Should I be worried my one year old isn't talking?


Beverly - posted on 06/28/2010




My son is 13 months old, and I was also extremely worried until i read all of these post...he only says dada, and just rescently started to say mama but only on occasion.....I work w/ him everyday, he waves bye bye, but says dada when he waves (not sure if thats normal) but i have been working w/ him since he was six months old, up, down, mama, baba, dada, bye bye, and all i got was dada for everything. Don't know if its normal or if there is anything that can be done, all i know is that I am so glad I am not alone.

Carolyn - posted on 07/13/2010




my one year old only says mama and baby babble at this point. i too have been a bit worried about if this is a problem or not.

Elizabeth - posted on 02/26/2014




my son is 18 months old and still not talking I try to say easy words to him nothing all he does is scram I don't know what to do

Dawn - posted on 06/13/2010




my daughter is 13 months and the only real words she says are mamama and dadadada. and da for dog. other than that its like she's got a language of her own the sounds she comes out with!
oh and she makes a quiet 'hoooo' noise when she see's a haahoo from In The Night Garden.

Nicole - posted on 06/10/2010




I wouldnt worry my son is 12 months and still only says ba ba ma ma and baby babble like that no real words yet


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Rose - posted on 02/27/2014




i feel a little better now that i have read you guys post...;] MY 16 MONTH OLD NOT SAYING ALL THE WORDS THE DOCTOR SAYS HE SHOULD KNOW ..THANKS GUYS FOR LIGHTING MY HEART UP!!!!!

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Does he understand you? Does he try to communicate with you?

I taught my baby a few signs, and he uses them often! He also has a few sounds that he uses to mean specific things - for example, he uses a "brrrmmm-brrrrmmm" noise to mean anything with wheels (esp cars). And he barks when he sees a dog or a cat, LOL.

Try not to worry. I'm sure your son is doing what he's supposed to be doing. He's probably just working on another skill right now, like walking!

Ricky - posted on 07/02/2010




my son is a babbler, he knows a handful of words but still babbles and babbles. The only advice I can give you is to keep talking to them, and use real words. When my son grabs something and babbles I say "yes thats a ______" I read to him alot to. He is starting to mimic us and learns a new word here and there. Dont encourage the babbling by copying the babytalk just talk to him in real words and he will pick it up.
As long as he is trying I wouldnt be too worried about it.

Line - posted on 07/02/2010




I don't think you should worry, they say your child should say at least 1 word by one year old and then evolve from there. My daughter is 13 months, but she is very vocal. She says maman, papa, minou (cat), bye, allo (hello), dehors (outside), bravo and the list goes on...... But she only started adding new words about 1 month ago and the list just keeps growing. Don't be worried just let the time do it's magic and i'm sure you won't be able to keep him quiet for long. Good luck!

Leanne - posted on 06/23/2010




You should really only worry if your TWO year old isn't talking! Most 1 year olds just babble or have a few sounds that their Mother knows what they mean but everyone else doesn't. My son is 13 months and says 'Dada', 'Mama' (but not usually to address me :( ), 'Bah' for ball, 'up', 'Ck' for clock and 'tick tock' also when pointing at the clock. He's about the most vocal of any of the kids we hang out with that are his age and that's 6 words. So I wouldn't be worried at all! All kids learn at a different rate and yours may be too busy walking or playing to worry about talking yet!

Jacki - posted on 06/23/2010




Besides mama and dada my son will say whats that and done. I think that is it more important that your child is understanding some of what is being said to him/her. My oldest has Landau Kleffner Syndrome a rare form of epilepsy that has taken his understanding and language away. Although he is starting to talk again, our speach path. has told us that his receptive language (understanding) needed to come back before we will notice an improvement in his expressive language (talking)

Rosey - posted on 06/20/2010




it makes me feel good to read these because my may baby isn't saying words yet. dada every once in awhile. I was getting worried but what can I do? It's not like I can make him.

Samantha - posted on 06/18/2010




My 13 month old is only saying "dada". His pedi said he should be saying 3 words by 15 months, 1 big one being "mama". My daughter was talking very well at this age and saying 3 word sentences at 15 months so this is very different for me.

Emma - posted on 06/14/2010




My son is 13 months old and still is only babbling. I'm not worried as children can take until they reach 3 to talk. As long as you are sure that he can hear you then there is nothing wrong with not talking at this age.

Alison - posted on 06/11/2010




My son is almost 13 months and he only says Mama and Dada consitently. He very randomly says other things, but mostly just babble. If your pediatrician isn't worried, then you probably shouldn't be either. All kids develop differently.

Stephanie - posted on 06/09/2010




He says things but its just babble..i guess im just worrying too much because my other son was talking really well at this age, but all kids are different..

Ashley - posted on 06/09/2010




my daughter is 13 months and only says like 5 things if that dont be worried

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