1 year old vocab

(52 Posts)
catgirl1976geesealaying Tue 11-Dec-12 20:34:45

DS is 12 months and goes to nursery twice a week

Today when I picked him up they were talking about him speaking and how he doesn't speak much with them but they have heard him say some words to me. His key worker said "you are going to have to let us hear you speak soon Kittenboy"

I am now worried he is behind with his talking and this is why they said that

He can say:

Dada
Mumma
Gandad
Cat
Dog
Sock (it's just the "ock")
Fank oo (for thank you)
All gone (well approximation of)
Yoghurt (again more an approximation)
Uh oh
True (one of the cat's names)
George (from a book)
Good

He isn't walking yet either. He cruises holding on to furniture and will walk with his push along cart / push along walker but he hasn't stood or taken any steps unaided yet.

Is he behind?

I'm more worried about his speech than his walking as he always has really waxy ears and some big old lumps come out which I worry may affect his hearinf

Thank you............he's my first (can you tell?) and I don't have any experience of babies so I don't know what's normal, what's a problem etc

Djembe Tue 11-Dec-12 20:35:53

Eh?!

My 12mo's 'vocabulary' is

Mamamama

And

Dadadadada

Elfontheedge Tue 11-Dec-12 20:36:51

DD is 15 months and I have yet to hear a word other than "yehyehyehyehyeh". I wouldn't worry over much yet!

Djembe Tue 11-Dec-12 20:37:24

I mean, I don't know any 12mos who say actual words?!

Is this a stealth boast or is his age a typo?

BahSaidPaschaHumbug Tue 11-Dec-12 20:38:17

My 2.3 year old can't say all that yet! At 12 months it was strictly Dada and Goo.

catgirl1976geesealaying Tue 11-Dec-12 20:38:51

I know they all do different things at different ages but the way the nursery said it made me worried. I wasn't worried at all before, apart from about his ears maybe being a bit blocked but she said it in a "concerned" way IYSWIM

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

DorsetKnobwithJingleBellsOn Tue 11-Dec-12 20:39:43

DD's first word apart from babbling was bugger at 13 months, relax.

Elfontheedge Tue 11-Dec-12 20:40:02

Ooh no I wouldn't worry at all.

LynetteScavo Tue 11-Dec-12 20:42:20

DS1 (my PFB and therefore genius wink) had ten words on his first birthday.

Cruising at 12 months is fine. DD didn't walk until 15 months. I would like to tell you she went on to be a champion speed walker, but she is only 7.

catgirl1976geesealaying Tue 11-Dec-12 20:42:29

Sorry - it really isn't a stealth boast sad

I don't know anyone else with babies and the nursery really made me feel like there was a problem whereas before I thought he was fine

Maybe she didn't mean it how it sounded

If I've nothing to worry about then thank you and sorry if it seemed stealth boasty but she worried me and I have no friends with babies to ask or compare with

Djembe Tue 11-Dec-12 20:47:55

Aw bless you smile

She must be comparing him with older babies. Maybe not a bad thing longterm for him to be around older babies who will bring him on quickly at nursery, but pretty crap of her to worry you like that!

ceeveebee Tue 11-Dec-12 20:48:03

My 13 mo twins can say mamama, dadada, ta, baa (as in black sheep) and that's about it. Oh DTD can say AAAAArRRRGGGHHH really well and very loudly

LifeIsBetterInFlipFlops Tue 11-Dec-12 20:48:17

Bless you OP. I've no idea why nursery assistant said that. Really you have nothing at all to worry about. My DS certainly could not talk or walk at 1yr...and I think that's pretty standard.

Perhaps he's just a bit shy and doesn't say much to them at nursery. Really, don't worry, you know him best smile

snowtunesgirl Tue 11-Dec-12 20:52:58

My 12 m/o DD can say:

Yum yum yum at dinner time
OK
Yeah
No, no, no
Mum mum mum mum
Dadda or Daddy sometimes

And then lots of "nonsense" which sounds like mah-ta-pa. But then she sometimes parrots back something she's just heard like cheese, zip and weirdly enough; espresso. hmm

Her CM has said that she is on the more advanced side of speaking so OP I think you have nothing to worry about.

If it makes you feel any better, my DD is not even cruising yet and is very happy either just getting up on her knees or commando crawling everywhere.

catgirl1976geesealaying Tue 11-Dec-12 20:53:16

Phew

He doesn't talk much at nursery apparantly which I have put done to a) him being a bit shy with the

and b) us being more in tune with what his words mean as some of them are not very clear and as I say more approximations but because we know him we know "yog uugh" means "yoghurt" whereas I wouldn't expect his key worker to know that

It was just I wasn't expecting them to expect him to be saying lots but she took me by surprise and worried me by sounding like she was concerned he didn't say much to them.

If that makes an sense at all

You have made me feel a lot better

Thank you flowers

I do panic a bit grin

catgirl1976geesealaying Tue 11-Dec-12 20:54:14

Loving "espresso"

That's a very cosmopolitain baby you have there snowtune grin. Very chic!

My 15mo DD says Mamama, Dadada, yeyeyeye and various other nonsense sounds. You're fine!

