How old is she? There is a world of difference in what to expect from a 12 month old, an 18 month old, a 24 month old, a 30 month old and a 35 month old.
If she is under 16 months, don't worry.
By 18 months, she should have 10 to 20 words. Some perfectly normal kids don't have any. Some have more. And a "word" is any sound she uses and you know what she means. "OO" for book, "dee" for balloon. It doesn't have to sound a thing like the real word.
By 24 months she should be putting 2 words together - mo ooee (more cookie) is a favorite.
By 30 months she should be using sentences with 4 words or more. I wan mo cooee.
By 36 months she should be holding short conversations and you should understand 80% of what she says. Strangers should understand about 70%.
at 4:04 PM on Mar. 12, 2009