Originally Posted by sewaneecook
If it helps, Einstein didn't talk until he was 5!
That is an urban legend. Einstein talked at a typical age. I also hate this comment because it suggests to parents that if your child is a late talker, s/he will be a genius. And then parents of kids who ARE developmentally delayed have to spend a lot of time explaining "no, she's not a genius. She is really delayed". How hurtful is that?
There are kids who are simply late talkers, don't get me wrong. But not talking is a potential indicator of something more serious going on developmentally, and it's not to be taken lightly. A child who is 3 months behind at 2 could be 10 months behind at 3, and several years behind by 4. A three month 'lag' is fairly easy to make up. A 2 year one is not. It puts a child at a disadvantage socially, emotionally and academically.
To the OP: Your son has a handful of words, plus probably a few that you didn't count (did you count sound effects? they count!) So, he's on the low end right now, but he does have some words.
At this age, you're more interested in general communication -- does he respond when you talk to him? Does he respond to his name? Does he gesture (point? clap? lift his arms up to be held?). Does he point out interesting things or does he only point/gesture when he wants something? Can he follow when you point to something?
Is he learning new words? Very often at this age, new words are learned very slowly - like 2-3 a month. Many kids then go through a spurt of new words sometime between 18 and 22 months.
I'd keep an eye on his words. Keep a log of the ones you hear. If he's not learning any new ones by 18 months, I'd have him assessed. If he's steadily learning some new ones, I'd relax.