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my dd is 20 months old. She says a few words, but most of them aren't very clear. She knows what the words are, and their meaning, because if I ask where something is, she points to it. She just can't say them. Anyone have any tips on how to help her pronounce words better? She says mom, ba ba, da da, pa pa, pretty, get, stop, hi, and nick (her cousin) well, but says grandma like a-ma, kitty like key, tree like wee, bye almost sounds like hi with her the only difference is in the wave for bye and the hug for hi. lol. Any tips would be great.


Asked by Anonymous at 8:33 PM on Aug. 21, 2009 in Just for Fun

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  • Also just an fyi the milestones for language begin at 12 months where between 12-15 months a child should have spoken their first real word, meaning the word was used properly. The next milestone isn't until 24 months of age. At this time a child should have a vocabulary of about 50 words that are used properly, although they DO NOT have to be understood by everyone. At about 30 months of age a child should be able to put together 2-3 word sentences and be understood about 50% of the time. By 36 months of age a child should be using 5-7 word sentences and understood 90% of the time. So although its every mothers job to worry, don't fret about your little ones language, she sounds right on track. As long as you encourage her to use her words at every opportunity and not to become dependent on pointing her vocabulary will continue to grow and she'll be easier to understand.

    Answer by ba13ygrl1987 at 8:58 PM on Aug. 21, 2009

  • I think she sounds like she's right on track. Most children can only be understood by mom and dad when they first start talking, its when they're 2.5-3 and you still can't understand a word that specialist start to become concerned. Her vocabulary sounds like its making great progress and is right where it should be. At this age its not so important what or how children say words, but that they understand that words have meaning which from what you described it sounds like your little one understands plenty. To keep her vocabulary going have her attempt to say a word instead of just pointing. Like if you see a dog instead of saying where's the dog and her just pointing you point to the animal and say (daughters name ) say doggie or instead of her pointing to her juice say "so and so say juice please". Its not going to sound perfect and don't fret over this. Children spend their entire life time talking enjoy the quiet now :)

    Answer by ba13ygrl1987 at 8:53 PM on Aug. 21, 2009

  • Sounds perfectly normal to me. She will become clearer and learn more words as she gets older. Don't worry.

    Answer by meandmyshadow at 11:38 PM on Aug. 21, 2009