Verbal development: differences between siblings

Filed under: Babies, Toddlers Preschoolers, Preschoolers, Siblings, Development/Milestones: Babies

Both of my children were "talkers, not walkers." Both crawled and walked relatively late, and both talked relatively early. "Wallie," my 17-month-old was especially verbal beginning at around nine-months-old. She didn't start walking until she was almost 16-months-old, and I think it was because she had already figured out how to get us to run around and do her bidding. (She's no fool!)

One thing that I notice about Wallie's talking is that she seems to pronounce certain words more clearly than her older sister "Bunny" did.  For example, Bunny said "boop" for "book," but Wallie says "book".  Bunny said "duice" instead of "juice," but Wallie says "juice." Bunny said, "no" for "nose," but Wallie says, "nose." I wonder what is different about their mouths, teeth, and tongues and/or their verbal development in general that causes these pronunciation differences.

Of course, Wallie says a lot of words the same as her sister, just by nature of how children's verbal skills develop. I'm certainly no professional linguist, I'm just interested in and fascinated by the language differences between two girls raised in the same family. Do your kids speak differently, too?

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.