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Old 05-31-2012, 04:56 PM   #21
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DS is 16.5 months, and although he babbles and "talks" constantly, he does not say any words that I would recognize, although he has said mama maybe a handful of times. He is starting to sign though, which is a relief, as he is trying soooo hard to communicate. He does understand what we say and follows directions when he wants to.

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Old 05-31-2012, 05:30 PM   #22
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Old 05-31-2012, 05:43 PM   #23
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My dd talked a lot at that age but DS did not. Not that he did not know how but he did not find a need to talk when he could just point or get his big sister to talk for him. Not to much longer after 18 months I started making dd stop talking for DS and he started talking more. Now at 2 1/2 he still does not like talking much and won't talk tO his sunday school teacher but we don't push him to talk to strangers .
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My oldest was saying hundreds of words and putting 2-3 words together. My second was already talking in full sentences of 5-6 words. BUT all kids are different and from what I remember the peds expect a minimum of 20 words by 18 months, even then they do not get concerned usually, they just say to watch it and if things are not taking off by 24 months, then they investigate further.
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Re: how much should/does a 17month old talk....

DS said maybe 3 or 4 words at that age. At 2.5 or so he took off and now I can never get him to be quiet
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Dd1 was saying 3-4 word sentences at 12 months - so lots of words at 18 months.
Dd2 didn't say 1 single word until 23 months and was talking sentences in 2-3 weeks.
Ds had maybe 5 words at 18 months. He hit his stride a week before he tirned 2 and had a new word pretty much every day. He was close to 2 1/2 before he started sentences.
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Re: how much should/does a 17month old talk....

DS is a talker and advanced for his age but has always been in a rush to grow up, walking at 9 months among other things. At 18 months he probably said close to 100 words and now is up to about 150+ at 22 months. He is now starting to use short sentences. I can understand him at least 95% of the time and other people close to that. If we can't understand he usually finds a way to show us or get us to understand. I always say he's growing up too fast
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