Posted in Milestones & Development, Toddlers

18 mo talking

Anonymous

Hello! I’m concerned my little one may have a language delay. He says like 6-8 words clearly. But still a lot of babbling. Thoughts? IMPORTANT NOTE: I’ve been a stay at home mom, So it’s been just him and I for a long time, and not a lot of interaction with other kids

  • Anonymous
    Sep 25

    Talk to your pediatrician if you are concerned, but I think 6 to 8 words is descent for an 18 mo, there are probably words you aren't picking up on either. Looking back at old videos of my son I can hear him say words that I didn't notice at the time. Plus I'm pretty sure animal sounds and stuff like that count as words too. Just keep talking, reading, and labeling things. Also when you ask a question give him time to respond, even if you don't understand his answer.

  • JEaton
    Sep 25

    I was in the same situation as you. I'm also a sahm with limited interaction. My son said less words than that around 18 months. I thought for sure he was going to need speech therapy. By 20 months he was saying over 100 words. Now he's 2.5 and talks and repeats everything non-stop. That's not to say you shouldn't be attentive to his current speech, nor neglect to bring up this concern to your pediatrician. Every kid develops at a different rate. My son learned to walk, run, and be physically active early, so a lot of his brainpower and energy went into that first.

  • Anonymous
    Sep 25

    6 to 8 words is great for that age. My daughter was pretty much always home at that age and was speaking in sentences, so dont feel like it's because he doesnt get interaction with other kids. He'll learn more from you than he will from them. I've been told that animal sounds also count as words.

  • Anonymous
    Sep 26

    Of course mention it at his next appointment! But honestly I think at that age it’s more worrisome when kids say NOTHING and can’t make any sounds with their mouth. Babbling is a great sign and in his brain those are words- one day it clicks and they will be words. Personally, I’d say don’t worry about it, keep on reading reading reading and singing and talking to him as much as you can. But as always, couldn’t hurt to mention it to your doc.

  • Jennie
    Sep 26

    My 4th child hardly spoke at all until she was 20 months. She listened, and responded, so I knew she understood but she she didn't talk. She's 2 now and speaks just fine. She's a little more shy than my other kids (won't particularly speak to strangers) but she speaks well to us. Just keep talking to him, reading, singing, etc. He'll get there! Baby sign language can help if he's getting frustrated by lack of communication.

  • Vonda
    Sep 29

    My son didn’t start saying more words till a month or two before he turned two. You have plenty of time. I just read and talk to him a lot. Even just describing simple things you are doing help create that vocabulary. I’m also a sahm.

  • Lisha
    Oct 02

    I am going through this with my 19-month old little boy. I am a stay at home mom too but i put my son into daycare so that he can be around other kids. Plus i want to go back to school too. But he absoultely loves daycare. We are in our 2nd year there and he has formed some safe relationships with kids and adults that aren't family.. not that anything is wrong with family. He knows what things are.. Like if i say "Can you bring me your shoes?" he will. or "Which one of these is the frog?" and he will pick the frog. "Can you pick the red jello? Which one is the red jello?" and he usually gets the right one. But he wont say the acutal words.. like " Want jello" or "No not that" Yes that" But we kind of have our own little thing.. Its a mixture of sign language and hand signals and nodds and pointing lol. Like he will shake his head left and right for no and when something is a yes he will get happy and jump up and down or squeal .. He has a signal for lotion and deodorant that we know.. and i tell him "Show me.. Point at it" and we play the guessing game! lol