As a parent, it can be worrisome when your 15 month old is not yet talking. While some babies may start saying a few words at this age, others may still be babbling. In this blog post, we will discuss what you need to know about your 15 month old not talking and what you can do to encourage their language development.
Understanding Language Development
It is important to understand that every child develops at their own pace. While some babies may start talking at 10 months, others may not say their first word until 18 months. However, if your 15 month old is not saying any words and only babbling, it is important to take note and monitor their language development.
What is Babbling?
Babbling is the stage of language development where babies make sounds that are not yet actual words. They may repeat syllables or sounds such as “ba-ba” or “ma-ma”. This is a crucial stage in language development as it helps babies learn how to use their vocal cords, mouth, and tongue to make sounds.
What Are the Potential Causes?
There can be many potential causes for a 15 month old not talking. Some babies may have a speech delay, while others may have a hearing problem. Additionally, babies who are bilingual or exposed to multiple languages may take longer to start talking.
When to Be Concerned
While every child develops at their own pace, there are certain milestones that you can look out for. If your 15 month old is not saying any words and only babbling, it is important to monitor their language development. If you notice that they are not meeting certain milestones, it may be time to speak to a pediatrician or speech therapist.
By 15 months, most babies will have started saying a few words such as “mama” or “dada”. They may also understand simple commands such as “wave bye-bye” or “come here”. If your 15 month old is not saying any words or does not respond to simple commands, it may be time to seek professional help.
Encouraging Language Development
There are many things you can do to encourage your 15 month old’s language development. Here are some tips:
Talk to Your Baby
Babies learn language by hearing it. Talk to your baby as much as possible, even if they are not yet responding. Use simple words and phrases and repeat them often.
Read to Your Baby
Reading to your baby is a great way to expose them to language. Choose books with simple words and colorful pictures. Point to the pictures and name them as you read.
Play with Your Baby
Playing with your baby can also help encourage language development. Use toys that make sounds or have simple words on them. For example, you can play with a toy car and say “vroom vroom” or play with a ball and say “ball”.
In conclusion, if your 15 month old is not yet talking and only babbling, it is important to monitor their language development. While every child develops at their own pace, there are certain milestones that you can look out for. If you are concerned about your baby’s language development, it is important to speak to a pediatrician or speech therapist. Remember to talk to your baby as much as possible, read to them, and play with them to encourage their language development.