when do kids began talking? my daughter is 18 mths and she will say mommy, stop, no, me, yes, but not really talking. she knows what everything is if I tell her something she just won't talk.. Am I just impatient


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Melanie - posted on 04/08/2009




my son didnt really start talking till he was over 2 and is still having difficultites at 4 while my daugther is 2 and been talking clearly 4 6 months, if you are worried contact your health visitor i did with my son and he started speech therapy at 2, but try not to worry no 2 children are the same my 2 have proven that 2 me x

Christine - posted on 04/08/2009




Every child is different! Personally , I would be very grateful for the slight delay :) When my first was born , all I wanted her to do was talk . Now , I have a 7 year old and a 5 year old that never stop talking and the worst part? My 16 month old is picking up on the chatterbox syndrome even though he doesn't really know many words...... Where's the mute button???

The only true advice I can give is talk to your child as much as possible. Point out things and say the name of the object during your daily routine and while reading books.If you are still concerned , please speak with your child's doctor. They will be able to help you out and point you in the right direction if there is a concern over delayed speech.

User - posted on 04/07/2009




My son is 20 months old and says about the same range of words as your daughter, maybe less, he too understands what he is being told but thats it. We even took him to a peaditrition it seems they will talk when they are ready. The only advise we got was to come back if he isnt talking more in 6 months

Kimberley - posted on 04/07/2009




Don't worry ... our son is 19 months old and he chooses what words he wants to say. His favourites are "da-da" and "oh-ohhh". He has said MOM a few times but when I ask him to say it again, he shakes his head and growls at me as if to tell me "nope, sorry, not repeating it again"! I listen to him sometimes when he is playing and he says other words but I can't make a big deal out of what I hear because then he shakes his head at me. I know he will talk when he's ready. Just be patient.... eventually you'll be looking for the volume button!! Best wishes!

Rachel - posted on 04/07/2009




seriously, take it from me..... i wanted my boy to chat sooner rather than later, and to be fair he was quick off the mark doing it! now hes 7 and all i seem to want these days is to find that ever vague off button! lol

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The average child (according to my pediatrician and what I have read) can say between 5 and 20 words by the age one. Of course, they all begin talking at different rates. Sounds like your daughter is right on track. The important thing is that she is babbling and experimenting with sounds. My son's talking picked up after he turned 2. I'd estimate that he knew about a hundred words by then and now that's he 2 1/2 he says a lot of 2-3 words phrases. When he was one he only knew 5 words - mama, dada, dog, bye-bye, and hi.

Kristin - posted on 04/07/2009




She sounds stubborn! ha ha. You probably are being impatient, but give it time. My oldest is going to be 8 in July and I can remember saying things like "I just wish she would tell me what's wrong" or " I can't wait until she starts really talking". And then it happened..... not just talking, but constantly talking! And then comes the whys and the how comes and then before I knew it I was well overjoyed with her speech, but honestly there were days I still wished she was a little baby. They grow up faster than you could ever think possible. Be patient and she will talk in her own time.

April - posted on 04/07/2009




I wish I had info for you.  Instead, I can only say that I'm in the same boat.  My twins are 17 months old.  Between the two of them I get "no, hi, ball, uh-oh, da-da" and not much else.  Some people say that twins sometimes talk later than other kids, but I don't know how much that has to do with it.  We'll just keep trying!  Hang in there!  I have a feeling it will come like a flood once it starts!

Heather - posted on 04/07/2009




all kids start talkin at different stages, jst b patient she will do it in her own time. :-)

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