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!
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!