My son has not been trying to say any words, not even mama. Is this abnormal? He’s 21 months old. I am really worried that something is wrong with him, because I think it is very late not to talk a at all at 21 months of age.
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Baby Not Talking At 21 Months – Some Tips
I would suggest to check with your public health nurse or doctor on this, just to discard the possibility that your son has a hearing problem. You can do a quick test at home by sneaking up behind him and make a scrunching noise with paper and see if he turns to that side to find the noise.
Does your little boy make noises and respond with noises? Does he follow simple commands and understand simple questions? Does he point pictures, when named in books? If he does, you should not be concern about the fact that he is not talking yet.
Sometimes placid babies that have lived in a very quiet environment without very much interaction take a little longer to start talking. Second or third babies tend to talk a little earlier as they have a lot more interaction and stimulation from older siblings. A bilingual environment may also induce some delay in the onset of language.
Usually by about 2 years, toddlers are starting to learn about 10 – 20 new words per day and trying to repeat them. They are generally able to say few true words and phrases. However, don’t worry about what is normal, all babies are different.
Your little boy will be absorbing a lot and understanding far more that you think. Some babies just sit and watch and absorb and do very little talking or trying to talk and then suddenly start chattering away by the time they are three.
Otherwise, just encourage him, by having lots of conversations with him, make eye contact and respond when he makes noises even if they don’t sound like anything. Talk about everything you see when you are round the house, or taking him for a walk.
Make sure you talk in adult talk, not baby talk. Gooing and Gahing at a baby is fun but doesn’t teach them language. Name things when you pass them to him, play games such as where’s your tummy? Where’s your toes? That will help with language development.
I’m sure before you know it he will be asking endless “why?” questions and you will be wishing for some peace and quiet!
Wishing you Joy,
(Answer approved by our Medical Reference Team)
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