My son turned a year old just yesterday and is barely talking. Is this normal?

Joanna - posted on 12/28/2012 ( 13 moms have responded )

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He does a lot of babbling but the only thing remotely close to a word he will say is ma ma ma and da. He understands when I tell him no and is extremely attentive, however, he is just not saying words yet. We read all the time and I am constantly speaking to him. Any suggestions on what to do to help build his social skills and vocabulary?

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Danicia - posted on 02/28/2013

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at one year old, my daughter only had "dada" down. she's 16 months old now and is starting to build her vocabulary. :)

I read to my daughter and talk to her constantly. she really enjoys interactions where we will point at this and label them (ie- "where's your nose?" *point* "there it is!". we do similar things when walking in parking lots, pointing out cars and whatnot). we recently started working on animal noises, she'll hand me a stuffed animal and i'll make the noise and ask her to and she's starting to copy.

my friend's daughter just started putting together sentences and she's a month shy of 2 years old.

Vincent - posted on 02/27/2013

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Maybe if his father was in his life a little more he would be able to speak to him as well, it couldn't hurt. All his dad wants is to be in his life. More than anything in fact. Everyone makes mistakes, but no one should suffer for them, especially not the perfect little boy that he is. And just to stay on topic, its perfectly normal Joey, relax, he's a brilliant little boy.

User - posted on 01/02/2013

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You are doing great by wanting him to have a good vocab and social skills and talking to him all the time. Ive talked to mine since he was a little embryo lol. At 1 they arnt going to be speaking really, they could say something like mama, dada, but it doesnt really come until later around the age of 2 or older.

Mine is 22 months old now and I have really seen a boost in his "babbling" (talking to him constantly really pays off, dont stop). He says many words, about 4 different 2-3 word phrases. When he trys to talk I cant understand him but when I ask him to repeat what he said, he makes the same exact phrase, so I know hes saying something, I just dont know what.

Dont worry it will come, I am still waiting myself. Keep doing what your doing. Every now and then I will make a list of words I dont normally say so I can try to incorperate them into my own vocabulary so he hears words that will help him be more descriptive. As an adult we know what others are talking about when they say for instance ball, but for little ones you can try to always describe the color, texture (smooth), rubber, round, sphere, bouncy. It helps them understand better and when they do start talking they will be better at describing what they want or see. Little things like this really help, I had to work at this at first but after a couple weeks its more natural, youll do it not even thinking about it. I dont use any baby names either like "baba" or the sort, I talk to him like normal, i feel its important for this to keep his vocab. expanding.

S&S - posted on 01/01/2013

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My friend's baby is two and a half and he barely talks. He is slowly starting now. The only time you need to worry is if they are unresponsive to communication- this does not have to be talking. I know this because my sister works with autistic children. All children start at their own pace.

Amanda - posted on 12/31/2012

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My oldest, now 7, didn't really talk until 15 months. She said,"Hydrangea", and was speaking in full sentences after that. She's extremely bright and loves to read. I don't think you have anything to worry about.

Feah - posted on 12/29/2012

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Babies develop at their own pace, you can pick up simple baby signs. He may have a hard time connecting words to actions and things. But frankly at his age I wouldn't worry just make sure to keep speaking to him normally and engaging him even if he doesn't respond he is always learning. I included a link to some baby sign books.

https://www.google.com/search?q=baby+sig...,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.r_qf.&bvm=bv.1355534169,d.b2I&fp=89c8db76974e7f67&bpcl=40096503&biw=1280&bih=604

Joanna - posted on 12/29/2012

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This is very true! I guess babies really just do develop at their own pace and yes once they start talking were going to wish they didn't learn haha! And yes actually I heard that about einstein which makes me feel a lot better about it. It is nice to know other moms are going through the same thing so I'm not alone. I'm not so worried anymore I guess his time will come whenever he feels ready, thankyou!

Tina - posted on 12/28/2012

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i am having the same problem!! i just had a big old conversation with my granparents and aunt about it and they said the doctors shouldnt put so much pressure on the kids to talk and my aunt peggy didnt talk until three!! and she would make noises to communicate like uhh uhhh & point to the fridge & hit the table saying she wants something, so hilarious, ill never look at my aunt peggy the same again! and when she did start talking she wouldnt stop. so just get prepared for it.

you kno einstein was a late talker, i think at 2 1/2. so maybe our babies are geniuses!!

Joanna - posted on 12/28/2012

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That's what I keep hearing! I guess my expectations are a little high based on all these statistics and hearing these stories of 6 month old babies talking. I just get a little worried from time to time. Its funny because physically he is exceeding he is walking very well and is extremely coordinated. I guess boys just develop social skills a little later. Thanks for the advice hun!

Dayna - posted on 12/28/2012

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That is very normal. Just keep talking with him. Even when your getting him dressed explain to him what you are doing. Also, read him very simple picture books. It is very surprising what they pick up ... even if they are not speaking up ... yet. Soon he will be talking your ear off :-)

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