Here is an easy cheat sheet for how many words your child should be producing as they grow from 1-3yrs old.

What IS a word exactly?

It doesn’t need to sound identical to the adult version (for instance ‘baba’ for bottle or ‘wa’ for water) but it does need to be at least an approximation of the actual word, consistent and used in the right context with intent and meaning. .

Now, what to do if your child’s speech production doesn’t look like this handy dandy bubble chart?

Of course these are averages and there will be some late bloomers and some precocious chatterboxes but, “let’s wait and see” is actually an outdated approach to take with child’s speech and language development. Scheduling a consultation with a speech therapy provider is a great first step to take!