Gabriella J Follow 12 Days

16 month old says no words?

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My baby doesn't say any words, looking online it seems like she should be copying words at this point but she doesnt - she does babble 'mama, dadda' & random noises... she understands words like no, 'let's go out' she'll run to the door... should I be concerned or is 16 months quite young still? First child so no idea! Thanks!

4 Answers

Dani S Follow 12 Days

My son is 17 months and he can say: MumDadDaw (dog), NaNNoYeah yeah yeahDeeee (duggee) CarBoo (book), Bow (boat), All gone, Oh no. He mostly babbles, says gah gah gah and eeeeeeeee a lot..., I'm not sure if he's on target development wise or not but at least it's a comparison,,,

Kathryn S Follow 11 Days

I think I would first talk about it with your pediatrician, they will be able to give you information as to what you can possibly expect at that age. From my experience it seems as if they listen, observe and understand first, soaking all the information in for as long as they need to and then all of a sudden they start attempting to repeat or saying more and more words. My 13 month old mostly babbles sounds, but she can say some things. Occasionally she will come out with a word or repeat what her sister says, like "go" or "done" but then we won't hear her say it again. I also have experienced verbal explosions so to speak, where it's like overnight all of the information they have been soaking in comes out. My best advice would just be to keep on naming things, reading books and speaking throughout the day and talk to your pediatrician about your concerns. Each child develops at their own pace and development is more of a continuum. So many of these milestones are more or less guidelines to give you ideas of what to expect but each child is so different. 

Drew T Follow 4 Days

Hey mama! 

Sometimes children just have delayed speech for no apparent reason. They normally will talk when they’re ready. But I would still take her to her pediatrician just in case because sometimes there can be other issues!

Good luck! 




Gabriella J Follow 3 Days

Thanks everyone! Super helpful <3

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