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18 Month Old Doesn't Want to Talk

I have a 18 month old boy and he want to talk.I'm a little concerned because he only says "nana" for banana "no" and "tete" for bottle.Even when he plays alone with his toys he is very quiet.Does anybody know a website i can go on for videos or books that can help me help my child.Please anybody HELP!!!!!

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Have you ever been around a teenage boy?? They don't talk much either! Don't freak out, boys "typically" are slower verbally. 18 months is too soon to really worry! As long as he is pointing or grunting to get his point across, he's fine! You know him best. You'll know if there is a problem. You just keep talking to him and answer him in full and complete sentences. NO BABY TALK!! He'll come around!!
From the Mom of one quiet 18 month old boy to another!!
Good luck!
and enjoy the peace for now, you could have a girl who has to narrate EVERYTHING!!! Like I do!!

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My sister-in-law has the same issue. He's the youngest of 5, so I'm sure he just has 4 other kids doing the talking for him. He just has a cute smile on his face all the time. He is known for saying 'Sponge Bob.' That's about it. She has him in a baby sign language class and takes him to an occupational therapist. That way he can at least communicate 'open,' 'finished,' 'more,' etc... I'm sure it will happen in time... In the meantime, the sign language might help you at least know what he wants.

You might want to try a 'Music Together,' or 'Kindermusik' class for some social interaction. They use cute little instruments and get the kids to move and be expressive.
Good luck!

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Have you ever been around a teenage boy?? They don't talk much either! Don't freak out, boys "typically" are slower verbally. 18 months is too soon to really worry! As long as he is pointing or grunting to get his point across, he's fine! You know him best. You'll know if there is a problem. You just keep talking to him and answer him in full and complete sentences. NO BABY TALK!! He'll come around!!
From the Mom of one quiet 18 month old boy to another!!
Good luck!
and enjoy the peace for now, you could have a girl who has to narrate EVERYTHING!!! Like I do!!

1 mom found this helpful

start singing to him. He'll join in!

My first two daughters were both late talkers. My first born did not actively begin talking until 2 1/2 years old and my second daughter did not begin talking until after 3 years of age. Every child has his/her own time table and to compare your baby to someone else's child who was talking at an early age is unfair to your child. I would speak to your pediatrician, however, about getting a referral to have his hearing tested. Does he respond to a sudden loud noise? You can test this out by clashing a pot with a spoon when he is in a nearby room where you can see him respond. Does he look your way when the noise is made? It's better to address any hearing issues now, than later. Please speak to your pediatrician if you are truly concerned. All the books and videos out there will not do any good if he can't hear.

He is only 18 months old. I would be concerned if you said he was 3, but he's young to start worrying. As long as he seems to understand what you say, I wouldn't start stressing yet. Teach him to sign a few words so he won't get frustrated. My son was a late talker and once we taught him a few signs (like more, all done, help), he started to make up a couple of his own (follow me, pick me up). He was a much happier child once he could communicate his needs, and eventually he spoke more and more. He is 11 now and in advanced classes.

You can do a google search for baby signs and find websites that will show you a few basic signs you can teach him

I have a 17.5 month old son and he only says a few words. (He added "up" this weekend.) He's my second, so I know not to stress. My first, DD, didn't speak a whole lot right away. Once she started talking, she would use a new word every day! Just you wait, what you were once waiting for to start ~ you'll be wishing for it to stop! LOL
Check in with your ped at the 18 month checkup. As long as all other milestones are being met, chances are there is no reason for concern. (It was explained to me with my firstborn that some children are busy meeting other milestones first and talking isn't "up there"... it WILL happen!)
Best wishes,
T.

Hi P.,
I understand you completely! I have a 3 year old boy, active, but was always home (no daycare or anything) and I noticed when he was almost 2 years old, he was still into the "mama, papa" things like that and his pediatrician and people always told me not to worry, children are different and some take more time than others...which is true, but I always felt like I needed to help him. By coming to this website I got the reassurance that I needed a lot of the moms in here recommended me to just in case check him out and call Early Steps and they transfered me to my local Children's Advocacy Center, which they help him w/speech and occupational therapy for free till he turned 3 years old and then they did all the paperwork to transfer him to Child Find, which they were the ones to enroll him in Pre-K for special needs eventhough he is 3 still. And believe me, he has improved sooooooo much! From the beggining Early Steps did so many test, even a hearing test and it does take time to receive help (that's why I suggest you calling asap) but it was worth it...even u have insurance they do offer the help for free...if I'm not mistaking they are all over Florida. Good luck, please let me know if you have questions.!

btw, the website for Early Steps is...
http://www.cms-kids.com/earlysteps/index.html

You may want to review if there's anything else out of the ordinary - how does your child appear in social interactions? Does he have speech difficulty or just doesn't have a desire to communicate? What you can do to help him depends on exactly what is going on with him and causing him to have limited verbalizations. Has he been slow to develop speech OR did he actually speak more earlier and then regress? To make a suggestion I'd have to receive more information or evaluate him. If there are any autistic spectrum issues then I'd encourage you to follow a holistic approach and absolutely avoid any further vaccinations. You can contact me if you have any questions or want to share more info so that I can offer further suggestions.

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