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summerset Fri 15-May-20 15:29:51

How much should a 24 month old be talking?

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JiltedJohnsJulie Fri 15-May-20 15:50:33

Is it your 24 month old and do you have any concerns?

Rubyroost Fri 15-May-20 23:53:55

They say 100 words by two dont they? Nut all two year olds are different

summerset Sat 16-May-20 15:01:19

I didn't have any concerns up until yesterday, in fact I was actually very proud of how much my ds is talking. His speech is very clear and he can definitely understand everything I say (also started to repeat a lot of what he is hearing me say on the phone etc). He's only putting 2 words together every now and against though. We met up with his dad (he hasn't seen him for 3 months due to lockdown and him also being pretty rubbish and uninvolved in his life in general) and he made a few comments about his speech, asking my why he isn't putting words together yet and also asked me if I think he my be autistic. This all came out of a 10 minute visit.

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summerset Sat 16-May-20 15:02:18

*now and again

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SomeoneElseEntirelyNow Sat 16-May-20 15:09:21

How many words does he have? Have you spoken to your HV?

BendingSpoons Sat 16-May-20 15:11:32

I'm a speech therapist. We are looking for 50 words and joining two words by two, so sounds like your DS is doing fine. If children are saying less we would consider additional support.

summerset Sat 16-May-20 15:16:12

He is definitely speaking 100 words and also putting simple 2 words together. Words such as 'mummy dance', 'read it', 'bye mummy'.

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summerset Sat 16-May-20 15:18:47

I honestly had no concerns at all until his dad brought it up yesterday. Before lockdown we went to a lot of baby groups and my ds was talking more than a lot of children of the same age so I didn't question it at all. I know all children develop differently anyway so I've never really been one to worry too much until the comment he made.

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Mintjulia Sat 16-May-20 15:19:06

It varies hugely. My ds didn’t say his first word until 25 months. He’s nearly 12 now, has talked nonstop every since. grin

Yours sounds fine to me.

FloggingMoll Sat 16-May-20 15:20:38

@summerset Your little one sounds fine. Your ex sounds like a twat. Does he have other children? On what basis is he even making the observation?

summerset Sat 16-May-20 15:22:52

No, he doesn't have any other children and also doesn't have any involvement with my ds other than a 30 minute visit every now and again. He doesn't spend any time getting to know him or speaking to him either.

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summerset Sat 16-May-20 15:26:53


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RedKite1 Sat 16-May-20 15:29:09

Please don’t worry.

My DS had no distinguishable words at 24 months. Lots of well meaning people were horrified and diagnosed all sorts. My gut instinct was that he was ok. At 2 1/2 he still only had a half dozen words. Age 3 he suddenly caught up, spoke in full sentences. He is now in sixth form, chatty and loves physics.

My point is that children develop at different speeds but reading your post it sounds as if your DS is doing great and you have absolutely nothing to worry about. The Dad is talking uninformed rubbish, just ignore and enjoy your DS.

VerityB1 Sat 16-May-20 15:34:31

Sounds to me like you are a wonderful mum and well done for reaching out for reassurance. If your son is understanding everything and lots of eye contact and play and the words you describe, he sounds like a wonderfully happy, communicative little chap.

Two experiences I can share ... my son didnt speak much at nursery but understood everything and the nursery called me in and said, "He doesn't say much" and I said, "But he understands everything and Einstein didnt speak until he was 7" I know, I know over protective mum. But when he did speak, for a while only me and his big sister could understand and then all of a sudden it snapped into place and he's extremely witty and all the rest. At one point he did have a little stammer because big sister kept speaking for him and it was the frustration, but when we asked her not to and also made sure well-meaning grandparents didnt say things like "Spit it out" that ceased.

I guess a little bit worried by the nursery, I made a big thing when shopping to name the different fruits and vegetables together and a lot of bedtime cuddly toys had v unusual and tricky to pronounce names and when we did the thing in the car about spotting a yellow car we had to shout out Spliddidysquadwidge ... as I thought it tricky to say!

lorisparkle Sat 16-May-20 15:40:43

I don't think you have anything to worry about however this site has a progress checker and useful information if you want to double check

Rubyroost Sat 16-May-20 17:51:26

Sounds like he's hitting his milestones bang on!

FloggingMoll Sat 16-May-20 22:25:24

@summerset You sound really lovely and a good Mum for being concerned. And as other PPs have said, your little one sounds perfectly fine and on target. Next time your ex says something about it just laugh at him and say: "Thanks for your concern, but I'm fairly sure I know my child best". Tinkly little laugh, as the MN crew say.

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