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Very talkative 14mo
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#1 Pocket79

Posted 09 April 2012 - 04:46 PM

I hope I dont sound like I'm just having a brag and I'm certainly not complaining about this but I'm just curious- my DS is around 14.5mo and said his first word before he turned one, although I cant remember what it was or exactly when he said it because his language just seemed to develop so quickly after that. I did a quick count the other day and I reckon he says over 100 words and understands their meaning, plus he can repeat almost any word you say to him and he has started to put 2 words together to make sentences eg 'Daddy's shoe; daddy's here, hello/ hi/ bye-bye (insert name/ place/ thing)' etc. When I was looking at the developmental milestones it says a child his age should be able to say about 6 words and that kids dont usually start putting words together until they are around 2.
Does anyone have any early childhood experience and can tell me if this is fairly normal and if it's unusual does it mean anything or does it just mean he is a bit faster to start talking but his friends the same age will catch up soon? I have also noticed that while the other children his age have started to throw tantrums he doesn't really do it and I wonder if he is better able to communicate his needs so he doesn't get as frustrated?  

#2 kristylee21

Posted 09 April 2012 - 05:03 PM

No experience in if its normal or not but my dd is the same, she is now nearly 2 and says well over 400 words, puts 3 or 4 words together and will copy everything u say. I've had nurses and a doc comment that shes very advanced but nothing to worry about. Enjoy talking to ur ds

#3 Fr0g

Posted 09 April 2012 - 05:13 PM

My early talker is turning 11 next week - (years, not months), and in my experience the advanced language and comprehension made life easier.  My memory might be short, but I can't remember him having tantrums out of frustration either.

My son is not Einstein, but his early language was one facet of his advancement in a few areas.

Enjoy it while it lasts ... When he's older you'll be wishing for the incessant nattering to just stop, like me, lol!

#4 Mummy Em

Posted 09 April 2012 - 05:24 PM

I seem to remember someone on here saying that advanced language can be just advanced language or a sign of a gifted child, and it is easier to work out which later on. I think if you follow their lead and try to keep them stimulated (as well as encouraging them to entertain themselves for short times, they do need to learn to do that) then you can't go far wrong at this stage.

What you describe is definately ahead of where my dd1 was at that age. Her speech was probably on the slower end of normal at that stage.

#5 *Mimi*

Posted 09 April 2012 - 05:27 PM

Sounds in the range of normal to me. My DD was speaking in small sentences at that age. She's 2 1/2 now and gives me a constant running commentary on her every move and it's rather annoying!!

#6 Honeymummy

Posted 09 April 2012 - 05:34 PM

Sounds normal to me too. My DD2 has heaps of words at 12months and around 14-15months she was speaking full sentences ie I would say to her ....... Hop out? as in the bath and she replied with "Yes mum I would like to hop out of the bath" I was gobsmacked. She however has massive tantrums. She has been called highlu intelligent by a number of professionals but I wouldnt say gifted or anything - but even though she has great language she tantrums with the best of things. Its not about expressing herself - she tantrums over not being able to do stuff.

#7 Hungry Caterpillar

Posted 09 April 2012 - 05:39 PM

DS was much the same and was speaking in full sentences before 18 months.

DD on the other hand is only starting to speak in full sentences now and she will be 2 this month. So she's about 6 months behind where DS was.

I think better communication skills meant less frustration on DS's part although he still had tantrums when he didn't get his own way.

#8 Soontobegran

Posted 09 April 2012 - 05:41 PM

It's normal for some 14 month olds to say 100 words and make 2 word sentences BUT it is not what the average 14 month old does.

My son had very advanced language skills but was much slower to read than his sisters.
Most children seem to catch up and even out as they get older.
It does make it easier for us parents to respond to their needs though and of course it is very cute  original.gif

#9 laridae

Posted 09 April 2012 - 05:46 PM

He may just have been concentrating on language skills while others concentrate of something else.  I know my sisters DD1 was similar, speaking quite well from an early age.  She was quite a late walker though.

