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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:

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)

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


My 12mo's 'vocabulary' is




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

LunaticFringe Tue 11-Dec-12 20:39:37

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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.

SuzySheepSmellsNice Tue 11-Dec-12 20:48:55

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
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


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!

AntoinetteCosway Tue 11-Dec-12 20:55:22

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.

TwelveLeggedWalk Tue 11-Dec-12 21:36:28

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]

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