Posted by: Mom | 2008/12/22



Hi Dr
At what age can I expect my baby to start saying words and talking? I have a 14 month old baby boy and I feel he is behind on his vocab. He used to say mama and dada but then he just stopped and only very seldom will you hear him saying those words. He uses alot of " b"  sounds and can say baba (which is everything), baa (bath), boh (ball) and he baby talks but mainly with " b"  sounds. My concern is that he keeps talking to me and asking for things using only " huh huh"  or " mmm mmm" . He will point to an obect and say " huh"  and I' ll say the correct word for the object but then he will point and ask " huh"  over and over again and I sometimes say the word over ten times but he does not try and repeat me. Also when I read to him, he points to the pictures and will only say " huh" . If I talk to him and ask him questions he will just look at me and say " huh"  When can I expect to hear some sign that he is understanding what I am saying? I know he does not have a hearing problem because he responds to me and responds to different music. If a familiar song starts playing he will stop and listen.
Thank you.

Expert's Reply



Your son should be strating to say the usual first words now such as Mama and Dada. Many babies take quite while to start saying their first. This seems to be more common with little boys. Give your son a lot more time and continue to say the correct words as you are doing now, but do not expect him to be able to use all that many words at his age.

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