#10 mumandboys

Posted 09 April 2012 - 06:32 PM

DS1 was talking up a storm at 14 months, DS2 and 3 probably had about 5 words at that age, and DS4 is 21months and counts to 10!

They're all different... it's part of the joy.

#11 it'stime

Posted 09 April 2012 - 06:38 PM


Should I be worried? My DS (16 months) says about 10 words and a few sayings (which no one can understand but DH and I)

#12 Kay1

Posted 09 April 2012 - 07:12 PM

I wouldn't say very unusual, but earlier than the average. original.gif I have had two late talkers but I know some kids who talked very early. I noticed especially because of the huge gap between them and my boys.

myboys - don't worry at all.

#13 Mariamsmum

Posted 09 April 2012 - 07:13 PM

Each child has their own strengths and weaknesses and it is often difficult to predict future abilities based on toddler development.

Your 14month old is definitely advanced in his language development compared to the "average" 14 month old.

You would not expect a child to say more than 5-20 words by 18months, and stringing 2 words togethor to make a sentence is what is expected around the 2 year mark. **myboys** your son is perfectly on track with his speech development.

Some more info here:

#14 Pocket79

Posted 10 April 2012 - 01:14 PM

Thanks all! I am looking forward to the running commentary as he gets older (even if it does get annoying lol)!
**myboys** your son sounds slightly more talkative than most of the 14-15mos from my mums group, so as other pps have said, completely normal! They are all so different though and it is fun watching their little personalities emerge!!

#15 MARsmum

Posted 10 April 2012 - 01:26 PM

My DD1 was similar to your DS.  She said her first word at 9 months and was talking a lot by 14 months and using full sentences well before 2.  She still had tantrums but was able to articulate herself well from an early age.  My DS is on the other spectrum and is about to turn two and only uses a few single words.  I think they are all just different and wouldn't be paying much attention to what they 'should' be doing unless you are concerned about some form of delay, which obviously isn't the case with your DS!

#16 Sancti-mummy

Posted 10 April 2012 - 01:27 PM

Enjoy the chatter!!  I found with my girls tantrums really do go hand in hand with comprehension and ability to communicate (oh, and sugar and how tired they are and if they are getting clear boundaries and if they are being particularly stubborn that day)

QUOTE (FrogIsAFrogIsAFrog @ 09/04/2012, 05:13 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
My son is not Einstein

Wouldn't be - the folklore is Einstein didn't talk until he was 4 biggrin.gif

#17 Isolabella

Posted 10 April 2012 - 01:28 PM

As PP have said it is 'normal' but there is a very wide variety of normal.

'Normal' walking is from 8.2m to 17.6m.

My nephew was talking in long complex sentances in two languages (and understandable over the telephone) by 18m of age. He also knew who to speak english to and who to speak German to.

My DS1 had less then 10 words at 24m but by 33m was saying 'mummy I think perhaps a train may be coming soon'. At 6.5yrs he is a total chatterbox and is known as a motor mouth. The constant commentary during the day is tiring (especially when he can't keep his mouth shut in a 10hr drive Syd-Melb).

Just enjoy your child and hopefully less tantrums as they can verbally express what they want.

DD (unlike her brothers who weren't talking until 2.5yrs) has been conversational since 20m of age.

#18 Fright bat

Posted 10 April 2012 - 01:33 PM

Within the range of normal. DS was the same, as were a couple kids he regularly plays with. Other kids didn't have as many words.

I wouldn't be especially proud of it, or read too much into it. Kids do things at different rates. DS is a great talker but has been hopeless at bowel control. Whatever.

You can google child development all you want, but most published advice pertains only to the absolute minimum a child should be able to do before you start to worry about their development, not necessarily what the 'average' kid does.

You'll find at some point that the other kids will catch up; similarly you'll find your son catches up in other areas.

#19 Missmarymack

Posted 10 April 2012 - 02:02 PM

My DD is the same, had 10 words by 1 and now strings 2 -3 words together. She is WAY ahead of all the other bubs in my mothers group which can get kind of awkward, but I encourage it by reading to her lots and asking her loads of questions.

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