When did your toddler start talking?

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Tara posted this 12 February 2019

My son is 19 months old. He says mama, dada, apple and hi. He is desperately trying to communicate - making "talking sounds" all time time, pointing, gesturing, etc but is really not progressing much in speech. When did your toddlers really start talking well? Is this something I should be worried about?

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Michelle posted this 12 February 2019

All children talk at a different speed! If it helps ease your worry, bring it up to your doc. But my son didn't really start talking till he was 2 and now he doesn't stop! I wouldn't be worried. 

Deborah posted this 12 February 2019

Nah don't worry mama! My son was doing that at 2 as well and was 3 by the time he started talking in full sentences, now he doesn't stop. 

Firhadi posted this 12 February 2019

My son started talking at 2 at 2 but his words were barely understandable. My daughter on the other hand started at 9 months with minimal words but was speaking clearly at 13 months. 

B posted this 12 February 2019

My son started talking around 18 months. I heard boys take longer to do everything 

Carol posted this 13 February 2019

My first child started talking when he was 2 years old and his voice was awesome (few years later).

Salley posted this 13 February 2019

My nephew started talking after 18 month while his sister started talking after 2 years

Nicole posted this 19 February 2019

My daughter started talking at 15 months. I also did sign language with her which helped a lot. I read a lot to her, sang nursery rhymes, and did flash cards all to which helped her communicate fast. I am also currently doing this with my 1 year old and it is also helping her communicate. 

Katie posted this 19 February 2019

My niece started talking between 10-12months. What helped was all the music we listened to with her. 

Jennifer posted this 17 May 2019

My son was about 15 months. I think my daughter will be aboit the same 

Kaylee posted this 17 May 2019

Every kid is different!  Don't compare him to other kids, because they all vary so much. I would bring it up to your doctor for your own piece of mind, but it doesn't sound like there's anything to be concerned about at this point!

Ashley posted this 17 May 2019

My son started talking at 9 months and my daughter 14 months. They all learn and begin things at different times. However, just be cautious with ear infections and hearing issues. We had to put tubes in my daughters ears at 18 months because recurrent ear infections causing her to not be able to hear well. And then since she couldn't hear properly I believe it stunted her speech development. After the tubes were placed her speech drastically increased! 

Kate posted this 17 May 2019

My oldest was about 15 months when she started saying a few words, but she wasn't really saying much, or combining words until about 20 months. As others have said, there is so much variability with this, that comparing with others often just makes you more anxious, rather than helping. But if you're concerned, I would recommend talking to your pediatrician about it and see what they recommend. If you're in the US you can refer to Early Intervention (process will vary from state to state, but all states should have a program) for evaluation and possible services.