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what is your 17 month old saying? Where should their language development be at, at this age?


Asked by mamajody0507 at 4:12 PM on Feb. 23, 2009 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • Well, my DD is 22mths old and she is going to be starting speech therapy next month. She literally has a hand full of words (5 or 6). Per her Speech Team, a child , by age 2 is supposed to have 200+ words in their vocabulary. By age 2 1/2, it is supposed to increase to 450+ words. But don't panic. They normally don't start getting worried about a child's speech until age 2.


    Answer by KATMommie158 at 8:25 PM on Feb. 23, 2009

  • My son is 21 months, and has just recently had a word explosion (although it's all still toddler-speak that only daddy and I can understand). Up until then, he had maybe 6 or 7 words. Kids are different. Some are chatting with you by the time they're a year old, and others are the strong silent type until their second birthday. If a child doesn't start talking by about 2, it's probably time to talk with the doctor about it.

    Answer by BlueFrogMama at 4:16 PM on Feb. 23, 2009

  • My 16 month old says all kinds of things. Stuff as simple as mom,dad, and no to sippy and icky

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:16 PM on Feb. 23, 2009

  • Amelia is talking like mad. She says or tries to say every thing we do. She says 3-4 word sentences too. Such as Where's Elmo? There he Is! Where is kitty...meow.. She repeats letter sequences from the alphabet. etc. And she will answer questions. I know at this age, Jack, wasn't talking and it turned out he had an issue.

    Answer by EiEiO at 4:19 PM on Feb. 23, 2009

  • My 16.5 month old daughter says quite a lot, I understand about 70% of what she's trying to say (along with gestures, and body language) - but as for actual words, I'll list a few -

    Mummy, Daddy, ball, book, moon, hippo, teddy,bath, baby, yummy, swing, the list is quite big - of course she doesn't pronounce them all properly though.

    But, it's normal at this age to either have only a couple of words, or even be speaking in short sentences (the longest sentence my daughter says is "mummy, no!" when I change her, heh).


    Answer by ladysavage at 4:28 PM on Feb. 23, 2009

  • my 16 month old says a whole list of words plus sentences like i did it and who's that. I think it all depends on the child

    Answer by leemarie18 at 4:31 PM on Feb. 23, 2009

  • My daughter's saying a lot of things too. She'll be 17 months on March 2. She says, a ball, bye, eat, meat, jump, weeee, bye, hello, OK, oh no, yeah, cup, Mama, Dad, Grandpa (it sounds like Gabba, lol), hey, her own versions of "Thank You" and "I Love You" as well. She learns a new word everyday. With boys, though, a lot of them begin to talk overnight. My sister's has 5 boys, and a little after they turned 2, they were all the same.

    Answer by ThaMCE at 5:19 PM on Feb. 23, 2009

  • At this age, the 'average" kid is building a vocabulary. It might be just one or two words or it might be dozens.
    At the eighteen month check up, the doctor will want to see 10 to 20 words. Fewer may be fine or it might indicate a problem. More is fine too.

    Answer by kaycee14 at 5:42 PM on Feb. 23, 2009

  • My 15 month old says: mama, dada, no, yeah, up, down, milk, button, boobies, hi, hello, bye bye, night night, bed, book, booger, dog, doggy, eat, done, pee and poop(sometimes),there you are, there you go, where are you, love you, kiss, tickle tickle, get it, doll, door, ball, ba ba, juice. I know there are more but I can't think of them now. My DD talks A LOT!

    Answer by mlregalado at 6:03 PM on Feb. 23, 2009

  • My son is 15 months old and hardly says anything we know he can say a few words like momma,bye bye, hi but like I said he is quiet he knows what certain words mean like if we tell him to get his cup he will get his cup etc.I think some kids are just not big talkers especially boys.


    Answer by MoMMyto2971 at 6:08 PM on Feb. 23, 2009