When did your LO have consistant words? Does it matter? Thanks,
Newly Single-Mama. Raising homebirth baby, Josephine, July '09.
He can say daddy, puppy, kitty, baby, all done, Tyson (our dog) and a few other words. He babbles tons though. He's good at saying those words because they're two syllables and he says them all a certain way.
My ds only had 4 words at 18 months and by 26 months he had a 35% delay but it was made up with out alot of work by the time he was 3.
I find the more important question at that age is if she understands some of what you say.
I don't know if it's related, but he's a rather independent child - at day care, he'd rather sit by himself and "read" a book or work on a puzzle, etc. and doesn't seem too interested in playing around the other kids (though he's not anti-social with them either), so communication doesn't seem too high on his list.
It can certainly be frustrating though, and it has caused me much worry.
Maria , wife to A , mama to DS M 8/09 and DS L 6/12
Everything will be ok in the end. If it's not ok, then it's not the end - Paolo Coelho
I wouldn't even begin to worry until a child had no words at 18 months-- then I might start thinking about an evaluation, IF my instincts told me all was not well. Two months is a long time- give it some time.
I would worry more about a child who didn't seem to understand much. That at this age would concern me.
That really is the strongest indicator. If she's pointing, signing, getting her point across and communicating with you, not just in response to you than everything is just fine. (communication wise)
There is such a range until they are a little older then its a minimum met concern.
DS 10/09 DS 2/17/11 Blessing #3 sometime 2/13
She has words, of a sort. Most are not completely clear and require translation. She didn't even start using mama and dada regularly until the last month or so. And, in the last six months, she has regularly uttered a word like two or three times, and then we haven't heard it since. An example is cookie. It sounds like ca-kee, and she used it reguarly for about a week. And since then, we have simply not been able to get her to say it, no matter how many times we hold up a cookie and ask her to tell us what she wants. She points and grunts and throws a fit, until she's so worked up she can't even remember why she's upset.
I have asked my ped a few times about it. He asks if she is making her needs known in other ways, if she is demonstrating that she understands commands and things we say to her and she is, so he says she's fine. I would estimate her functional vocabulary is currently maybe 25 words, but her total when counting the words we have only heard a few times, is probably twice that.
He points and grunts a lot or takes me by the hand to make me do stuff, and responds to requests (get your diaper, get your shoes, time to eat, etc). The sweetest thing is when I say "I love you", he kisses me or blows a kiss.
My son had more words at 16 mos than his sister but he wasn't speaking clearly well after age 2.
DD2 is almost 2 and I don't know how many words she has but its a lot more than DD1 had at this stage.
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