at what age does a child start talking? my baby's 13 months old...all she does is babble...

Shane - posted on 10/29/2010 ( 18 moms have responded )

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she's active and I could say that she understands me but she doesn't say any word and all she does is babble... should I have her checked?

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Mari - posted on 05/07/2013

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i have a 4 year old child but until now she can't talk perfectly she still talk like a baby. should i worried about her speech development?

Svetlana - posted on 11/02/2010

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I asked the same question to a mother of 5 and she said 2 and a half... My son is 2 and babbles alot. But he has'nt even learnt how to say no, mama or basic simple words but my friend reminded me that I speak two langauges to him (French & English) and so it is only natural that he is slower (but then again, considering the fact that he understands both langauges extremly well, does that really make him 'slower')... my point, all children are different. Another friend had a 3 year old who was barely understandable.. i used to think that perhaps he had speech difficulty but he didnt, he is very fluent now... they are all different, dont worry urself, i know i dont anymore - maybe urs is just a great mathmatician or an artist, i think mine is a readerr/thinker xx

Cassie - posted on 10/31/2010

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I wouldnt say i have this issue , my boys do nothing but talk! BUT, it might not hurt ( just in case) My 1st talked and talked great from very early and my 2nd took a while longer and didnt talk as plain or good, my mom says my brother didnt talk till he was 3yrs! and my nephew is 4yrs and barely says a word even when u talk to him, the doc said my brother would talk when he got ready, not to worry, I know its easier said than done to sit and wait, so maybe just 4 piece of mind see what the peditrician says.. best of luck. she's beautiful!

Brittany - posted on 10/29/2010

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As long as she's babbling, she is fine! It's great that she seems to understand what you say. That's the first step!
She is going at her own pace and that's nothing to worry about but there are some things you can do to help move things along. Have you looked into baby signing? It might help her to connect words with visual actions and be more interested in speaking. I sign with my daughter and when she started, her language development was about normal and now it's 7-8 months advanced!
If you are interested, I can help you to get started. If not, it's alright too!
Try reading to her a lot if you don't already. Make sure that you speak slowly and clearly when you want to teach her a word and say the word directly before, during, and directly after the activity so that she makes that connection. Make sure you are turned toward her so she can watch the way your mouth moves as you say the word a few times. She might try to mimic your mouth and might make the beginning sound, ending sound or she might make an unrelated sound but get the tone right. All of these are wonderful signs! Make sure you praise her for trying even if she doesn't get it right!

Good luck! =)

Staci - posted on 05/08/2013

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How many teeth does she have? teeth help with speech development so if she only has a few, that might be the only reason. If she babbles to you like she thinks shes talking i wouldnt be worried!

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Stephanie - posted on 11/02/2010

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My daughter is 13 months and started saying mama, and dada in babbling at 7-8 months, but has only recently started saying it to us. Yet has been able to recognize and say cat and dog for a couple of months now. She also says ted, door, shoe, what that, this, and who that, not all very clearly but I understand her. She understand when I talk to her, and will fetch certain toys when asked, and also does the actions to pat a cake, round and round the garden, row row your boat, and twinkle twinkle.

Lee Ann - posted on 11/01/2010

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My daughter started talking at a super early age and now she pronounces all her words very clear its kinda of scary lol but with that said every child is different, give it some time, if you continue to worry about it i would just chat with my Dr. about it and see what he/she says, good luck

Alecia - posted on 11/01/2010

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my daughter is 13 mnths as well and does the same thing. she can say mama, dada, papa, but rarely does. i KNOW she understands alot of what i say and she picks up on things quickly. if trees are moving around outside she knows its the wind and she knows the winds blows so she will blow to let me know that its windy! lol. as long as she is babbling and acts like she thinks she's having a conversation, then she's ok, im sure. the AAP usually gives kids 15-18 mnths to start saying words. my hubby hardly said anything at all until he was like 4. but he had no learning disability, just nothing to say!! if u have concerns bring it up to ur ped at the 15 mnth well-baby visit.

Denae - posted on 11/01/2010

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i JUST TOOK MY SON FOR HIS 15 MOS CHECK UP AND MY DOCTOR SAID HE SHOULD KNOW 4-6 WORDS, WHICH HE BABBLES ALL THE TIME AS WELL. WHICH THE WORDS CAN BE MAMA DADA, YEA, NO, HI, BYE, SIMPLE WORDS. THERE NOT LOOKING FOR COMPLEXITY OR SENTENCES. LISTEN CLOSER BECAUSE WHEN THEY FIRST START ITS NOT EASY TO UNDERSTAND, SHE MIGHT BE SAYING THINGS. I WOULDNT WORRY BABYS LK ALL MILESTONES DO THEM WHEN THEY ARE READY.

Courtney - posted on 10/30/2010

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Sounds like she's fine but if you concerned then ask her doctor about it. my son has been saying "DADA" since he was 7 months old so I can't really relate that much as he's my only child right now. But always go with your gut feeling. moms are usually right anyway. lol

Brittany - posted on 10/30/2010

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Heather, check out these two links for some info!

http://www.babies-and-sign-language.com/...

http://www.babies-and-sign-language.com/...

That will help you with where to begin. There's lots of great info and resources on that site if you navigate through the left side bar. You can msg me anytime with questions and I'd be happy to answer! I've been signing with my daughter for almost 5 months now and she has a vocabulary of about 20 signs/words total so far. She learns more every few days! =)

Maria - posted on 10/30/2010

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If you are really worried a visit to your regular dr. might put you more at ease. But I really wouldn't worry about it. My daughter didn't talk until she was 3! Then one day she woke up and was using 5+ word sentences. I used to work for Head Start in TX and they had a lot of kids that had a delay of one kind or another. As a result they offered a lot of trainings to teachers to recognize certain signs. One thing they told us is that things don't develop at the same speeds. A child might walk early but talk later. They might be able to do 26pc puzzles in under a min and not talk till they are almost 3(3mths untill her 3rd b-day). That was my daughters case. She was more likely to watch and then do it a little later like she'd been doing it forever. If she's hitting all her other milestones in their time frames and your dr isn't worried I wouldn't worry now.

Heather - posted on 10/30/2010

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hi! my sons 2 and he doesnt like to taalk to much, he knows words but just doesnt wana talk, and id love to teach him to sign i just dnt know how to go about it? could u give me some ideas?

Heather - posted on 10/30/2010

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i wouldnt be worried, every child is diff, my sons 2 and doesnt talk all tht much and my friends daughter talks n talks, so rlly no need to wrry espicially at tht age

Shanna - posted on 10/30/2010

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I wouldnt really worry..but just FYI
by 1 should say Mama and Dada to the correct person (often times done earlier) + 1 other word
by 2 should be able to put 2 word phrases together and be understood by 50% of people
by 3 should put together sentences and understood by 75% of people (recognize three colors, use tricycle, know first and last name etc),
by 4 speech completely understood by strangers, can use past tense correctly knows four body parts...etc

Bonnie - posted on 10/30/2010

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She is only 13 months old. she is making sounds, which is very good. I don't think you need to have her checked. My younger son barely said much until he was closer to 21 months and now he is just over 2, and although he isn't clear all the time, he is talking in sentences and he is rarely quiet lol.

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