How high can your 20 month count?

Tracy - posted on 08/24/2010 ( 78 moms have responded )

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My 20 month old can count to 7 what is normal for this age? I have a 35 month old that is counting to 20? I guess I would like to say I have smart kids thanks to nutrition but not sure if that is normal, great or behind? Would love to hear where everyone is....

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Catherine - posted on 09/04/2010

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I believe in nutrition (and I am an RN) but I doubt it has much to do with your child's learning. My son has been able to count to 20, add and subtract and know all his ABC's since he was two. He was not breast fed, as I was unable to do so. I was breast fed as a child and was not nearly as advanced as he is. I think as much as breast feeding (someone mentioned it in an earlier post) is the best option children will still be as "smart" without it. Let's stop putting so much pressure on the mom's that their milk, food etc is the what is going to make or break their child's intelligence. Plus for as "advanced" as my child is, he is nowhere near potty training or some of the many other things children his age have mastered. More importantly, my child is his own individual earning his own merits, not a mere reflection of all the things I have done right . We need to put our ego aside.

Melissa - posted on 08/26/2010

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sounds like your doing really well my son is 2 1/2 and still counts 1,2,3,4,5,6,11,9,12 lol my daughter used to count 1,2,3,4,5,apple !!! LOL all kids are diferent :) my advise is don't worry about where they are at and enjoy the ride my daughter is 7 soon and its gone soo fast :)

Jennifer - posted on 09/23/2010

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my lil girl is 2 and we can count to 3... but her favorite number is 2! im not pushing her ...it will come :)

Dana - posted on 09/03/2010

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my 2 year old little girl says 1,2,3 when she is playing...but we don't work on numbers much. keep working with them! sounds like they are doing great! good job!

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Dana - posted on 05/26/2012

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Alot of Toddlers are Diffrent,My 2 & A Half Yr old was counting to 3 when she was About 1yr and a few months...Then At 2 she started Colors,Objects,Animals,SHe could name every character in the cartoons shes liked,DOra spongbob,& other Cartoons....Now At Almost 3 ,She counts to Almost 20 But says a few number off lol And she says her abcs -Like
A B C D E H R X Z But shes Trying haha she loves to learn new Things
Today I didnt even Teach her or she didnt even hear it from any one i dont believe, she showd me what Open ,Close
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Up,Down Was...it was sooo cute.....I think whatever Our babies Do or say We moms get tickled Even if there 3 or 4 and Count for the first time whatever age they are It dont matter Im just happy That she is going to do good in life lol,Learning this early..
I wasnt put in school till 1st grade And i was 2 yrs older than the 5 and 6 yr old I dont think i learned how to Count or do my abcs till 2nd grade,I was put in Recourse classes....

Jennifer - posted on 04/15/2012

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My daughter is 25 months old, she can only county to about 10, and only when she wants to do so. She does not count objects yet though, she is a great talker as she can say many words and already speaks using sentences. She also knows some shapes and sings her ABC's. Her 3 1/2 year old brother on the other hand was slower to talk when he was younger, but he was always way more focused when being read to or when I was teaching him something. He knows all his shapes (including trapezoid, lol), colors, his alphabet and they don't have to be in order. He can count objects up to 40 and I am just starting to teach him letter sounds and phonics. He also seems to understand very simple addition and subtraction.

My oldest who is 17 now was very artistic early on and had a love for Science, he could draw really advanced looking dinosaurs and dragons at age 2. To be honest I don't actually remenber at what age he knew all his ABC's and 123's. I did work with him too though and made sure he knew some things before they were taught at school (such as multiplication). They are all different and will have their strengths and weakness.....

Vimommy - posted on 07/14/2011

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Oh goodness.... I am lucky if I can get my 19month old to count to 3! But she knows all of her colors and can say over 100 words, so I guess no need to worry ;) Maybe we will work on counting today!

Cara - posted on 07/12/2011

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my daughter is 23 months old and her idea of counting is 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10. Which I think is very good for her age. Don't worry to much about the counting this early on. They all learn how to count when it is right for them.