ShowOfHands Tue 11-Dec-12 20:58:16

I have a 15mo and at 12mo he could say lots of single words (up, down, go, mama, dada, dd's name, uh oh, all gone, cat, bye bye, where, what, that etc) and was just beginning to combine words to say things like get down or eat that. This is above and beyond what was expected of him. He is definitely an early talker.

Most 12mos only have a couple of words, some have none at all. It's not too important tbh. What is important is that they can communicate. So show interest in things, point, ask for things, share the world with you, follow simple instructions etc. The language supplements this desire to communicate.

Maybe nursery was only making a passing comment about his selective speech and not actually flagging anything up?

Wouldn't worry about walking either. My ds walked at 9 months, dd at 11 months, my nieces at 13 months and 15 months. All normal.

catgirl1976geesealaying Tue 11-Dec-12 21:01:16

This is making me feel a lot better

I was less worried about the walking as I read somewhere that as long as it's before 2 it's not a big issue and they all learn to do it

I think it was just the comment coupled with the waxy ears

He is really big so also I think people may sort of forget he is only 1 and expect him to being doing more

snowtunesgirl Tue 11-Dec-12 21:21:43

OP, the espresso was because I'd just bought DH an espresso machine for his birthday. grin

ZenNudist Tue 11-Dec-12 21:27:32

He's doing fine. Perhaps it would be worth making some friends with similar age pfbs! I always take a lot of comfort that all my friends' dc's do similar things to my ds at the same time.

Crikey, I'm not sure we've even got 'Mum' and 'Dad' here.
DS seems to think 'Mum' and 'More' (food) are interchangeable. He may have a point...
DD comes out with occasional words like 'Dog', 'Thank-you' 'Mummy' just fine, then we never hear it again. Apart from 'Ack Ack!' Which means Quack Quack, but occasionally gets used for any animals, or just when she wants attention as she also signs it and gets lots of praise for it!

Trying not to sweat it... This thread not helping!

Piss off with your stealth boasting grin

16mo DS says 'mamamamamama' and 'dadadadadada' (not mama, just a lot of repeated sounds) 'oops', 'uh-oh' and 'no'. That's it.

He's been walking for ages though [smug]

That is good going for 12 months.

I think that nursery workers see so many children that they can find it hard to track their ages to the month.

You could always ask the nursery to do some baby signing with him so that they feel some responsibility for his language. Our nursery taught DD please and sorry as signs and she still refuses to say "sorry" and will only sign it. They also did her animal noises with her. Apparently whales say "whoosh".

catgirl1976geesealaying Tue 11-Dec-12 22:08:05

Some friends with babies would be great smile

It's hard though as I work FT and all the baby groups and classes are during the day. There doesn't seem to be much at weekends

When did your DS walk truth? Did you use a baby bouncer / walker thing? We didn't have one but I wonder if it would have helped him.

I love "whoosh" for a whale noise grin seems accurate to me!

DS is certain birds are called "ooooooooweeeees" I have no idea where it comes from but I like it better than "bird". grin

MrTumblesCrackWhore Tue 11-Dec-12 22:10:40

Ds1 didn't say anything other than 'row row' for probably the first 22 months of his life. When he finally caught up and started speaking (in intelligible sentences at 2 and a half) he has never actually shut up.

Unfortunately, this thread has blown apart my theory that dd2 is a genius. She is saying words at 14 months that ds1 did'nt say until he was at least 2. However, nothing like the list in your OP.

catgirl1976geesealaying Tue 11-Dec-12 22:12:46

He's no genuis smile

He calls everything he likes "dada" and also shouts it at random men in the supermarket grin

Some of whom look terrified

rrreow Tue 11-Dec-12 22:16:36

My 19mo has fewer words than that!

BertieBotts Tue 11-Dec-12 22:18:04

Most one year olds can say maybe one or two words?

Maybe the keyworker was meaning it in a nice way rather than a worried way, as in, thinking "Ooh I love this age, they start talking soon!" and was expressing that?

tunnocksteacake Tue 11-Dec-12 22:19:07

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

BertieBotts Tue 11-Dec-12 22:19:19

If you're worried about his ears get them checked out at the GP, I was surprised at the amount DS seems to produce, but GP said it was normal.

He took his first steps the day before his first birthday and was pretty confident by 13mo. He's generally better at all the physical stuff (rolling, sitting, pulling up, walking, were all pretty early) but bad, oh so bad, at the other developmental stuff (still never slept longer than 6 hours in a row and usually only about 3 - zzzzzzz)

Still, I find it very amusing that his only really understandable words are 'ooops' and 'uh-oh' - says something about my anxiety levels around him!

Sorry, I'm babbling. My point is, they're all different. They all do things at different ages/stages, but yours sounds bloody good at talking grin

catgirl1976geesealaying Tue 11-Dec-12 22:24:26

Sorry if this is TMI Bertie but was your DS's lumpy and hard?

Some of the lumps that come out I wonder he can hear at all. I will get im checked.

You may be right that I have just taken an innocent comment the wrong way.

