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How much should my 17 month old be saying?

My son is 17 months old and doesn't seem to use any words consistently. How concerned should I be?

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Asked by momof3333 at 12:04 AM on Aug. 21, 2010 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • talk to your pediatrician. at 24 months mine suggested i talk to a speech therapist. my daughter has been going since february, and now she says something new every day and uses short sentences. speech apraxia is a common problem in children. sometimes if they aren't confident they can say something then they wont.

    Answer by xtwilightx at 12:10 AM on Aug. 21, 2010

  • A 17-month old typically uses under twenty true words, along with nonsense vocalizations and gestures. The gestures are used to comment on actions or objects in the environment, request whom or what they want, and initiate communication.
    Don't sweat it unless your child isn't combining words at 30 months. =) Remember every child is different and progresses completely on their own time! When he is ready he will talk! Also remember to actively read to your child and show flash cards. This should give an appropriate boost! GL!

    Answer by Glamourina at 12:10 AM on Aug. 21, 2010

  • All depends on your kid, I dont think there is a set limit. My daughter is 15mths and can say 11 words perfectly and then another 5 or so that is the beginning sounds of the word. I think that is a bit high for a kid that age so my answer isnt probably the best to go by.

    Answer by Allie120 at 12:12 AM on Aug. 21, 2010

  • It depends on your children completely! I had one child who could say many words by 10 months and another who waited until she was 2 to begin speaking properly. If you're a little concerned then you can always talk to your paediatrician at your next visit but I wouldn't worry.

    Answer by leah_rai at 12:15 AM on Aug. 21, 2010

  • I think it just depends on the child, and if they have siblings at home. My DS just turned 21 months yesterday and he's a talker. He talks in sentences, and he will answer you when you ask him something.

    Answer by Kissybratzmom at 12:22 AM on Aug. 21, 2010

  • my 17 month old knows 30+ words, can have short conversations, answer "yes, no, i don't know" in context and get her basic needs met (food, drink, diaper/potty, bed) but she's a talker. some kids just start talking later. if you're worried ask his doctor at the next checkup.

    Answer by sophistcatdfury at 12:36 AM on Aug. 21, 2010

  • I'm not sure, is a good website to go for help. My dd did not start talking till 18 months once she did I never had to count bc she practically started talking over night...I couldn't keep up. My son is 15 months and only says mama & dada ...i'm waiting till he is 18 months to get worried!

    Answer by MrsPilat at 12:38 AM on Aug. 21, 2010

  • I know there is a huge range... I've heard 20 words is average. I've known VERY intelligent people that didn't start talking till 3. We stopped counting/writing down DD's new words at 17 months when she got to over 500! Most of her boy peers started talking a lot later than she did though, I think most boys aren't as verbal.

    Answer by Blueliner at 1:51 AM on Aug. 21, 2010

  • Thank you everyone! I do feel much better and will be asking his doc at his next appt.

    Comment by momof3333 (original poster) at 12:08 PM on Aug. 21, 2010

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