User - posted on 07/05/2011

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my son is 19 months and can count to 10 (started at 18.5 mo) he can recite his alphabet. knows 9 colors, and 6 shapes...im not sure how "normal" it is however im thrilled he is so eager to learn :) in our pool of friends none of the children our kids ages are saying/learning at this rate so im guessing its rare?? good job babe!! happy learning :)

User - posted on 07/05/2011

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my son is 19 months and can count to 10 (started at 18.5 mo) he can recite his alphabet. knows 9 colors, and 6 shapes...im not sure how "normal" it is however im thrilled he is so eager to learn :) in our pool of friends none of the children our kids ages are saying/learning at this rate so im guessing its rare?? good job babe!! happy learning :)

Anamika - posted on 09/24/2010

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Hi there.... I am also not sure what is normal, but my boy was 19 months when he could count to 20 and then at 20months to 30. He knew his colours at 19 months too. He can read alphabets since he was 22 months. He has maintained this knowledge rememberance but lacks in remembering his nursery rhymes and he is so not physically active enough for now a 3 year old!!!

Aura Berlyn - posted on 09/19/2010

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my 3 year old son can count up to 17 in english, and up to number7 in spanish and up to number 10 in tagalog

Lizette - posted on 09/08/2010

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Children learn from exposure. My 29 month old can count to 20 and recognises 1 to 10. He can count objects as well. Learning through play and song has been his learning. The Brainy baby rage of dvd's has helped. Remember that all children are different and learn at a different pace.

Paige - posted on 09/07/2010

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My 25 month old counts to 12 and can count backwards from 10, but he skips the number six for some reason!! But everytime I take him to the Dr. they say he is very advanced for his age and are so surprised when they talk to him and he actually talks back!! So I would say for both of your kids that's great!!

Jessica - posted on 09/07/2010

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My 2.5 year old cn count to 20 and can understand the concept of numbers representing amounts ie. Can count apples etc. She also know her alphabet and all of her letters by sight. Also, know her colours.
I don't think she is advanced, I think she was just focused on these things while other children focused on other things. Perhaps another child can ride a bike better and another is better at animal noises.
All children are different and they all end up being reasonably the same at the start of school.
Try to encourage the behaviour but don't label the children. This can cause self esteem issues and the need to be better than other children.

Bernadette - posted on 09/06/2010

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I don't think there's really any such thing as "normal" when it comes to things like this. Some kids learn faster, some are slower. It sounds to me like he's doing pretty well though. I worked in a child care centre years ago, and most of the 5 year olds couldn't count to 10! I was pretty appalled. My nephew, who was the same age as them at the time, had been able to count to 100 when he was 2! He was exceptionally smart though... My daughter is 17 months and counts to ten, although she usually leaves out 6 and 8. She also doesn't quite get why she's counting yet - it doesn't matter what number she counts to, she will always conclude that there are two! We were watching a train pass one day, and she started to count - she got all the way to 10 (having left out 6 and 8 of course) and then very conclusively, with a nod of the head and everything, said "two trains!" She does this with most things. She's getting there though, and I think it's pretty good for her age.

Shana - posted on 09/05/2010

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I completely agree. I couldn't breast feed either and i don't believe it has anything to do with a child being "smart". My son can do things alot of 21 month olds can't and yet is behind in some areas too. Each child is an individual and learns and grows differently.

Calista - posted on 09/04/2010

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Each kid is different and unique. They also are "smart" in different ways. My son is almost three and I think he can count to five. He refuses to do anything with numbers or letters. He is very smart in other ways. He has an amazing sense of direction and can tell you if you're going the wrong way to get some place. He knows all of our family members and friends cars. He also is very intuitive to people's needs and feelings. He will get me things without me asking, because he sees what I need. I wouldn't worry about your child being behind or ahead. Each kid is different.

Hillary - posted on 09/04/2010

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My middle son will be three years old in a couple of weeks. He can only accurately count to ten. However, he really doesn't understand the concept of counting and can't count a group of objects accurately if there are more than three! I'm not too concerned. I know that one day this will all "click" suddenly, just like it did when he was learning colors.

