My dd is almost 18 months old. She is very verbal and often speaks in sentences or phrases, like, "night night necklace" when she takes her necklace off before bed. She said her first word at six months, and she was saying "mama," and meaning it before she turned seven months. I tell her I love her often, usually after she gives me a kiss. She just looks at me kind of sideways, but makes no attempt to say she loves me. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/mecry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="crying"> Usually she'll try to repeat just about anything I say, even if it doesn't quite come out right. Why not "I love you?" I'm probably just paranoid, but it sometimes makes me sad and makes me wonder if she'll ever tell me she loves me. When did your toddler start saying those magic words, especially if you had a very verbal toddler?