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20 words by 20 months

"20 words by 20 months" is the milestone for verbal development that is commonly shoved out to parents. We all wonder when our kids will talk, and some 12-month olds say words, leaving us to wonder if our kids are "normal". So the experts that I've read say to ignore everything at 12 months, there's too much variation, a non-talking 12-month-old is not a problem.

A non-talking 20 month old would be something to maybe ask about though.

So Olive, at 18 months, was really not saying anything. Babbling in cute ways, and shaking her head "no", and doing her sign language. I wondered for a minute if she'd catch up.

I forgot how this works.

words come in cascades, like a waterfall. I don't even know what her first word was, I just know that I started coming home from work to Marc asking olive if she wanted a cracker and her replying back "crack-ooo!". then she'd be babbling something about "oooos" and bring me a pair of shoes. well, hey.

So at a smidge over 19 months, here is the List Of Words Olive Can Say. And at this rate, there won't be a list for 20 months, because we won't be able to list them all. I remember Josie being 2 or 3 and our pediatrician asking "how many words can she say?" And Marc looked stunned and said, "She never stops talking.... she knows... ALL THE WORDS."

Oh, and the first two... "No" and "Mine"... just happened about two weeks ago in a kind of scary way. One day she was our sweet little baby. The next day, toddler. Complete with a shrill, defiant, completely clear message of strong disapproval. Do not take Olive's shit away, she will turn on you.

The list:

  1. No
  2. Mine
  3. Bite (constantly wants a "bite" of whatever you're eating on the couch, no one is safe)
  4. Ball
  5. Baby (bee-bee... freaking adorable)
  6. Judy (our dog)
  7. Doggie
  8. Cookie (wakes up in the morning saying "I want cookie!" ever since we made the mistake of letting her have cookie crisp cereal once... again, bad parents)
  9. Donkey (from many, many trips to the zoo)
  10. Monkey
  11. Night night
  12. Bye bye
  13. Hi
  14. Thank you
  15. Mama
  16. Dada
  17. Eye (and she can poke you in it to demonstrate)
  18. Nose
  19. Toes
  20. Shoes
  21. Cup
  22. Diaper
  23. Cheese
  24. Cow
  25. Piggie
  26. Cup
  27. Spongebob
  28. "Let it go" (yup, she can sing the chorus... terrible parents)
  29. Uh huh (favorite response to "Olive, can you say ___?" "uh huh.")
  30. Uh uh
  31. Hot
  32. cold
  33. Popcorn
  34. Bowl
  35. Cracker


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Dec. 10th, 2014 08:14 am (UTC)
Because you're not supposed to let kids watch TV until they're at least two! It rots their tiny brains!
Dec. 10th, 2014 12:11 am (UTC)
D didn't really use words till she was 22 months and then it didn't stop. Doc wasn't worried. She understood all that we were saying. He did mention that if we were reaching about 24 months/2years then we would worry. I think multiple variables affect it becoming a concern!

Don't call yourself a terrible parent for kid knowing Let it Go! It's making me feel as if I should feel guilty about it too! D sings it at the top of her lungs while we walk to school. every. single. day. I ignore the stares and the looks! ha!
Dec. 10th, 2014 01:30 am (UTC)
Language acquisition is so amazing.

ALso, I think it's funny that "Spongebob" is one of her words.
Dec. 10th, 2014 02:57 am (UTC)
seriously, Let It Go is fun, no reason to say you're bad parents.

Even for the cookie crisp. ;)

now I want cookie crisp even though I know I will hate it. Ok you are horrible. :P
Dec. 11th, 2014 02:40 pm (UTC)
Oh, yes, I remember the dr. appointment when they wanted to know if she could speak 20 words yet. Let's see, there's one animal picture book that has more than 20 pictures in it, and she knows all of them -- in English AND German. We didn't dwell on that part of the evaluation for very long. :)
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