Do girl babies talk more/sooner than boy babies?

My girlfriend sent me this video last night of this baby girl jabbering away! The headline on the video is “Are women born this way?” I don’t think the headline is meant in a kind way, but I can’t deny that I  do talk a lot!

My question is: Do girl babies talk more and sooner than boy babies in general?

Rose talked the earliest of all our kids. She was talking some at 6 months (I swear!) and by 10 months it was full on sentences. I remember this because Michael covered the winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and we saw him off at the airport.  He was going for a month. Rose looked at her Daddy and said: “Bye bye Daddy. Have a great trip. See you soon.” It was some crazy sentence.

Walsh talked much later and I was very worried. He started talking a little around 16 months and then by 18 months was saying 5 or 6 word sentences. The doctors just kept repeating: “He’s a boy and he’s your second.”

Lilina was more similar to Walsh than Rose. She was very physical early — crawling at 4.5 months and walking around 9. She didn’t talk until around 18 months also, but immediately it was big sentences.

Walsh is probably my most chatty child now. He kept getting in trouble for it at school last year. I told his teacher he was working against his genes.

Do you think in general girl babies talk more than boy babies? Do you think they talk sooner? Are woman naturally more chatty?

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Hey, new mom...

August 7th, 2009
11:02 am

,,,if you think you are tired NOW you ain’t seen nothin’ yet – just another 22 years and then you can get some “real” rest! But, good luck and best wishes for a healthy new one!

new mom

August 7th, 2009
11:13 am

Thanks for the well wishes! I know, I am not sure which will be easier, trying to keep our active toddler happy, entertained, challenged, etc. while I’m pregnant, or trying to do all fo that with a newborn in tow! So I’m trying to keep things in perspective and take it one day at a time.

We have discovered the joy that is having our daughter spend the night with my parents–we’re trying to get her used to it so the upcoming hospital stay and time at their house won’t be so different for her. The first night she was gone, even though I missed her, we acted like kids…staying out late getting ice cream, walking through the house yelling to each other just because we could, sleeping till 8am…It was fun! :)


August 7th, 2009
11:14 am

folks…MJG is one of those who feels since she worked hard raising her family and being a teacher, and now gets paid to teach teachers….we owe her respect.

If you don’t want to read what she says, scroll up or down past her posting.



August 7th, 2009
11:59 am

new mom – We love Ferris Bueller. It is still so watchable even though we are in our 40’s. Ben Stein is hysterical in it. ‘Bueller….Bueller….’
The Breakfast club is another one of his that I loved.


August 7th, 2009
12:02 pm

new mom – sending the kids away to have time alone with your hubby is the best. Our 3 just got back from a 10 day stay with the grandparents. I missed them, but it’s amazing how much we got done without the 3 of them around. And, it’s so much cheaper to eat out without them. Quieter too.


August 7th, 2009
12:11 pm

I think every married couple should send the kids away once in awhile. I think it’s very healthy to the parents to be alone, and remember what it was like pre-kids.

Also, every couple needs a date night, at least once a month.


August 7th, 2009
1:01 pm

Uncle Buck is one of my all time favorite movies, and The Great Outdoors is too….

Hey, FCM...

August 7th, 2009
2:02 pm

…if we followed your suggestion we would spend half the day scrolling past MJG’s posts since she posts about 5 – 6 times per day, correcting everyone one everything and LOLing!

And, the BUELLER, BUELLER, scene is one of the all time greats – I still crack up whenever Ben Stein does commercials – all I can hear is BUELLER, BUELLER, BUELLER, has anyone seen BUELLER!!!


August 7th, 2009
2:21 pm

FCM…thanks for your help …no one here actually owes me any respect.

Those who respect me for the things I have done well, know why I deserve to be respected and there are also LOTS of things that I do not do well … thus no one could ever respect me for everything.

If I had to garner any self esteem from this web page it would be a cold day in he)).

Fortunately, there are those who truly do respect knowledgeable folks, in their area of expertise….is it just me or do some other posters also respect those who have walked the walk instead of just talking the talk?

Some folks will never listen to advise but whine when they get in trouble…take a look around….many of these are waiting for Obama to take care of them ( it looks like that may be harder than everyone thought) …gee I know I will get flack from that comment…

newmom, that is a wonderful idea for you daughter to get used to spending the night somewhere else. You may need this at a later date ( when the baby comes) and if she is used to it now, it will be so much easier. Enjoy your time now, you are on the home stretch!


August 7th, 2009
2:42 pm

@ No…I first joined the blog in the summer 2006, when the blog was related to an article that featured my opinion in in the AJC….imagine it? If I recall, that topic had nearly 200 posts…..

Elementary Math: 2009-2006 equals 3 years, if I have been bragging it is not for five years but
three .

Also, this statement is not true, you seem to be taking things out of context:

And how many times are going to tell us that you would trust SLPs and orthodontists over anyone else!

Here is a tip:

It takes more intelligence to come up with one’s own idea or research than to hide behind a blog name and criticize others…when others disagree with me and present a valid point, this is something I admire. Those who drop in to condemn and not offer insight are ( in my opinion) a waste of time.

Have a nice weekend all! Good Luck DB and JJ: keep us posted!

Good luck to all teachers who start back to school and I wish you a wonderful year. Best wishes to all of those who are sending their precious children to Kindergarten…everything will be fine and they will love it!


August 7th, 2009
3:09 pm

motherjanegoose is going to break her arm patting herself on the back one of these days !!


August 7th, 2009
6:54 pm

MJG, I don’t understand your comment about my “opinion”. I am not an SLP or an Orthodontist. I was just stating my “facts” about my own two children. Luckily my daughter does not have any problems from her “prolonged” pacifier use. I was just stating that my son and daughter both talked early.

wow, mjg, you really told 'em...

