What is the typical age for boys to start talking???

Jennifer - posted on 07/15/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )




Ok, so I have a two year old son. He says words like mamma, dadda, mamaw, pappy, sit, down, off, and so on but im wondering if he should have a more developed vocab at his age and should he be starting to form sentences????


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Megan - posted on 07/16/2012




I think it all depends on the child my son is soon to be three and I can sit down and have a whole conversation with him.Sometimes it is difficult to understand some things but he has a large vocabulary and he speaks in sentences.He was speaking short sentences at two. On the other hand my nephew who is going to be turning two only says a few words. If your truely concerned talk to his pediatrican but I just talk to my son alot and he picks up more than you would ever think possible.

Elfrieda - posted on 07/16/2012




I don't know what's typical. I think my son's pretty normal and he's sometimes saying sentences like "Sorry hitting meow" meaning he's sorry for hitting the cat and "Daddy Mommy Thomas car bridge Brandon?" meaning he wants us all to go visit his cousin and "Thomas push Leigha!" meaning he's proud of pushing his friend on the swing. (that ended in tears, I'll tell you!) He's 31 months, and just started stringing words together in groups of three or more about a month or two ago. Before that it was all one or two word phrases, and it still mostly is. He communicates his meaning by voice inflection. ex. "Snack!" means he's pleased to be eating a snack, but "snack?" means he's asking for a snack. He's been adding adjectives to a lot of his previous one-word statements. Like "red blanket" instead of "blanket", and "soft meow", "two buttons", "big blue bear", etc.

You should google it. There are lots of websites with checklists of what your child might be doing, what's average, and when to be concerned. Babycenter.com is one that I can think of off the top of my head.

Try to take all those recommendations with a grain of salt, though. My son was way behind on those verbal charts. He didn't have the recommended number of words at 18 months unless I cheated and used things like "Owie" as a word. But suddenly a few months ago he just started talking. I think it's a brain thing, they just need to process things for a while and then they can start producing.

edited to add: not that he's speaking clearly, I don't want you to get the idea that it's normal to talk like an adult at 2. My husband and I have to translate a lot of what he says for people because he mixes up letters or leaves out sounds. snack = nay, cold = coke, raisins = arnis, bridge = bursh, Thomas = Bobbit

Other things he says can be understood by anyone: big car, truck, thank you, more, shirt, please, bye, blue, yellow, etc.

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