My 18 month old daughter doesn't say very many (if any) actual words but babbles alot?

Tiffany - posted on 12/07/2010 ( 15 moms have responded )

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she will go to her babies sometimes and say aww and kiss them, she used to say baby but she hasnt in a couple of months, and shes not interested in any other words. Is this normal for her not to say 5-10 words? She stays at home with me and her dad works away from home for long periods of time so shes not around a lot of people.

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Tajma - posted on 12/09/2010

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Hello, Tiffany
Don't worry my son is 25 months and say very few words , but he is aware of what he wants and understands me and his dad. I use " Your Baby Can Read " program and his vocabulary is growing. The videos are helpful and I play them through out the day I'm at home with him all day and we go on very few play dates these days. Try any educational videos or sing-a-longs. They do work
Good luck...

Jacy - posted on 12/08/2010

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hey my daughter is around of alot of her cousin and she was a lil late in walking and know talking but i think mine is late because we spoil her too much all she has to do is point or cry or take us to whatever she wants! all kids are different when she does talk you gonna wish for a mute button... lol

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My son didn't start talking until after he was 18 months and even then it wasn't much. He barely said 5 words when he turned 2. Then something clicked at age 2 1/2 and he turned in to a motor mouth!!! Talk to your daughter as much as you can and read to her for at least 20 minutes each day. She'll get there!

Brenda - posted on 12/09/2010

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If you're not a big talker, you might try listening to talk radio. We are NPR fans, and one day when my son was around 18 months he kept saying HYY HYY and we couldn't figure out what he meant and finally we realized it was the call letter for WHYY the NPR station we often had on in the background. And definitely don't worry about these milestones, they are just guidelines. She's probably an artist. They are quiet types!

Tracey - posted on 12/08/2010

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Hi Tiffany.
Each child starts developing at different ages. Where one child will be sating 5 words at a stage another will not be saying any at the same stage. I wouldnt worry too much about it but would suggest that you start encouraging her by talking to her and asking her questions, repeating words and pointing at them.

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Tiffany - posted on 12/10/2010

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My child "selectively" responds when her name is called. I think it might be an age thing for girls, but then again I'm not sure. DR doesn't seem worried, but of course that isnt enough to ease moms worries! As long as she responds to some things some of the time I'm sure its fine!!! and saying words is very good my 18 month old is JUST learning. but she has been babbling my ear off!

April - posted on 12/10/2010

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My daughter says about maybe 6-7 words too at 18 months. My big concern is she doesnt respond to her name being called? I know she can hear because when music comes on shes a dancing manchine. Should I be concerned?

Catherine - posted on 12/10/2010

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my 2 yr old said a selection of 4 words... juice, ball cake and car. he is now 2 and 3months and says maybe 100 words. will repeat any word I say to him. its like he found his voice and the flood gates opened.

Denise - posted on 12/09/2010

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i have a wee cousin that is 2 months older than my daughter i cant get my kid to shut up but my cousin is the quietest kid in the world she can speak but she is jus quiet i wouldn worry bout it

Tiffany - posted on 12/08/2010

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Thanks for all your input! The dr. ruled out a developmental delay and said that she'll come around but that it could be a speech delay although he didnt see one yet.... only time will tell. I've taken so many positive steps to becoming more of a "teacher" and less of a "playmate" which I think was the real root of the problem since I'm the only parent ever home (dad works away). I'm enrolling her in mothers day out 2 days a week so that she will want to learn language to tell others that don't know what she wants/needs (unlike me who knows what she needs without language). I'm being overcautious so that she doesn't "get behind" as in waiting till shes 2 to start working with her aggressively like some do. she babbled my ear off today because i stayed on her level all day, just couldnt understand any of it...yet! soon to change...

Tiffany - posted on 12/08/2010

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thank you ladies all so much! i took her to the dr today just for an 18 month check up and i expressed slight concern to my dr and he said 1 word is normal at 18 months and sometimes even no words. he said she doesnt raise any concern for autism but if shes not talking by 2 we will start thinking about speech therapy, but i guess she understood him because shes been babbling my ear off today! but thank you ladies so much for support and reassuring me things are okay, it gives me such a relief!

Ashley - posted on 12/08/2010

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I agree with Kerry I have a 3yr old and a 19 month old and my oldest didnt really start talking til she was 2 now its hard to shut her up... and same with my 19 month old she is talking a bit more then our oldest did but im sure its because shes the younger kid and still she only says about 30 words or so

Kerry - posted on 12/07/2010

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18 months is till very young. Both my kids (boys) didn't say much until 2 and then there was no stopping them!! Also a first born child is exposed to less talking especially if it's mostly you and bub so it may take a little while longer. Don't panic, maybe go to some playgroups parks etc, places that encourage talking about new things. 18 months is too young to start worrying about autism!

Fawn - posted on 12/07/2010

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I would leave her alone for alittle bit longer....she will talk when she is ready my daughter didn't really talk at 18 months....maybe your baby doesn't have that much to say yet.

Kimber - posted on 12/07/2010

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I would talk to her doctor about it. I have had several people in my life with autism and they say the biggest sign is if they start 'losing words' Maybe do some online research and see what the studies show. She could very well just not be ready to talk yet. But it's always worth a look a little further just to be safe.

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