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When did your children first talk?

Poll Results: When did your kids first talk?

  • 48% (59)
    Before one year
  • 25% (31)
    12-18 months
  • 13% (17)
    18-24 months
  • 12% (15)
    Over 2 years
122 Total Votes  
post #1 of 62
Thread Starter 
I'm defining "talk" as regularly using several words in context.

Just curious. I have a one year old who kinda, sorta, maybe says "mama" but I don't think it has much to do with me.

Please share... if you feel like it, what were their first words, too?
post #2 of 62
Well, talking is what dd is best at, so please don't use her to compare! She started talking at about 10 months, and her first words were "duck" and "Quack," except she said "cack." After that, her speech took off like a rocket and she had over 100 words by fourteen months. They were all words that she used correctly to name objects, and they sounded enough like the real words ("bappuh" for diaper, for example) that we knew what she was saying. Short sentences started at about 18 months. This was exciting, but sometimes frustrating for her, because she thought that she had figured out the way to get whatever she wanted! It really shocked her that, now that she could make herself understood, Mommy and Daddy still weren't going to do what she asked all the time! :LOL

The really good thing about having an early talker was that she never threw those two-year-old tantrums that are often triggered by a child's frustration at not being able to express herself in words, and she also never used her hands to communicate with other children (pushing, hitting or grabbing). The not-so-good thing is that those tantrums came a year and a half later, and they were VERBAL tantrums that sounded something like this: "Well, if I can't have ice cream, then we are going to LEAVE the playground RIGHT NOW, and we are NEVER coming back AGAIN, and we are never going to go to the museum, or the library, or do ANYTHING fun EVER, we will just STAY home all the time and stare at the WALL and do NOTHING NOTHING NOTHING." My little genius. :

Anyway, I think parents worry a lot more abvout speech than they need to. At age two, dd and the other kids her age were all in different places with their language, some kids barely talking at all, and by now (almost four) they are all speaking fine, for the most part.

Boy, I sure gave a long answer, didn't I? Must run in the family! :LOL
post #3 of 62
Thread Starter 
Well, wow! That is so impressive--and funny. How incredible that must have been to hear. I recall hearing from several sources about some 6-month-old miraculously early talker whose mother took him to the pediatrician and he said to the doctor "I have a left inner ear infection."

I would suspect that this is an urban leged except there was a snippet about it in the paper.
post #4 of 62
All four of my kids started talking by 9 months. They were talking in sentences by 1 year. It is a blessing most days and a curse at the same time. It makes them VERY demanding!
post #5 of 62
Maeve's first word, at 13 months, was "No." I was trying to feed her green beans.

Her second word was "Puussie-whacka" which is what she called our dog, Anushka. Go figure. "Puussie-whacka" is so muich harder.

She hardly spoke much else, except for "Mama, Dada" until she was two, even though I knew she was understanding everything that was said to her. At that point, she started speaking in full sentences.

Sophie is a day shy of two months and says "Me-me" for me.
post #6 of 62
My first ds, now 4, started talking in 3 word sentences at around age 12 months. Full sentences follwed shortly before 18 months. He was amazing to us. People would stop and ask us how old he was and it blew their minds when we told them. He was also the most polite child that I have ever seen. By 1 he was not only saying thank you but also your welcome, bless you and excuse me/us. Totally hilarious. His younger brother, now 2, was talking relatively early as well, although not as advanced as my oldest. He nows speaks in complete sentences as well and most adults, even those who do not know him, can understand him as well. They are quite the pair. I thought youngest ds would be behind verbally since oldest ds never was quiet, but he jumps right in there. The conversations that the two of them have KILLS me:LOL
post #7 of 62
We've got an early talker too, and I think it made his 2nd year much easier. DS' first word (9 mo) was 'kitty,' but he never said it to anyone else, just said it to himself as he followed the cat. His next words (at 10 mo, said *to* me or dh while pointing or both looking at something) were light, cat, dada, meow and woof.

