QOD: Do boys really talk later than girls?

Generally, yes, but just slightly.

Usually, girls say their first words and begin putting words together earlier than boys. But if you’re a parent of a boy, don’t worry! This in no way means that just because your child is a boy he will have delayed language skills.

Boys are often just slightly behind, only by a few months. Children with typically developing language skills will hit language milestones within certain age ranges. Boys are often on the later side of the norm, while girls are often on the earlier side. Both boys and girls should be meeting language milestones on time, so if yours is not, some extra help from a speech-language pathologist might be needed.

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  1. My daughter only said a few words at 2 , they wanted us to see a specialist , I said no , at 3 they said I was right , she is ahead of her age. I feel like people stress about milestones a little too much , every baby is different. Lots of baby don’t talk till after 2.

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  2. I was a little worried about my son too because his female cousin at the same age was practically putting together sentences already, but I swear over night something just clicked and his mimicking my words and we’re understanding each other so much more.

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  3. I was a little worried at first because my friends’ girls who were around the same age as my son were talking up a storm! And not just babbling, but actually words that anyone would understand! My son finally started saying real words in the last few weeks (he’s 17 months old), and he picks up 2-3 words a day! I’m completely astounded at how quickly he’s learning new words now.

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