My toddler doesn't talk much: Advice?

My son, who just turned 2 in November, is not verbally spoken. He only says dada, go, no, in, and eat. Everyone is telling me that he will talk when he’s ready or that I should have brought him to early steps to get him speech therapy. I just don’t know what to do. I’m a first-time mom, and I feel like I’m failing him. He has a doctor’s appointment in the morning, so I will speak to the doctor about it. But have any of y’all dealt with this, And what should I do? I let him watch the shows that teach him, and I try to work with him as well, but all he does is laugh and play.


My son is 3 and just now starting to pick up more words

My daughter took off speaking when we started speech therapy a year ago. Now she talks nonstop.

That’s what two year olds do! Ask the doc.

Reading to him and talking is very important. It’s good to let his doctor know your concerns. My daughter got speech therapy at 2 years old. She is 8 years old and she talks a lot except she still gets speech therapy because she has trouble with the “r” sound.

They talk when they’re ready. You can’t really do much to help that young. Just keep teaching him new words so he will know them when he starts talking. Speech isn’t really helpful until they are 3/4 yrs old. I had one talk at a year and one that was hard to understand until she was three. Don’t compare to other kids each child runs on there own timeline.


My daughter is 2.5 and started talking like 2 mo ago and even then she doesn’t say a lot of things in the right context
Speech therapy helped a lot though

I went through the same thing . Give him
Time !!! More stimulating as well on words , alphabet, numbers etc .

A lot of kids don’t really start using their words until after 2. Boys are slower to talk. I wouldn’t panic, he sounds like a happy kid. Just encourage his vocalizations. When he points for something, say what it is and see if he will repeat, if he can’t, ask him if the item is what he wants… encourage yes and no. He will talk when he’s ready. If he had no words or seemed to be struggling with his happiness bc of it, then you could worry. But it sounds like he’s happy and he really will talk when he finds the needs to do it

My oldest barely spoke until she was 3+. Then I couldn’t get her to shut up for about 10 years. Now as a teenager we’ve reverted to not speaking other than to have a tantrum. :sweat_smile:


My almost 2 year old wasn’t talking much either but he’s getting better since I let him watch more tv.

Just talk about everything to him…what you see when your driving in the car…be very descriptive. Sing abc songs or other kid songs , describe everything you see to him when shopping…I’ve done this with all my kiddos and feel it’s helped.


Be patient and remember this moment :wink:

Just speak to him often and read to him nightly. You got this mama.

Definitely ask your doctor, it could just be every child’s different but it could be something else, and the doctor can refer you to a specialist, I was worried about my 2 year old also, but she was 18 months at the time, and only said maybe three word, small one sylabal words, I ended up learning and teaching her sign language, and her speech as improved so much! You can literally just pull a video from YouTube and sit down and do it with him!

My son was like this I did sign language with him. He learned to talk and lost the signs look up on YouTube… you could at 3 have him tested at your local preschool… district for speech. My son loved to sign

All kids are different, they will be talk when they want to… 90% of the time they know alot of words! They just won’t say them till their ready. My daughter just turned 2 and doesn’t shut up :sweat_smile: she has talked sentences since about 1.5 but a friend of mine has a 3 year old who barely speaks at all… Unless he wants to. :woman_shrugging: There’s no “time frame”

I would talk to a doctor my nephew had a problem and needed tubes put in his ears.

I was having the same issue… My son started gabbing out of nowhere. Blippi helps

My daughter said maybe 20 words before she was 2 1/2. My MIL was a basket case over it. My pediatrician wasn’t concerned. I wasn’t concerned. I ended up getting a therapist to come in and work with her. The therapist kept pushing for sign language even thought my daughter is not deaf so after the 2nd or 3rd session I told her not to come back. What incentive is there to talk when you can sign? Shortly after I fired the therapist was when she started talking full sentences. My daughter is an only and I did everything for her. I didn’t even know she was capable of holding a bottle at age 1. I always did it for her. I didn’t let her try much because I always anticipated everything she needed. I knew every signal of hers. We’re still like that 15 years later. Don’t compare your baby to other babies. They all reach their own milestones in their own time. The only thing I wish I did different was to place her in a jolly jumper or whatever they’re called now. Growing up, every baby I knew was in one and was walking at a young age. My daughter didn’t walk until 15 months, again only because I carried her everywhere. Your baby will be ok. I know you’re concerned and you’re addressing those concerns. You are not failing him. <3 <3 <3