I think many early attempts at words go unrecognized--I have often recognized other babies using words that the mom did not yet recognize. Getting the sounds in the right order, and getting more than a few sounds into the word, is very hard at first. We accepted 'beng' for belly button, 'god' for dog, and 'olyo' for yogurt because ds was clearly looking/pointing at those things and saying something, and because he repeated them in the next few days if not right away. Some moms might not notice these because they are too different from the adult word, or if they noticed them count them as not knowing the 'real' word, rather than knowing it and not being able to pronounce it.

There is lots of normal variation in starting to talk --some use single words early, some late, some start late but use sentences almost right away, and others have other patterns. Later siblings often start talking later, sometimes much later. In a few years you mostly can't tell who talked early or late. Still, it's fun to trade stories .


ds 11/99
post #8 of 62
I don't remember with my older two (I have it written *somewhere*) but I remember that at 8 months I asked my youngest if she was done yet (playing or eating? I can't remember which) and she looked up and said "Not yet" as clear as a bell. And used it properly and consistently since then!
post #9 of 62
Wow!! I knew I liked this board...all the brilliant kids!!

My son said a word or two started at a year, but it wasn't until about 18 months or so that he really took off. It took some work on my part to get him to understand the "concept" of language. That he could ASK for something and I would RESPOND. For a long time, he could name objects on command, but didn't understand what could be used with his language.

It did take him FOR EVER to say mama...which he finally said the otherday for the fist time (22 months). He could say "here comes the schoo bus!" before he could say "mama!" :LOL My mom said that was because he never had a need too...I responded without it! I'm a good mama....aren't I!
post #10 of 62

any late talkers?

I could have given 3 answers given that I have 3 children who are all quite different. I voted >2 years because my elder ds didn't verbalize at all until he was 2.5 yrs.

He is very intelligent but he is "different" from other kids. He is very advanced in some areas like reading and playing chess, but very immature socially and emotionally.

Anyone interested in the phenomenon of intelligent late talkers should read Thomas Sowell's books Late Talking Children and The Einstein Syndrome . A surprising number of very accomplished scientists, engineers, mathematicians and musicians were late talkers, most notably Einstein himself who didn't talk well until he was four.

Warning : Sowells ideas are controversial and his methodology has been faulted by some. He is critical of the therapy profession. His main area of expertise is in economics not childhood development. He became interested in the subject of late talkers when his own son was very late talking. Even Sowell admits that most children who talk very late have developmental issues that need professional attention. In spite of these caveats, his books have helped me to realize that there are many other children like my son and that his future need not be bleak.
post #11 of 62
Like coracle, my dd's 1st word was "kitty" at 9 months. At 12 months, she has about 20 words, and speaks a couple of two-word sentences- "My Daddy," and "Wat Dat?" (what's that) are her favourites.

Amy, mom to Tsuneo, 09/12/01
post #12 of 62
At 6 months, my dd kept saying, "Buck-a-buh." We couldn't figure it out, but she said it a lot. Finally, she threw a blanket over her head, then pulled it off and said, "Buck-a-buh!" with a huge grin.

She spoke about 10 words by her 1st birthday, including Mommy and Daddy. By 15 months, or so, she had added "parallelogram" and "trapezoid."

My mother's startled comment: "I've just never heard a nursing baby say 'triangle' before!" Was it the talking or nusing at 14 months?!

At 16 months, I was hiking with her in a backpack, and she pointed to 2 buzzards and said, "Mommy! One, two hawk birdies up in sky!"

By 18 months, she knew the whole alphabet in random order, and could count to 30. My ds is 3 and still doesn't recognize most of the letters. He couldn't care less.

Around 18 or 20 months, we taught her to say, "Long and lanky leaping lemurs mingle in the mists of Madagascar," in answer to the question, "Can you talk?"
post #13 of 62
My ds was a late talker. He didn't speak at all until after his 2nd birthday. Those first few years were very frustrating for all of us. He would try and communicate and we would try and figure out what he wanted and if we couldn't, he would disolve into tears on the floor. Once he reached about 4 yo, he caught up with his peers. We did have his hearing tested when he was 18-20 months old because he had not said one word yet. It was a very non-invasive test and it put my mind at ease to know that his hearing was fine.
He just started kindergarten this last week and his teacher didn't seem to think that he speech was even a little behind, it's so hard to tell when you're with someone everyday. He also was born just after the cut off for school, he'll be 6 in two weeks, which I think was perfect for him. I doubt we would have sent him last year even if he had been born a few weeks earlier.
J&G's mom
post #14 of 62
i'm glad i am reading this.

