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I am not at all worried and i know all babies develop differently but i was curious to see how other bubs were going with their language skills at around 17 - 18 months....
My Ds has great understanding of language but doesnt say many words at all, mainly just Mum and Dad and Ta. He has popped words out here and there but then we never hear them again, such as Dog, Hello, Nan....
He babbles and has great convo's with us in his own language....
Like i say not really worried just curious.
My DD1 was the same at that age - babbled away but very few intelligible words. She would say "go go go" when the traffic light turned green but that was about it. I knew that her comprehension was fantastic and wasn't too worried, even though many of our friends were more advanced in the speech department. Then a family friend who is an ear nose and throat surgeon came to stay and he had a word to me about getting her hearing checked as he thought she should have been talking more by then. So then I started to worry. I was pretty sure her hearing was okay as her comprehension was so good, but he had me doubting my own judgement for a while there. A few weeks later she started saying words like "cuddle" (as in "give me one Mum") and I stopped worrying again. She is now 2 1/2 and chatters away non-stop. Many of her words are still not clear but she is improving all the time. Although she is a little behind some of her peers in this area she is way ahead of them in others, so I have decided that it all balances out along the way.
hi i was just wondering the same thing ,my ds who is 14 months babbles away says mamma,dad,duck (& points to the duck) we ask him if he would like abook & to go and choses one he brings one back and sits down to listen (oh it just melts my heart)
but i have noticed that little ones only slightly older than him are saying more ,i think it must be an indivual development thing.
my sister who is 23 now said hardly a word for her first 3 years ,my mum whos ateacher was getting really worried and her nanny had bought it up with mum .
just as mum was getting ready to have her assesed her nanny said not to worry about her development or hearing as she had spent all day singing ,nick grenier is no good chop him up for fire wood if he is no good for that feed him to the old tom cat. :D
hope your ds is as much joy as my sister turned out to be.
Eloise understands heaps of stuff but really only says a few things - mum-mum, da-da, I see when we play peekaboo, that's about it. She points and grunts when she wants something. We figured out yesterday that she can also say her name - I was calling her for a bath and she came running in saying "wizz wizz wizz". At least I *think* she's trying to say her name - either that or I'd better get the potty out!! :rolleyes:
She can say a lot of animal noises though - moo for cow, zzz for bees, ssss for snake, ff-ff-ff for dog (woof) and a few others....
My 16 month old daughter is starting to talk up a storm and can say about 15-20 words ... including her own name which comes out more like 'tarter' but at the same age (when she was born), my son had mum, dad and no in his repetoire.
They have different strengths ... my son was physically advanced and she talks alot more.
She takes after me though ... what more can I say :p
Connor is 17 mths and he's saying about 23/24 words that i can count, and 4 sentences. He also talks A LOT of babble too! Don't be too worried about it, because they all develop at different rates. Even though CJ says lots of things, it doesn't mean he says the right things!! He wont say "ta" or "drink" or any of those things you want them to so you know what they want!! A friend of mine has a little one the same age. He's not talking as much, but they've taught him a little bit of baby sign, for things like drink, food,nappy change etc. Apparently they pick it up a lot quicker than talking!?! You'll probably get a shock one day when your bub starts talking heaps, i think they know the words, they just don't want to say them?!
Mum of Connor, 17 mnths
Bump, due dec 2005
Our DS (14mths) says about 16 words that I can think of, but lately every animal he sees is a "CAT" (pity his allergic to them :p ) and all he wants to play with is "BALL" and "GIGGER"(tigger) :D. I love the way they pick up words,DS says "oh dear" when he drops a toy coz he heard his nan say it that many times.....
TOO CUTE :p
My daughter started talking at 9months (seriously!) and was chattering away in 2-3 word sentences by the time she was a year old.
My son on the other hand only just started talking (and I mean, not even saying Mum or Dad before this!) at 2 years old! Now, at 2 1/2 he has a really wide vocab and seems to speak better than most of his peers.
I was worried about my son, never let my daughter speak on his behalf, tried to encourage him - did everything that I could think of to help, but it was down to when he was ready!
Every child is so incredibly different - don't worry if they are a little slow to talk ... they are usually concentrating on another skill, like my son - his was to scale our fences and escape as quietly as possible!
Thanks guys, its obvious from your replies that all bubs are different in their development (well thats obvious anyway!!)
Just yesterday Sam started saying Drink.. hehe so we are on our way and i am sure before i know it i will be wishing he never learnt to say a word !! :D
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