How many words does your toddler say?

my daughter is 16 mo and only says 4 words. yes mom dad and ball. the dr says it is normal but just wondering how old your lo is and how nay words they say?


Asked by vampire2007 at 7:25 PM on Dec. 30, 2008 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • Mine is 2 1/2 and has been talking in complete sentences since she was 18 months (she knew about 60-70 words). She carries on conversations now.
    But I've had kids on both ends of the talking spectrum. My middle daughter didn't say her first word until 16 months and only knew 2 words at 18 months (mama and dada). She's 6 now and never stops talking but I can't understand half of what she says because she mumbles.

    Answer by justanotherjen at 7:27 PM on Dec. 30, 2008

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  • My child said several hundred words by 18 months and was talking in full sentences.

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:30 PM on Dec. 30, 2008

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  • Every kid is different. My son started talking really early and he is now 18 months and says about 40 words. But I am a credentialed teacher and have a lot of background in child development and most kids do not say as many words as he does. I have always done sign language with him and talked with him a lot. I am also a stay at home Mom. Your daughter will start talking when she is ready. Just ask for feedback and request that she talk like when you are asking her what she wants.

    Answer by Shannon0622 at 7:31 PM on Dec. 30, 2008

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  • My son is 2 years and 4 months old and he says LOTS of words. Complex words such as everything, something, refrigerator, etc. He sings Jesus Loves Me, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, and he can sing his ABCs.

    Answer by SuperBamaMom at 7:34 PM on Dec. 30, 2008

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  • At 16 months, my daughter only had 4 or 5 words too. Yes, it is normal. By 18 months, doctors like to see 10 to 20 words - but some kids have many, many more and some have none. Both are perfectly normal. You will see huge changes in the next couple of months so don't worry!

    Answer by kaycee14 at 7:34 PM on Dec. 30, 2008

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  • My neice is turning 2 in Feb. the only words she says is Dada and Papa... not even mama... oh yes she can also say Done, and tub... thats it... she has been seeing a speech therapist now for a couple months because the doctors were getting worried about it. As for my daughter she is 3 years old and just starting to "talk" she is saying maybe 30 words and just started to do sentences.. It varies from child to child, no ONE child is the same! It just sounds like your daughter is being stubborn! Good luck!

    Answer by ali_1107 at 7:36 PM on Dec. 30, 2008

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  • For 16 months, she's fine.

    My kids are all over the spectrum of speech! lol

    My oldest...complete conversations at 18 months. (his verbal IQ is in the 99.9th percentile)

    My second...didn't START talking until about 15 months, was shown to have a mild delay during his evaluation at that age. He is now three and is receiving speech therapy for a moderate delay. His vocabulary is large, but his articulation is sorely lacking.

    My third...didn't say his first word until age 22 months. He receives speech therapy for a severe delay. He is now 25 months and is using (limited) 2 word phrases and a few more complex sentences. He is very difficult to understand, but has made a lot of progress!

    Answer by TiccledBlue at 7:43 PM on Dec. 30, 2008

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  • im not really sure how many words my daughter says cause they all sound the same to me excepted mama thats really pronounced but as long as they are saying something i would be happy cause i know a lil boy that didnt talk til he was like 6 or 7 come to find out he had some kind of problem that stopped him from learning how to talk

    Answer by bugbug07 at 8:05 PM on Dec. 30, 2008

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  • My daughter is also 16 months. She says Ma, Da, ba (for ball), and versions of "all done" and "stuck". I don't know if this is normal for her age, but I figure all kids are different, and she'll talk more when she's ready. She expresses herself through pointing and head gestures, so I think we're okay. I do talk to her all the time about what I'm doing, what she's doing, what she's playing with, etc. She finally likes to sit through an entire board book (like, 5 pages) and we do that before she goes to sleep.

    Answer by rowansmom821 at 9:11 PM on Dec. 30, 2008

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  • my daughter is 15 months she has a few words. she says mommy, daddy, amy, baby, moo, up, down, no , yes, thank you,

    Answer by mom2girls82 at 9:51 PM on Dec. 30, 2008

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