honestly way ahead in that area because of being visually impaired - his hearing is superb and vocabulary equally superb.

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As a mom of three and a preschool teacher...right now as long as your son is saying about 10 words that you can understand what he is talking about he is fine! And remember some of his words wont be clear because they can't form some letters until later. Normally you don't worry to much about sounds of words until they are three. But as long as he can somewhat understand what you are talking about to him and he responds he is fine. Every child develops at his or her own timing. when one child is learning fine motor skills another may be learning large motor. SO don't compare your child with others! (I know its hard to do!) And also boys normally mature slower than girls so they normally don't talk as much or as well, but there is always the exception! Hope this helps!

Angela - posted on 07/17/2009

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I have twins and one talks all the time maybe 10-15 words. The other one signs all the time 10-12 words . I understand the one that signs a lot better! lol.

User - posted on 07/12/2009

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By 16 months, my oldest daughter (who is now 4 years) had a huge vocabulary and spoke in full sentences. My seventeen month old just now started rattling off words. Her vocabulary is less than 20 words, but she mimics everything. I agree with Hannah. It depends on the kid, and I think probably their exposure to language. My oldest stayed with her grandmother while I worked during the day. She spoke to her like she was just another person so I think she just started talking back.

Hannah - posted on 07/11/2009

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my nephew is almost two and a half and it only now that we can really understand him where as my daughter is 17 months and she says 26 words clearly I think it depends on the kid I know a few boys her age that barely say anything It really all depends on the kid I guess

Michelle - posted on 07/11/2009

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For sure :) Which is why what health professionals say shouldn't always be taken as gospel. Esp. if they're not actually trained extensively in that particular field (in this case: speech therapist etc...)

Kelly - posted on 07/11/2009

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It is so interesting how different doctors info can be. At my son's well-check yesterday the doctor said that 18 months olds should be saying 4-10 words. I guess you can see that it is really nothing to stress about because even the doctors don't have there info down yet. :)

Michelle - posted on 07/11/2009

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At our 18mth check up this week just gone the Health Nurse said between 6-20 is average but ugh, averages.. We all know how they work right.

Kelly - posted on 07/09/2009

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My son goes for his 18 month well-check tomorrow and his pediatrician always gives info. on stuff like this. I can answer this more accurately then. The man thing is to not get too hung up on this stuff. All children are different and while some may focus on speech others may work to master other tasks first. My son has lots of words and I will say he has had the"word explosion" other moms have mentioned the past couple of months but please remember that you shouldn't stress too much about this. He will talk when he is ready!

Kelli - posted on 07/09/2009

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Well they don't say much right now but i just learned today in class that they have a "word explosion" right around 18 months where they will all of a sudden start learning a few new words every week or so. Not exact but was right with my daughter, and my son is also 18 months so we will see about him.

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