Things My 19 Month Old Can Say

I’ve seen a few parenting bloggers write this sort of post, and I thought it would be fun if I did it too. A while ago I wrote a post about how I thought Oliver was going to be a late talker. It’s been 5 months since then and his speech has improved a lot. I don’t worry about his speech that often anymore, but I don’t think he’s where he’s ‘meant’ to be – When I say ‘meant’, I mean where the health adviser expects he should be. I definitely don’t worry as much as I used to as toddlers will talk when they’re ready, and I’ve since spoken to nursery practitioners who have also reassured me he’s at a good level. I’ve mentioned before that I hate how a child’s development is measured by a piece of paper, but I won’t go there today.


Another reason why I wanted to write this post was for any other mothers out there who might be worrying about their child’s speech. To be told last summer my son’s communication skills were low was horrible, and the mother guilt had really set in! I worried that it was my fault and I didn’t help him as much as I thought I should. At the end of the day you can only do so much and they’ll start to talk when they’re ready. It’s very frustrating but they do usually get there eventually. Oliver started to properly say words around 17 months – and when I say properly I mean actual words, not babbling. The past month he’s really taken a huge step forward with his speech, and it’s quite exciting to watch!

Words Oliver Can Say

Here is a list of the words Oliver can currently say;

Dada/Daddy – His favourite!

Ball – Anything round is a ball. Even pea’s are balls!


Juice (‘Jsss’) – One I’ve tried so hard to help him pronounce. This was his first proper word and he’s been able to say it properly just a few times, other times it’s just ‘Jsss’.


Banana (‘Mamama’) – So we know he does say ‘Mamama’ for banana. Whenever he see’s one he get’s excited saying ‘Mamama’. We’ve just got to get that ‘B’ at the beginning.

Car – Followed by a throaty ‘Broom Broom’ sound!

Shoe (‘Shoe-Shoe’) – This is the cutest one. I think because you put 2 shoes on he think’s they’re called shoe-shoes!

Grandad (‘Ganda’)

Book (‘Boo’) – He just hasn’t quite got that ‘k’ there yet.

Where did it go? (‘Where’d it go?’) – This is a frequent game we play every day. He’ll hide something, run up to me and say ‘Where’d it go?’.

What’s That? (‘Wassat?’) – I can see Oliver is trying to learn, and when he wants to know the name of something he’ll point at it and clearly ask ‘Wassat?’

Nap – When I tell him it’s time for a nap he’ll repeat me whilst running to the bottom of the stairs, it’s so sweet!

Duggee – He kinda loves Hey Duggee on Cbeebies…


So there we go. Currently he can just about say these 14 words. He’s classed as behind because at 18 months my health adviser expects a toddler to be able to say 20 words, but as I’ve previously said, I’m really not that worried anymore. Most of these words he’s picked up within the last month or so anyway. He’s starting to enjoy books more and will listen to us when we talk to him, so I’m sure over time he’ll pick it all up.

I’m quite excited to be able to look back at this and also add to this list over time. In a few months or so if he’s picked up more words I can write another post if this is something you’d like to see? Let me know your experiences with your little one talking, and if you have any tips on helping them along I’d love to hear them!


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  1. 22/02/2018 / 10:10 pm

    Oh my gosh he’ll be able to say Dougie when we meet up!!!! Dougie is still very much babbling, we’ve discovered the “D” sound is his favourite – we have “Dadadadada” for absolutely everything. When he’s saying bye it’s a really gentle “dahhh… dahhh” and he sort of says “dog”… Other than that we have “no” and “dooo-doooo-doooo” when he sees a train, so I’m assuming that’s “choo-choo”! I’m similar to you, I’ve stopped worrying – he understands things, he’ll get there!
    This is such a cute idea for a post, I can’t wait to see you guys again – also “shoe-shoe” is the cutest thing ever!!!
    Hels xxx

