Does she talk enough?

How many words should a 12 month old say?
samp9f957d12a09cd6b4When you watch a baby age and develop it is nothing more than amazing. Just a year ago Molly was a delicate newborn that could not do anything for herself and now I watch as she learns new skills everyday.

In one day this week Molly learnt to say "night night" as she went upstairs with her daddy to bed. Just minutes before this she surprised us by picking up her stacking ring and placing it on the cone. I am surprised because before this she has shown no interest in the rings at all. Part of that is because they are actually quite hard to do - it has a button that presses when you put a ring on to trigger the lights or song.

In regards to Molly's speaking I often think she isn't saying much and only really says Hiya and yeah, but then I have to remember that Mama and Dada count as words and she has said in the past dog and ball.

She has been saying dada and mama from five months old and I did not class these as her first words as they were sounds rather than spoken with an understanding of what they meant. Now she is old I guess I can count them as words as they are no longer just sounds that she likes to say over and over.

If we went with sounds her first word would have been dada but for us her first word, that we knew what she was saying and meaning, was dog quickly followed by ball, both said at 9.5 months. She has called out for her "dunkey" in the middle of the night when she was sick (her monkey). She is now starting to copy words, though not getting quite there, and sometimes says "ageh" for again. She has said banana before and cat and we get the odd ta here and there. The thing with Molly is that she is very very vocal and so animated in her speech but because she is not walking I feel she is behind in everything?

 
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20 comments :

  1. I think sometimes as parents we get too wrapped up in what a child 'should' be doing by this age and that age when in actual fact we should be focusing on what our child can do, not what they should be doing - I have fallen foul of this myself. I know it's probably over used, but every child is different, they are individuals and so will process at different levels. Milestones are technically only a guideline.

    Alexander hit a lot of milestones late. He didn't roll over until gone nine months. He didn't walk until gone twelve months and now his the busiest bee! He didn't feed himself for the first time until about twelve months. He only has a couple of recognisable and commonly used words - dada and yeah - but he does occasionally repeat words etc. I know most children his age are speaking a whole lot more, but I don't worry about it too much now because I can see he is taking everything in and I've made peace with the fact that every child is different.

    When you find yourself worrying in future if Molly is behind with a certain milestone, switch that thought to the positive, focusing on what she can do and encourage the things that she can't.

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  2. Oh gosh I wouldn't expect children to be walking and talking by 12 months. Libby didn't walk until 13 months and Lia isn't saying much at all at nearly 10 months. I'm quite happy with their development really, at 32 months Libby can say her alphabet, read her name and sing "angry men" from Les Miserables all the way through for what it's worth. But she's only just started to jump, so I think she's behind with that. They all come on in their own time, I'd rather my children were polite and kind than being able to do things quickly.

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  3. I find that they prefer to do one thing or the other. Zach started running at the age of one (he kinda skipped walking!) but was pretty slow with speech. In the last six months, his speech has exploded and I realise that I had absolutely nothing to worry about! We always worry that they aren't doing what they should be but generally they always do it at their own pace and we should go with the flow :) #sundaystars

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  4. Wow! Ted is 7 months and i hadn't even considered that words were on their way! How exciting! Thanks for sharing this and for linking up #bigfatlinky

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  5. Your first commenter Jade is dead right we focus far too much on what stage other children around us are at compared to our own, when the reality is that most of it really doesn't matter, I have 3 kids and they all learnt at different rates, my middle child was slower than his older brother at speaking because he had someone to do things for him (he is currently well catching up with the levels of learning his brother 4 years older is doing, in other words learning years ahead of his peers), their little sister was well ahead on talking to any of her peers and my other children, but has been much slower at spelling than some of her class mates. It all just goes to show that kids learn at such different rates comparisons are only important if they show there could be underlying issues.

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  6. ah, Daniel calls his money dunkey too, well we have daddy dunkey and baby dunkey.
    Don't worry about words - they tend to go in bursts where they seem to suddenly say lots of new things x

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  7. O, don't worry about how much she's saying. Honestly Sprog is 18 months old and not saying a huge amount more than that. I say enjoy the peace before the constant questions begin - that's what I'm trying to do #Sundaystars

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  8. I love how they messwith you :) Roscoe said 'doggy' on cue for two months and then just stopped. I start to feel like I'm hallucinating...

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  9. I know I started to think I had imagined it as well! Same with some of the actions she did for songs, did them for ages then stopped lol

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  10. Love when she asks for her dunkey! The first time she said it was when she was so poorly. My heart melted, loved to know she had something she loved so much and all concerns about having a comforter vanished.

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  11. I think it is natural to focus on what others are doing of the same age, part of being a parent, but you are all right - we need to stop doing it. I shouldn't worry as I think Molly is developing into a wonderful little girl and whether she can walk or talk fluently will not change who she is.

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  12. Awww so much to look forward to!

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  13. I think Molly might skip walking as she loved to get places fast! I think when she talks she will TALK!

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  14. Awww your little one sounds so cute to sing Les Mis songs! They will all get there won't they?

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  15. You are right we do get far too focused on what our kids can do and when. What doesn't help is you get the check-ups at HV and they check to see if they are doing something. With walking I was getting stressed about it and said so to Molly's physio who was so annoyed as she said kids are walking later and later now and Drs and HVs are using the the wrong ages and need to put them back. Helped ease my mind a bit.
    I think I just have to accept that I have a lifetime of worries ahead of me lol What I signed up to when I decided to be a mum.

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  16. As others have said all children start to do things at different ages. Molly is doing fantastic with her whole development.
    I have 5 and they have all been different, I've had 9 month old walkers and 3 year olds who barely said a sound one day and spoke in sentences the next! My current little one is 20 months and barely says more that hiya and ta, he speaks a load of gibberish yet manages to get his point across and even sings (in tune) to Barney and Glee (I have teens lol) in toddlerspeak but I'm not concerned. He'll wake up one day and speak for sure, even if the are Glee lyrics lol. Thanks for linking up with #SundayStars

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  17. Thanks for the reply. Isn't it odd how all babies develop differently.

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  18. emma says very little in comparison to Daniel but she is getting there. try not to worry what charts and books say she *should* be doing , Molly hasn't read those ;-)

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  19. Must start reading these books to her at bedtime them lol

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