i have been concerned b/c my 6 month old dd is not babbling and somewhere i read that they should be doing it by now. she says "aaaaah" and blows raspberries but thats it.

she is the 3rd child and people suggest maybe it is the younger child syndrome. my other two were saying dada annd mama by this age

what do u all think? am i overreacting?

post #15 of 62
My dd just started speaking this month. She's 2years 3 months. She didn't ever coo or babble eaither so don't worry. I was sad when she was little and didn't make noises. But I'm enjoying her talking now just as much as I would have if it was earlier. She is so sweet. I never "taught" her this but she is also very polite. Peez, mama? thank you mama. She's always saying " I sorry mama? you o.k?" Partly the lateness might be because we are bilingual and I was always saying things to her twice. Once in English, then I'd remember I wanted to talk to her in Spanish. Poor thing , I must drive her crazy.
post #16 of 62
Madame Ovary, I'm LOL at your whole post, but especially ' "Long and lanky leaping lemurs mingle in the mists of Madagascar," in answer to the question, "Can you talk?" '

Recently DH asked DS (then 30 mo): Can you say, "How now, brown cow?"
DH:That's a good start. Can you say, "How now, brown cow?"
DS:No! I can only say "How!" I can't say "How now, brown cow."

post #17 of 62
Thread Starter 
mat4mel, I wouldn't waste a moment worrying about it!

I'm also feeling a little insecure reading this thread... dd is 1 year and babbles plenty, but no recognizable words, let alone10,20 or 100 like some on this list!! WOW!!!!
post #18 of 62
I have to admit that this is one of those threads where I begin to kick around the idea of comparing DS to others... not wise. I am enjoying the thread entirely mind you, lots of good stories but what I have taken from it most of all is reassurance that there is a huge, WIDE range of normal with regard to "talking the talk."

That said, DS is 20 months and although he's been saying a few words since he was about a year (mama, da, cracker, cookie, juice), he has really only begun "to talk." He is saying Buh-bye and Oh My! and is using them in context. His previous words are used more clearly now and he's been pointing and naming a bit as well. I see lately, that something has really "clicked." For all the waiting, there are some pretty big thoughts going on in that kid's head.

Honestly, I haven't worried much about it at all. He understands so very much more than he can say and signs just a smidge (has helped reduce some whining when he wants "more" for instance). All in all, I know the words will come and when they do, WATCH OUT!

post #19 of 62

Two late talkers

My two talkers (baby is the third child, he is 9 months old, no talking yet) WERE the biter/ grabbers who communicated with their hands. My first said less than 50 words or silibles that meant words around his third birthday. I agonised over it for a long time and sat and counted them all. I think I still have the list somewhere. We were in Israel until then. When we came to the states we had him evaled. The theory was that the dual language envirement caused him to speak more slowly. The facinating thing about him was he told whole stories using his few sylables/ words and sounds and hand motions. A car was his own made up version of "vroom vroom". It was actually the exact sound that are car made as it was starting up. Even other people said so. So he was in speech therapy from 3.5- 4.5 and ended up with beautiful speech. Now at 5.5 we have been back in Israel for a year and he is speaking three languages beautifully, though not fluently.

My second DS was evaled at 18 months and was given therapy at 2 . He is now 3 and a few months. He only had therapy over a summer. He had OT problems as well, muscle things. His speech is not clear and he still has problems with some sounds but he is way ahead of where his brother was at this age. He is begining to catch on to the other languages as well, now.

post #20 of 62
My son was very vocal, but in his own language, He didnt start talking (including simple things like drink, hungry, Mommy) Until he was 2 1/2 almost 3. He's now 3 1/2 and speaks full sentinces...He was a late bloomer....

My DD On the other hand starting talking at 6 months, he first "Word" was "I DID IT" Which she shouted right after climing up onto the couch for the first time She's not a very talkative child, but can speak full sentences now at 16 months, when she wants to.
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