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what age did your baby start talking?

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gingertabby Tue 21-Oct-08 12:31:15

dd 16months deoesn't really tlk only says mum da and yeah
but not in context.
like she doesn't say to me mum or to dh dad

snickersnack Tue 21-Oct-08 12:35:11

ds is the same age. He doesn't say mummy or daddy or any variation of those. He now says "dox" (socks), "door", "dog", "book" and "ball" in context. Apart from that, he gets by with "da da da". Does your dd understand you? Are you confident she can hear you? I think they are the big red flags at this age, rather than lack of words.

They are all so different - ignore the websites that say they "should" be doing stuff by a certain age. dd at this age was talking very confidently and clearly in 4 or 5 word sentences BUT she didn't say "mummy" until she was nearly 2.

SmallShips Tue 21-Oct-08 12:36:14

Its taken to 2.9yrs for him to talk and be understood.

curlywurlycremeegg Tue 21-Oct-08 12:39:03

I think it is so hard to put a time scale on it, DS1 was non verbal until about 3, DD was very fluent by 2, DS2 is 19 months and manages about 10 words, not all are very comprhensible!

misselizabethbennet Tue 21-Oct-08 12:39:38

Sounds perfectly normal to me.

Agree with snickersnack that the most important thing is that you feel dd can hear and understand you.

gingertabby Tue 21-Oct-08 12:41:55

she can definatley hear, but i don't know about understand me?

meandmyjoe Tue 21-Oct-08 13:20:51

Sounds normal to me. My 14 month old points and says 'tats dat' (what's that?) and 'dad' 'mama' but not in context really just sort of babbles all day long! He understands when I ask him where something is though and goes to get his ball/ cup/ nappy/ teddy/ blankie when I ask him too. I've also taught him to go get mummy the tv remote blush. He understands loads but doesn't really speak at all yet.

RachelG Tue 21-Oct-08 14:46:47

My DS didn't utter a single word, or anything approximating a word, until a few weeks before his 2nd birthday. Then he said "tractor". After a few more weeks of only tractor, his vocabulary flourished, and at 3 he chatters non stop.

BlueberryPancake Tue 21-Oct-08 15:26:15

The normal range is so wide, I know a little girl who could count up to ten at 12 months old (!!!) but my DS1 didn't say anything significant before 20 months old. A few tips to help with communication - songs with hand movement or sounds (row row row your boat, three little monkeys jumping on the bed, ring a ring of roses, I'm a little tea pot ....) and you can show her the gestures and they learn that pretty quickly, even if they don't talk. I think that really helps them understand the link between sounds and activities. Also, I read my DS2 (18 months old) the same books every night and ask him to point at the different animals or objects, and show him new ones regularely. He can show me an airplane, a dog, a bird, etc... He makes animal sounds, but he still doesn't say mummy! My ds1, who only had about 10 words at his 2nd irthday, now has an amazing vocabulary at 3 yo.

gingertabby Tue 21-Oct-08 20:26:29

thankssmile

LadySanders Tue 21-Oct-08 20:29:42

ds1 was using quite a few words in context by 15 months, but all of them related to what he was interested in at the time - i seem to remember hearing a lot of 'tap', 'hoover', 'hose', that kind of thing...

FangolinaJolly Tue 21-Oct-08 20:36:17

Does he babble a range of noises,also?

Is hearing OK?

If so I wouldn't worry.

With dd she was quite monotone and never babbled properly,thats when we realised things weren't right,thopugh she said "Ca" CAT ABD "caah" early that was it.For ages and ages

gingertabby Tue 21-Oct-08 21:09:21

she doesn't babble much.
i think she can hear ok.
i hope so.

Marne Tue 21-Oct-08 21:13:30

Dd1-10 months
dd2 - is 2.7 and does'nt talk but she has possible ASD or language disorder.

The hv did'nt worry about dd2 until she was 2 (at her 2 year check)
She has now started babbling.

My friends little boy did'nt talk until he was almost 3 but caught up realy fast and now does'nt stop talking.

grannie Wed 22-Oct-08 00:22:37

Do second children tend to talk later? My GS understands everything you say to him, but only says a few words, he makes himself understood in other ways, such as pointing or nodding his head etc!

SheSellsSeashellsByTheSeashore Wed 22-Oct-08 00:24:54

My 17 month old is exactly the same as yours only she knows "oooowt" (out) aswell.

handlemecarefully Wed 22-Oct-08 00:26:00

Can't remember blush

But I think 16 months is too early to worry. From what I recall my lo's language really started to take off post 18 months

Suedonim Wed 22-Oct-08 02:23:21

I think it's incredibly variable. My ds1 started at 10mths and progressed rapidly, a real chatterbox. Ds2 has just a few words until he was 2.5yrs, then he began talking in complete sentences.

Dd1 started chatting at 9mths and by 16mths was using sentences. Dd2 had some basic words but not much else until she was nearer 3 than 2. She then acquired more and more words, eventually forming sentences until today, aged 12, she's proposing motions in a debating society in school!

I think seeing how much your child understands others is important. I was never seriously concerned about my late talkers because they so obviously knew what was being said to them.

Suedonim Wed 22-Oct-08 02:24:20

And fwiw, dd2 knew all her colours by 18mths, even though she couldn't say them - very odd! smile

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