Briana - posted on 09/04/2010

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It all depends on the child.. I wouldn't say it's due to great nutrition.. my son is 27-month old son can count to 20 in English and 10 in spanish, knows ALL his colors, ALL animal noises/animals (even "iguana" and "penguin"), ALL of his shapes, and he's very attentive to things I do, and wants to help me "cook", "drive", and do the laundry and dishes. He knows over 300 words, and talks your ear off! He doesn't have any siblings. But, all kids are different, and they all progress differently.. It depends on how much you teach them, and how much they WANT to learn and i do agree with the Nick Jr thing. That's how we got to counting in spanish, and learning colors and shapes in spanish. It's a GREAT learning tool.

Alisa - posted on 09/03/2010

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Hi. My 26month old is counting to 25. I think it comes down to how much time you put into helping them learn. A parent that spends lots of time counting with their kids is going to have them counting early I guess. He also knows his alphabet. When we walk through a parking lot, he will stop at each car and read out the registration plate. He has been doing this since he was 21months.

Shana - posted on 09/03/2010

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mine is 20 months and can count to 5 (but that's really all we've tried to teach him right now. I'm more worried about him understanding what the quantity means. )

Lisa - posted on 09/03/2010

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My 30 Mo old YO counts to 20, but my 18 month old only counts to 3 =D She's not a talker at ALL. My son had well over 100 words at 18 months, and my daughter has only about 10! She's just not a mommy pleaser like my son. He has always done anything and everything for attention, my daughter could care less! I learned she could say thank you because she was telling it to strangers and others, but never to us =D The important thing is that they "can" do these things...not when or how much =D

Charlsie - posted on 09/03/2010

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My son is 29 months old and can count to 20. I give credit to his teachers at daycare. They do an amazing job teaching the children, and I am always amazed at the things he has learned.

Catherine - posted on 09/03/2010

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I contribute my daughters ability to constant reading of books and her excellent daycare program at the Goddard School. My daughter is 26 months and she just recently started saying her abc's. Sometimes the middles go to quickly but she can do it. She has also been able to count to 1-10 in English and Spanish. She is starting to read books even though it may be from memory.

Amanda - posted on 09/02/2010

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my two year old is lucky if he can count 1, 2, 3... then again both of my kids are delayed in speech and my son was a preemie. My daughter can count to 5 with help (she's 3 1/2)

Wanda - posted on 09/02/2010

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and i definitely agree again about recognizing numbers and abcs out of order. singing an abc song isnt the same as KNOWING what they are! in any situation they should b able to point out letters on billboards, books, wherever.. same with numbers, etc. any baby that has parents working with them a lot at an early age loves to learn and will be and stay ahead once they do go to school. if we dont start early then we give our babies a disadvantage in school because learning wont come as naturally! im writing out numbers from 20 to 50 so she can see them and learn them, since she knows her phonics im teaching her site words like is, in, her, him, stuff like that

Heather - posted on 09/01/2010

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My son has been counting to 20 since he was about that age too! We work with him all the time on naming objects, shapes, colors, etc. He can recognize all of his A,B,C's and numbers 1-20, out of order! It sounds like he is right where he should be. Can he recognize them though? Work with him on that and counting to 30!

Wanda - posted on 09/01/2010

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thats great! i have a 29month old thats counting to 15 then skips to 20 and keeps goin, she knew colors and abcs by recognition not just the song all well b4 she turned 2. i think any baby can do it if parents start early teaching. every since mine could sit up on her own ive taught her. now she knows phonics of all the abcs, and we're working on reading with out fancy dvds! she loves "writing" "reading" and all that!

Andrea - posted on 09/01/2010

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my daughter is 19 months and she says 1 2 3 and when she wants to be a smart butt and i say you have to the count of 3 before you go to time out i say 1 and she says 2 and runs away lol ive tried to teach her more but she is content with 123

JESSICA - posted on 08/31/2010

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MY 18 MTH OLD CAN COUNT TO 10, KNOWS ALL HIS BODY PARTS AND SOME SIGN LANGUAGE...HE AMAZES ME EVERYDAY PARENTS JUST NEED TO WORK WITH THIER KIDS THEY CAN LEARN SO MUCH AT THIS AGE=)

Julie - posted on 08/31/2010

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My son will be 3 in December and he can count to 20 in english and spanish. I think it all depends on how much parents and teachers work with the child. No children are the same.

Robyn - posted on 08/31/2010

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my little girl just turned 3 and she counts to 20 in English and Spanish, and shes not Spanish. she is also adding and subtracting and knows all her ABC's.

