When did you toddler start putting words together.

Annie - posted on 06/03/2011 ( 9 moms have responded )




Our son is 20 months and has an extensive vocabulary, but is not putting his words together yet. I am wondering, at what age other children are meeting this milestone?


Kimberly - posted on 06/04/2011




My daughter just turned 21 months and I've noticed just in the past month or so she's starting to put words together. The other day I asked for a high five, we high fived, and then she said, Oh, daddy! coz she wanted to give him a high five and I said, where's daddy? She said, Daddy go work! I was pretty impressed :)

My best friend's niece just turned 2 and she has a good vocabulary, but she mostly just jibber jabbers, and then out of no where she comes out with 3 or 4 word sentences!

All kids are different, I wouldn't worry about him!

Lexi - posted on 06/09/2011




My son is 22 months old. He has very few spoken words and because speech issues run in my family, he is starting speech therapy next week. He has about 15 signs he uses on top of about 8 spoken words and various sound effects. He may not "talk" but the past month or so he is stringing together ideas and signs, if not spoken sentences. He will sign "more milk please" or say "dada" and sign "where?" or show me his dirty hands and say "uh oh momma!" My friends little girl started making 2-4 word sentences at about 24-25 months old and another friends 18 month old boy is already doing it. As long as your doctor isn't concerned, it sounds to me like your son is in the normal range. One thing we've done with my son that I think has made a difference is to prompt those extra words. If he signs "more" I say "more what?". Then I try to help him sign/show/say what it is I think he wants. For example, I'll take his hands and help him sign "more eat please" if I think he's asking for a 2nd serving at meal time. I think that's really helped the concept click in his head.

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Jaime - posted on 05/07/2014




My little guy is 21 months and he uses two-word combinations quite often. I'm happy to have read that he is doing just what his peers are doing!

Nicole - posted on 06/09/2011




John has been doing two word phrases for about a month now.. but at the beginning it was few and far between, now its basically a few times each day.

boys are a bit slower than girls with regards to speech development, but dont you worry, he understand so much, he just has to get his toung to co-ordinate what he is trying to get out and he'll be chatting away to you so much that you'll wish you never asked for it :O) xxx

Edited to say : forgot to mention - he is 23 months tomorrow.

Amanda - posted on 06/09/2011




My daughter is also 20 months old and started very early. She was about 15 months when she was stringing words together. She know speaks in full sentences (better than my son did at 2 1/2). I think being a second baby has given her the advantage with her speech. My son on the other hand didn't start till he turned 2.
You're son sounds like he is doing fine. Just keep talking to him and he'll get the idea.

Lady Heather - posted on 06/08/2011




My daughter sees a speech therapist (she used to be delayed and has now caught up and then some!) and she said that the norm would be by 24 months. Some kids are quite early, but you wouldn't need to worry at all unless your kid past the 2 year mark, especially if he's talking a lot. Even then, it might not be something worry about. My daughter was about 22 months when she first started putting words together and now two months later she often uses full four word sentences.

Kids are funny. Sometimes they just want to build their confidence before they really go for it.

Sarah - posted on 06/03/2011




Hi Annie, my son is also 20 months old. Like your son, he also has a pretty extensive vocabulary, but isn't really putting words together yet either. The only thing I've heard him say is "shoes on" & "sit down."

Heather - posted on 06/03/2011




My daughter is 19 months and just started putting words together. usually just two at a time like "love you" and "puppy outside" and "daddy bye-bye". It seems like once she started she just keeps going and going with it. "Me eat" is her favorite thing to say right now! LOL All of the milestones I've seen say your child could put two words together by 24 months, but of course every child is so different!

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