Some babies learn to talk late. If you are part of an ambitious family, your late talker can be a subject of unwanted criticism which affects your confidence and that of your child. Your closed ones might unconsciously add to the pressure by comparing your child with a talking child of similar age belonging to a neighbor or a friend or relative.
As a parent it is natural for you to panic when your child is not yet forming coherent sentences even after he or she has turned two. Concerned relatives might ease the matters by assuring you that every baby grows at his or her own pace and you have nothing to worry about. There are also rumors that male babies talk later than female babies and usually a baby just eases into the talking phase. All you need to do is wait it out patiently.
While what your encouraging relatives might be partially true, it would be completely wrong to completely disregard this condition displayed by your toddler. If your child shows no problem in comprehending your words and coordinating the rest of his motor skills and has a problem in only verbally expressing himself, it could be because of one of the following reasons:
1. It is genetic. The family has a history of later development of language skills and your child has inherited it.
2. The baby has weighed less than 85% of its optimal weight at birth.
This problem really turns serious when your child fails to meet the following milestones:
1. By the time your baby is 18 months old he should at least be able to pronounce various nouns and verbs and say words like Hi, Bye, Thank You and Please.
2. By the time your baby is 24 months old, he should be able to combine at least two words to form a succinct statement. For example he should be able to say, “More juice,” or “Am hungry”.