is it normal for a 21 mon. old baby to not talk much.. should i be worried?

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my son is 21 month old n he hasnt started to talk much.. i dont know if i should b worried n ask his doc about it?? can anyone give me some good advice??

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Melissa - posted on 03/10/2010




are you the only one who thinks he doesn't talk much? i only ask because my husband was very concerned not long ago about how little our son talked...and how he couldn't understand anything. he's about 2 1/2 a little under 2 when he was freaking out. but at the same time i was getting compliments from strangers about how vocal he was and how easily understood he is! it seemed like he just woke up one morning a few months ago though and was holding full conversations! if you're worried, definitely talk to your doc. he'll let you know if there is anything you should be concerned about. OR you could call your early intervention center with easter seals and ask for an evaluation. they will come to you, your tax dollars already pay for it (so there's no additional charge for the eval or services if they're determined to be needed), and it will give you peace of mind.

Caitlin - posted on 03/10/2010




My daughter is only 16 months old, but she still only says mama and dada. She understands and points a lot and babbles all the time, but no words yet besides mama and dada. If they understand you, i think it's fine, but worth a mention at their next checkup.

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i mean he sure does A LOT of jibberish... n does some words..n he tries to comunicate with us a lot.. but my niece was saying a whole lot more when she was his age.. n their only like six months apart, thats why im getting a lil concern, i guess cause im young n im not so experience with a whole lot yet.. his my first kid so thats why im so concern about it..but thank you everyone for the advice n help..=)

Torey - posted on 03/10/2010




Hi Lina,

My twin girls are 27 months old and they are just starting to really use their voice at times. There is still some times that they will not say anything. When they were about 20 months old or so I questioned their doctor and he told me that if they don't really show signs of talking then we should get them tested, but we did not have to do that because they started. So, I would wait until he is aleast 24 months to be really worried. Hope that things go really well for you and your little one.


Geri - posted on 03/10/2010




My daughter is 21 months, too. She talks some, but not alot. My pediatrician said as long as she understands things and communicates, whether it's pointing or whatever, then the developement is there. She also told me not to worry, some kids don't feel they have to talk. It will come in due time. But if you are worried, I would ask at your next check-up. Parents are the first to notice when something isn't right. But remember, we are also the first to worry:)

Adrienne - posted on 03/10/2010




If your worried about it talk to the doctor about it. My oldest son is 2.5 years old and is just finally starting to talk lots. At 21 months he was barely talking and it worried me like it is you right now. In my case both my husband and I are very quiet and shy people so we don't talk a lot but I have been improving on that and talking about everything and anything with my boys. My youngest at the moment is 1.5 years old and he talks a little more then what my oldest did at 21 months but not too much. I know some kids are late talkers and once they start talking they don't stop. Good Luck!

Sarah - posted on 03/10/2010




If you are worried about it I would talk to your doc. and possibly have his hearing and speech evaluated. It might be nothing, but if it is something the sooner you start early intervention services the better. So better safe than sorry kind of thing. Also go with your gut. If you feel something is wrong push for answers. Often times people will say that some kids are just slower to start talking (which is very true and might be the case), but sometimes there is a problem and the longer it takes to get help the further delayed they become. Talk with your doc. first and see what he/she suggests. Your local school can also get you connected with AEA (Area Education Agency) that does free hearing testing, speech evaluation, and speech therapy.

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