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Is it normal for a toddler to only talk a little?

My son is going to be 2 years old on september 14th, and I'm worried about how little he talks. He says maybe 35-45 words and the only phrases he says are "no mine" "i love you" & "night night" I think he should be saying more words and phrases and looking online it says he should be talking more too, he understands a lot but he won't say the words. does anyone know if its normal or if i should be worried?

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Asked by Anonymous at 6:11 PM on Aug. 13, 2013 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • Sounds fine to me

    Answer by butterflyblue19 at 6:12 PM on Aug. 13, 2013

  • Normal.

    Answer by ILovemyPaulie at 6:16 PM on Aug. 13, 2013

  • Granddaughter didn't say anything until she turned 3.

    Answer by m-avi at 6:26 PM on Aug. 13, 2013

  • Totally normal. Kids develop different skills at different rates. Just keep talking to him; he'll probably be one who opens his mouth one day and surprises your socks off.

    Answer by Ballad at 6:32 PM on Aug. 13, 2013

  • Thank You all, He's my first son and I'm a young mom so I wasn't sure. @BALLAD yeah you're right, that's how it was with his walking, he wouldn't try at at all and one random day he just started working perfectly fine. I feel a lot better and relieved so thank you all again!

    Comment by Anonymous (original poster) at 6:39 PM on Aug. 13, 2013

  • Just to give you a different perspective, my son's first word was "Mom" and then he fell silent for a few months - no humming, no baby talk, nothing but regular 'sounds' like squeals or such, when he was only a few months old. After testing we found out he had Autism; high-functioning and in the communication department. He's 9 now and doing absolutely fantastic :)

    If you are truly concerned, ask your pediatrician about a referral to get him tested for 'developmental delay'. It will ease your mind and spirit and would probably be best to know. However, I'd go along with the other mothers and say that he's probably fine :)

    Answer by HayDay21 at 6:43 PM on Aug. 13, 2013

  • mine in spectrum
    this sounds advanced to me

    Answer by fiatpax at 7:03 PM on Aug. 13, 2013

  • He sounds fine to me.
    Been working with kids for over 20 years... His vocabulary will pick up very quickly after he turns 2.

    Answer by AubreyRed at 8:36 PM on Aug. 13, 2013

  • My son didn't speak a lot until he was a little over 2 and now I can't shut him up. If you are worried make sure to help him use his words and try to engage him in conversation about every little thing.

    Answer by amandajoy21 at 9:46 PM on Aug. 13, 2013

  • Mine will be 2 in Oct. he understands nearly everything I say. But, he doesn't say many words either. One of my older boys spoke more by this age. They're all different.

    Answer by HHx5 at 11:04 PM on Aug. 13, 2013

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