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What age do toddlers start to talk/say words?

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Tinks15 Mon 21-Nov-16 19:03:44


EsmesBees Mon 21-Nov-16 19:07:16

It varies widely. I can't remember exactly but have a look in your red book. It's got the average ages for first words.

Katkin14 Mon 21-Nov-16 19:39:13

My DS didn't say much until he was about two, then full sentences within a couple of months.

thenewaveragebear1983 Mon 21-Nov-16 19:43:05

My ds is 14 months. He says mama, dada, fishy (at the fish), a little screechy eeeh noise which appears to mean cat, mup and mout (which mean come up and come out) and occasionally other things that sound like real words.
I have vague recollections of my ds1 and dd being very eloquent by age 2 ish, but in all honesty I think only I understood their speech really.

MrsA2 Mon 21-Nov-16 19:43:49

DD did first words just before her first birthday - mama, dada, cat type words. Sentences by 18 months, counting to ten (ie repeating the number series rather than actually being able to count properly) about 20 months. But i think the 2 yr health visit check only expected them to be able to link 2-3 words by that age so loads of room for different speeds of learning. Kids just prioritise what interests them when they are little

AdelindSchade Mon 21-Nov-16 19:47:36

My dd talked very early but other kids I know didn't really until they were 2. No discernable difference in language skills now.

Namejustfornappies Mon 21-Nov-16 19:49:06

My 2 girls were both saying words at 10 months and 3-4 word sentences by 15 months. Knew colours at 18 months etc. However they both had friends who were still basically pointing and grunting at coming up to 2yo, and now (at 3 and 5) you would not be able to tell who was the early or later talker. In fact I'd say the later talker 5yo seems remarkably insightful and smarter than my 5yo grin

So - in my small sample size, anything from 10mobths to 2 years smile

ODog Mon 21-Nov-16 21:48:49

DS has first words around 16-18mo. Then little sentances of 3-4 words by 2. Now at 2.5 he's pretty competent (not grammatically correct or anything) with a large vocabulary and can sing full nursery rhymes etc. It didn't really happen gradually though. More like big leaps every few months with little improvement in between.

kiki22 Mon 21-Nov-16 21:54:13

Ds1 said mama dada type things quite early by about 9/10 months but he progressed to bigger words and forming sentences slowly, he was one of the earliest from my group of friends to say words but one of the latest to be able to hold a conversation with anyone but me no one understood him until about almost 3.

LittleBee23 Mon 21-Nov-16 23:08:57

Dd1 was saying a few words by 11 months and gabbling in sentences by about 15 months.
Dd2 is 21 months and still not saying a lot. She's only really started speaking in the past two months - yet her motor skills are amazing and far more advanced then dd1 at the same age. My friend's dd is two months younger than my dd2 and her speech is far more developed than my dd2. They all develop at their own pace but they all seem to get there in the end.

Are you concerned for any reason?

Caterina99 Tue 22-Nov-16 01:23:32

DS is 17 months. Upto about a month ago he only had about 5 words, mama dada cat etc. in the last month or so he has a lot more, mostly animal noises, but he's still mostly pointing and squealing to show what he wants.

CouldIHaveIt Tue 22-Nov-16 02:39:35

One before a year, fully chatting by 15 months. Another barely a word until almost three then straight into full sentences and now never stops. There's every age and variation in between.

Tinks15 Tue 22-Nov-16 06:41:17

Thanks all, no theres no concern. I was just wondering as DD is 16 months & she says things like mumma & dadda but not cat, or anything like that. I will just keep encouraging.

ItsNiceItsDifferentItsUnusual Tue 22-Nov-16 06:50:52

Ds didn't say anything hugely discernible until about 18 months at the earliest. Then an extremely slow rate of progression until he was about 2.10. I was worried. Then suddenly he got it and now chats in sentences (not complex ones), copies words when we say them, and picks new ones up out nowhere. So realistically I'd say 3 when he was talking. He's still behind his peers but I can see that it will even out.

TeaBelle Tue 22-Nov-16 06:59:36

Single word (daddy) at 18 months. Her language skills have now exploded just after her second birthday and she's pretty good at making herself (constantly) understood

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