    • Sarah Pears
      27/02/2018 / 9:10 pm

      Ahh I did actually think of this too!! :’) Aww they’re so adorable! Oliver thinks anything with wheels is a car, so he’ll point at his train and go ‘broom broom’ Haha! God I can’t get over when he says shoe-shoe. I always correct him but I wish I didn’t have to haha! xx

  2. 23/02/2018 / 8:11 pm

    Ahh this was a lovely read, Oliver is so cute! I love that ‘Duggee’ is on the list haha! X

    • Sarah Pears
      27/02/2018 / 9:10 pm

      Thank you!! Haha it is very funny and adorable :’) x

  3. 23/02/2018 / 8:15 pm

    Look at that cutie pie. So adorable. Really the most important words he needs to know. Well… wait! Nope, he does not pizza yet… something super important to know ahah! xx corinne

    • Sarah Pears
      27/02/2018 / 9:11 pm

      Eeee thank you! Hahaha YES I need to teach him to say pizza!! Hopefully on the next speech update it’ll be on there 😉

  4. 23/02/2018 / 8:21 pm

    Aww this was adorable and he’s so cute! Please write more posts about him because I love babies and toddlers they’re so lovely to read about x

    • Sarah Pears
      27/02/2018 / 9:12 pm

      Ahh thank you! I’ll definitely make sure I write more updates about Oliver <3 x

  5. 23/02/2018 / 8:26 pm

    This is such a cute post and he’s utterly adorable! I don’t have kids myself but I remember my cousins going through this stage and even though they were twins, they learnt at different rates. People need to stop putting so much pressure on kids and parents to hit “milestones”- they’ll get there in their own time ? You’ve also managed to make me really broody for one of my own now!! ?
    Jade xx

    • Sarah Pears
      27/02/2018 / 9:13 pm

      Hahaha I make myself broody sometimes :’) Exactly, I’m sick of people judging children by a piece of paper. They all get there eventually! xx

  6. 23/02/2018 / 8:32 pm

    My son was slow talking compared to his older sisters however I was just saying tonight how he makes up for it now! He is 4 and barely draws breath between sentences and chatters my ear off all day – I wouldn’t have it any other way and will miss it come sept when he starts school. Just think of this time as him absorbing all the info and one day he will sit seem to know every word!!!
    Great post thanks for sharing ?

    Melanie |

    • Sarah Pears
      27/02/2018 / 9:15 pm

      Thank you so much! Ahh I can imagine Oliver will be the exact same and we won’t be able to stop him :’)

  7. 23/02/2018 / 8:35 pm

    Ahhh the word for banana is the cutest, why babies are so cute?! Mine only says mama, and gaga which stands for sleeping haha xx I mean it’s the cutest thing ever. Enjoyed this post so much.

    • Sarah Pears
      27/02/2018 / 9:14 pm

      Thank you! Ahhh baby speech is the cutest! :’) xx

  8. 23/02/2018 / 9:04 pm

    Shoe-shoes is the cutest thing! ? Oliver sounds adorable! This is such a lovely post, thank you for sharing Sarah ? xx

    Bexa |

    • Sarah Pears
      27/02/2018 / 9:15 pm

      It’s so cute! I usually correct him and say just ‘shoe’ but I secretly wish I didn’t :’) Thank you so much!! xx

  9. 23/02/2018 / 9:14 pm

    Aww this is such a lovely idea for a post, will be great to look back on when he’s older!
    Shoe shoe is the cutest thing ?
    My little 8 month old has just about learnt Dadda and that’s all he’s gracing us with for the moment, haha.
    Can’t wait to hear more as he grows ♡

    Jessica xo |

    • Sarah Pears
      27/02/2018 / 9:16 pm

      Thank you! Awww that’s great at 8 months!! Mama will be coming out of her in no time <3 xx

  10. 05/03/2018 / 10:22 am

    Awww it sounds like Oliver is coming along leaps and bounds with his speech and communication! You’re absolutely right, children all do things at their own pace and I’m sure that you won’t be able to shut Oliver up in years to come hehe! ‘Shoe-shoe’ sounds like the cutest thing, bless his heart!

    Abbey ?

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