Melinda - posted on 08/30/2010

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My 22 month old can get to 15, and to 5 in Spanish. But I really have to thank Dora. And she speeds through them so fast, I'm not sure she knows EXACTLY what the numbers mean yet. Use the clock to teach. That's how she got to 12 really fast at about 15 or 16 months.

Kristen - posted on 08/30/2010

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I have a 30 month old who can count to 15 in english and 10 in spanish. Thank god for Nick Jr. Kids are so much smarter now. But all kids do things when they are ready. That's what makes parenting so much fun!

Lacey - posted on 08/29/2010

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All parents enjoy that fact that their child is smart. If you feel comfortable with the learning speed they are at and it is fun for them keep at it. My daughter has always been a little more advanced for kids her age. I am not going to brag about it, that's not what you asked..lol ... But kids are a sponge, let them be and have fun with it, brag all you want and it is totally normal for a child to be a bit behind or a bit ahead. By 1st grade most kids will be at the same learning pace. Other parents are more hands on then others.. Enjoy it while they love learning!

Amber - posted on 08/29/2010

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my two and a half yr old can only count to 10 but with help..however she can't count to 3 in english, spanish, and chinese..every child is different.

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19mths counts to ten perfect and hit and miss after that to 20..she can say the ABC's in full perfectly.She could count to five before one in Spanish and English.Were not Spanish she loves Dora the explorer lol.

Penny - posted on 08/29/2010

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my son has been counting to ten for the last 3months he is 22months now. i was very impressed with him x

Amy - posted on 08/29/2010

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My 20 month old can count to 10, in the night garden has definately helped with that though its her favourite show and they do lots of counting on it!

Christi - posted on 08/28/2010

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my son is autistic and no verbal so nothing. i didn't think counting even started until they were over 2.

Avaria - posted on 08/28/2010

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my daughter goes to ten and if you are counting with her she can go to twenty repeating after you. She is smart I blame that on the breast milk so proud of her strides

Heather - posted on 08/28/2010

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my 20 month old can count to 10 his 3 1/2 year old sister counts above 30. They both know there abc's .

Natasha - posted on 08/28/2010

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my little girl just turned 19 months on aug 23 and she can count to 10 ........ not sure if anyone mentioned this as well but she also knows he entire alphabet!! we can write them out in random ,backward it doesnt matter she knows them all. are family and friend get a thrill out of her.

Suzanne - posted on 08/28/2010

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My girls can count to 10 but then sometimes they get it all wrong and say 1, 2, 4 6, 7, 8, 9, 3. So they are getting there but it is sometimes all over the place. They are 23 months and they are twins. Lillian has been very good at counting and has done 1 to 10 all by herself telling daddy. She has been doing this for a while however cannot plan on it happening correctly when you want to, just have to keep on plugging away at just showing them. Not sure what is normal as the twins are my first children. I think my girls are smart as they are doing things that their age group are not doing but with other things they are not, so they are probably just developing at different rates.

Corinne - posted on 08/28/2010

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My son helps me to count the measurements of milk into his bottle.
so he counts to eight
but I dont count that as counting because hes only mimicking what im saying.
children dont understand the importance or relevance of numbers until theyre actually using them for things like maths of if youre actually showing them what numbers mean like One block and two cars etc.. The people who are counting stairs are showing their kids that this is two steps, or three steps etc. I knew a girl who could count up to 100 and knew all of her ABCs by the time she was 18 months old. but just because she could repeat a sequence doesnt mean she knew how to count, or recognised what the numbers or letters meant. Every child is different. Kids learn to count when they get to school level. I dont think nutrition has anything to do with it, no more than carrots help you to "see in the dark" or spinach makes "your muscles grow like popeyes". And just because one child can do something and another cant, it doesnt make the other child slow or anything. there is no "behind" with children. There is only progression. Learning is learning no matter how fast or slow its done.

Ella - posted on 08/27/2010

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My 20 month old can count to 10 (with a little help from his sister) and my 36 month old can count to 20 in English and 10 in Spanish.

Megan - posted on 08/27/2010

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My son was obsessed with numbers at a very young age and could count to 10 before he said Mama (18 mo). He was a bit behind on the rest of his vocabulary, but that just recently took off too! It all depends on the child and what their interests are.

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