"My daughter is 13 months old and not talking anymore. She learned ‘mama’ first and said it all the time, then she learned ‘dada’ and said both all the time; for about a month, she stopped saying dada altogether, and then when she started saying dada again, she stopped saying mama.
Now she won’t say either except for the rare occasion. She responds to her name and sounds, so hearing is not an issue.
I heard at 13 months they know about 3 to 4 words, and for her not to say the two words she does know concerns me a little bit. Has any other parent experienced this?"
RELATED QUESTION: Should I Be Concerned About How Little My Toddler Talks?
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“If you are stressing it, I would talk to your doctor just to be on the safe side. All kids are different. A doctor once told me kids are like popcorn, they pop when ready.”
“The biggest lesson to learn is to not try to compare your child to another. It will only give you unnecessary stress and worry. Every child is so unique and learns in their own special way and on their own time. Her brain is learning so much at that age. If the doctor isn’t worried I wouldn’t stress too much about it. If your gut says differently than push for whatever tests you think she needs.”
“My daughter said several words but not near as many as she should at 18 months. We got her hearing tested and turns out she had mild hearing loss. Don’t write off her hearing as fine or normal just because she was saying a few words. Take her to get it tested just to be sure.”
“I have five biokids, 8 children total. Every single one of them slowed down talking, some of them to no talking, between 12 months and 18 months. It’s not unusual for verbal infants to get quiet as they transition into toddlerhood. Their brains are growing gross and fine motor skills, as well as learning concepts like cause and effect and object permanence. Since autism has been brought up, a speech regression at such a young age is not typically a marker for autism. Generally, speech regression around year three or four is a concern. All that being said, never feel silly about addressing any and all concerns with your pediatrician. Your instincts are important.”
“Every child is different. She may just be taking her time to learn words. If you’re concerned about it then talk to her pediatrician.”
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