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When did your toddler really learn to talk? *Mary Moon* 1 child; New York 3601 posts
20th Jun '13

Sometimes I find the communication gap with my 17 month old so frustrating. Like I make him a nice lunch, get him in the high chair, he takes a look, sniff and lick of his food and starts screaming. It's like "what's wrong? Are you not hungry? Do you want something else? Did you sit on your nuts? Why are you so angry?!"
When does a toddler in your experience go from screaming to talk, or babbling to talking depending on how vehement your child is I guess. Mine doesn't yell about everything. He does use some words. When he is pissed though, he is just really really pissed...



ETA: my niece is 2 not quite 2.5 y/o. She can talk-talk. Not babble. But I have no clue when she went from mama, baba, etc to "bye bye, see you later Aunt Lindsey". It seems like it is overnight. I'm just wondering when kids go from babble and little words to talking. I'm not worried about his speech rate, just curious how it happens. She baffles me. Losing her little fat baby face to boot. :(

Vivian [♥] 2 kids; Balls Deep, in, Georgia 13909 posts
20th Jun '13

DD didn't say a word, not one, until 18 months on the dot. I'd say right after she turned 2 she just exploded with words/sentences and now at 3 1/2 she makes my ears bleed on a daily basis because she won't shut up :lol::P

ℕightingale 1 child; Mississippi 7052 posts
21st Jun '13

I wouldn't worry DD is 21 months and she barely speaks. She can say dada, daddy, no, yeah, wow, see or si (I dont know yet lol), up, mama (rarely), and other words but doesn't say them often. She used to say bye bye but wont anymore now she just waves and it's the same with hi a bit frustrating but they'll get the hang of it soon.

user banned Due April 2; Georgia 7200 posts
21st Jun '13

The boys will he 2 in 3 days, and still only say a few words.

*Mary Moon* 1 child; New York 3601 posts
21st Jun '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Vivian [♥]:</b>" DD didn't say a word, not one, until 18 months on the dot. I'd say right after she turned 2 she just ... [snip!] ... just exploded with words/sentences and now at 3 1/2 she makes my ears bleed on a daily basis because she won't shut up :lol::P"</blockquote>




That sounds like my other niece. She likes to tell stories. COMPLETE NONSENSE. I mean absolute crazy nonsense. Talking about freshbeat band going to the dollar store with her to buy blue ducks and then she drove them to McDonald's and they had a party with Mickey the magnet (cartoon character in a commercial for a local scrap yard) and on and on. It's like she takes everything she sees or hears and makes a big mental story book. She could go on for hours. Cute and mind numbing at the same time.

Summerfrost 51 kids; Massachusetts 6546 posts
21st Jun '13

Trust me, it's not that great when they can start talking about their lunch. It's normally high pitched squealing and 'peanut butter is TOUCHING MY JELLY!!'



I'd say my boys were having conversations with me around 3ish. My 18 month old is primarily pointing to stuff and babbling. He actually laughs at the jokes he tells in the babble language too. it's really cute. :)

EmilyQuigley TTC since Apr 2012; 2 kids; 2 angel babies; San marcos, CA, United States 1593 posts
21st Jun '13

He got upset because he doesn't know how to process his feelings yet.
My son is 17 months also and just said a 3 word sentence but besides that he says some words and mainly babbles.
This week he just started saying things more but mainly babbling usually he won't say anything unless he wants to.
Now we don't have to do anything to get him talking and babbling lol.

Vivian [♥] 2 kids; Balls Deep, in, Georgia 13909 posts
21st Jun '13
Quoting *Mary Moon*:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Vivian [♥]:</b>" DD didn't say a word, not one, until ... [snip!] ... she sees or hears and makes a big mental story book. She could go on for hours. Cute and mind numbing at the same time."


DD didn't start saying sentences over night. It was a gradual thing. Now at 3.5 she surprises me with words that I didn't know she knew and she uses it in the right context. They seriously are sponges.

~Raylan's Mama~ 1 child; Tennessee 2116 posts
21st Jun '13

My almost 21 month old DS is talking decently now. If he's hungry he says eat or cookie (which in his mind is universal for snack/food), if he's thirsty he says juice. He would stand at the kitchen gate and scream before. I would calmly say..."I don't understand screams, you have to use your words. Are you hungry? (If he wasn't he'd scream louder) Are you thirsty? (He'd say yeah if it was what he wanted)" he used to throw his food if he didn't want it...I finally got it where he says all done and pushes his plate away.



I have been told girls tend to talk earlier than boys.

Mouse & Chicklet Due March 29; 2 kids; 5 angel babies; Barrie, Ontario 472 posts
21st Jun '13

My 16 month old LOVES to babble. He just goes on and on and he laughs after he's done. He can say door, mama, creep, dada, uh oh, Aaliyah (A-lie-yah) his cousin's name. and I want that. My niece started talking at about 20 months (She will be 5 at the end of July) and she drives me NUTS with all the talking she does. She goes from "Today, I played with Avery J & Avery L" to "You know that yellow truck that goes past my school, it drives me loony" to "Remember when we did ....." (Most of the time we never did what she thinks we did"

Nichelle Collins Due December 31 (boy); 2 kids; California 812 posts
21st Jun '13

Ny daugter isnt even 2 yet and she can talk her daycare teacher says she talkes better then most of the 3 year olds there. She will be 2 august 2nd. She just started talking one day. I have no clue where it came from lol.