Tunnock she sounds fab! I think DS would be impressed with climbing! I'm not sure he's seen that done by another baby yet grin

<really starts to wish for some friends with babies sad >

DewDr0p Tue 11-Dec-12 22:26:11

From memory, they are looking for 6-10 words at age 18 months. So you can definitely relax OP.

And re the walking, the average age of walking is 14 months and anything between 10-18 months is considered perfectly "normal" and there will be a few outliers outside of that range too. Only 1 of mine walked at 18 months, ds2 at 19 months and ds3 not until 21 months! Bizarrely ds3 is by far the sportiest of the 3.

Whereabouts are you OP? I bet we can find you some friends with babies grin

BitBewilderedChristmasTree Tue 11-Dec-12 22:41:35

My DD (PFB) only had a handful of words till she was 2 and then huge progress and full conversation by 2.4. She didn't walk till she was 17mths, either. DS is 22mo and had fewer words than yours at 12mo. He is now doing the huge progress thing all of a sudden, so every week brings new words. He walked at a week after his first birthday and is now a good runner and climber, but constantly trips over things.

Your DS sounds great! Completely appropriate development, and totally normal for you to worry!

nickelbabylyinginamanger Tue 11-Dec-12 22:46:45

dd is exactly 1 year. bday tomorrow.

she says
"yeah!"
mamamama
da or dadadada
ca' (which is catch but only with persuasion after we've played catch for 20"mins)
and she mimic us but doesn't remember words.
i think she also goes mmmmmmm when she wants milk. or food. or water.

she doesn't go to nursery but sees adults all day every day.

Fuchzia Tue 11-Dec-12 22:49:44

At 12 months my DS1 could say 'duck' or possibly 'quack' we were never sure. That was it for at least three months.

Now his nearly three he speaks really well. You have nothing to worry about.

Belmo Tue 11-Dec-12 22:58:44

My dd had 48 words on her first birthday, and I'd probably around 80 now at 15 months. She's very chatty, but she won't walk, sleep, eat vegetables or let me put her down for more than 2 minutes so am not feeling very smug! The only other baby I know only has one word but was a v early walker and is much more physical.

catgirl1976geesealaying Wed 12-Dec-12 06:58:15

I'm in the NW truth

I tried my local MN board-thingy but there was only me on it!

sad

Whereabouts in NW? I'm moving to cumbria after xmas and will also need friends with babies smile

mardarse Wed 12-Dec-12 08:06:36

DD had loads of words at 12 months and walked at 13 months. Was v proud and smug. Ds is 14 months (today!), calls everything Daddy - including me and is nowhere near walking. Not so smug this time! Your DS sounds perfect OP, it's a cliche but.it's true that they are all different and go at their own pace.
I'm in the NW too, with a WA postcode.

catgirl1976geesealaying Wed 12-Dec-12 08:08:36

I'm in Lancs so not far from Cumbria (which is so gorgeous - whereabouts are you moving to?)

amyboo Wed 12-Dec-12 13:04:03

My DS1 had no words at all at 12 months and although he started cruising the furniture at 9 months, he didn't start walking till he was 13 months. He's now nearly 3 years old and happily gabbles away in his two mother tongue languages, and spends half his time running laps around the downstairs of our house! He really didn't start talking much apart from a few words until he was nearly 2. He has friends who were talking a lot younger, but you can't notice the difference now.

silverangel Wed 12-Dec-12 13:17:24

DTs are 16 (13 corrected) months and can say:

Row row
shoes - which means tights, socks, shoes, feet toes
dog - which applies to every animal
Dat - which means everything else!

Jojobells1986 Wed 12-Dec-12 14:11:54

Maybe she meant that he was quiet rather than lacking in words. My 14 month old has no recognisable words that he uses in context yet but he 'talks' non-stop!

arista Wed 12-Dec-12 14:24:09

Unfortunately people sometimes say thing and do not realise how these things affect you as a parent. Your baby is still very young so what's the matter with these people? A mum knows best and if you are happy with your child development that's all that's matter.

Fruli Wed 12-Dec-12 22:17:25

Twelveleggedwalk I'm glad I'm not the only one. DD (15m) uses Mam for 'I want' as well as to address me hmm

We have mam, dad and caaaaa-aaaaaaa (probably cat; shrieked) and an almost constant stream of gibberish. Enormous amount of understanding though... Her keyworkers tell me she can say their names - I'm dubious (or my standards for 'words' are too high). OP your PFB sounds fine.

catgirl1976geesealaying Thu 13-Dec-12 12:07:37

Thank you smile

I'm sorry for being so PFB

I think (now you have all re-assured me) that she was probably refering to him being quiet at nursery, not commenting on his words as these don't seem to matter as they all get different amounts at different stages

He is probably just a bit shy and doesn't babble much with them

thanks to you all for the re-assurance and not making me feel too silly

TerrariaMum Thu 13-Dec-12 12:15:30

catgirl, I could have written your post a year ago. I was worried about DD's vocab, but in the last month or so (she just turned 2) it picked up really really fast.

I also stopped myself worrying by writing down all the words I could understand that she said. There were more than I thought and it was a great relief.

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