August 7th, 2009
9:39 pm

But you also fail to heed your own advice (not advise) – you said “It takes more intelligence to come up with one’s own idea or research than to hide behind a blog name and criticize others…when others disagree with me and present a valid point, this is something I admire. Those who drop in to condemn and not offer insight are ( in my opinion) a waste of time.” Seems to me as a casual observer that you, too, are hiding behind a blog name, too.

And, the following are attributable to you re: the SLP and othodontist aspect:”Speech Pathologists and Orthodontists will tell you that they are ready to take your $$$ if you decide not to listen to those who say….GET RID OF THE PACIFIERS. Also, bottles and pull ups on 4 year olds. Yes, there are exceptions but not everyone can claim the exception card. There will be other posters who poo poo this idea but I rely on advise from the SLPs I work with and those who work in the orthodontia field…not fussy parents”.

Also:”as I mentioned, opinions are good but I tend to trust the professionals: SLPs and Orthodontists”

And: “I would trust an orthodontist and/or an SLP over a pediatrician any day on pacifiers as they are more specific to the situation. Maybe that is just me…If an orthodontist/SLP tells me that pacifiers are not good for kids over one, I listen…maybe it is just me…I respect medical doctors immensely but those who look in mouths day after day or spend hours in therapy tend to know more specifics. Just my opinion…ignore it if you wish”!

All of these quotes were made by you TODAY – accordingly, IMHO, the other poster may have taken some liberties regarding “taking things out of context”, but the facts, and your writing, speak for themselves.

Finally, you told us not once, but TWICE, today that your son is going to Pharmacy School – just a little observation that you may be a bit compulsive in your knowledge and personal life – it appears that you write so much that you fail to even consider that you may have already said somehthing – but, hey, we all have our flaws.

And regarding your comment about respect and walking the walk – how do we KNOW you walk the walk and not just TALK the TALK? You are hiding behind the “motherjanegoose” moniker and TELL us how great you are and how those you speak in front of tell YOU how great you are – but can prove any of that? – I’m just sayin’…..But, we are ALL legends in our own minds – some of us just keep some of what is in our mindsin our minds, and not out in public on an anonymous blog! But, we know you are great at what you do – you remind us every day that you participate on this blog.

But are WE better for reading your prose?


August 7th, 2009
11:12 pm

Never mind orthodontia — my daughter had her wisdom teeth taken out last Thursday, with our summer’s schedule, we had to wait until the last second to fit it in! She’s done beautifully, no chipmunk cheeks or anything. I was shocked at how fast the surgery was — less than 30 minutes, with the anesthesia. She’s still feeling a little tenderness a week later, but is glad to have it behind her.

Today was the last Wal-Mart run, for things like her own Advil, Benadryl, band-aids, etc., as well as some snack food. I was laughing at the checkout counter, and commented to the clerk: “Those people who complain about spending $50 on school supplies — HAH! Wait ’til they send one to COLLEGE!” Move-in day is on Monday — she’s so excited, she can barely get to sleep at night! Her room looks like a hurricane hit it, with all the boxes and clothes strewn around.

Both of my children were a little slow in talking — not sure why, but they sure did catch up quickly! If later academic work was any indication, it wasn’t indicative of lack of brains, so parents with kids who are more “contemplative” shouldn’t worry too much :-)


August 8th, 2009
1:39 am

okay, on the john hughes topic. If you’re a fan of his, you really should read this: (kleenex alert)


August 8th, 2009
8:36 am

Intelligent minds ( on this blog) know that my moniker is not something I am hiding behind…..’nuff said.


August 8th, 2009
12:23 pm

Just back from purchasing a few cards for friends and I read this on a KIDS QUOTE brand of cards, where the cards are designed by kids:


Yes, this is me…..motherjanegoose, I saw myself here. I apologize if I continue to sound bossy on the topics I know well. There are topics I have no idea about ( such as tanning booths this past week). The are those who know me and tell me, do not pay attention to those who make snide comments…they do not know you….just let it go….

I admit that I am not good at letting things go and worse at dealing with those who condemn the ideas I have shared continuously across the country at educational conferences. It is difficult for me to accept criticism on topics where I have previously been admired and congratulated…in that the adviSe I share is valid and really works. , I have oodles of testimonials and clients who hire me over and over. I cannot possibly post my resume on this blog…that would be ridiculous.

I will try ( my best) to realize that NONE of you here need to pay any attention to my ideas and you do not need to respect the fact that I have walked the walk and now talk the talk…due to personal experience. Some of you are kind enough to read my posts and reply…thank you.

It is a FREE country and I cannot make anyone heed my adviSe. I apologize if I have been overbearing, I am passionate about the ideas I know to be true. Maybe my delivery, on this blog, is not working.

Regarding the LOL being used frequently, this is because most folks who know me tell me they love to be in on the conversation ( with me) as there is always laughter and fun…


August 8th, 2009
4:52 pm

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August 8th, 2009
9:14 pm

newmom -I too LOVE “Christmas Vacation”! I kick off every holiday season by putting up the tree and lights the day after Thanksgiving and popping in that DVD. Just hearing the opening song gets me completely in the holiday mood!

SO sad about John Hughes! His movies provided a soundtrack and reference point for so much of my life from about 14 into my 20s when we would come home late from going out and pop in a video of 16 Candles or Planes, Trains, and Automobiles or Breakfast Club -they’re all great and nostalgic and wonderful!


August 8th, 2009
9:20 pm

OH -and penguinmom -thanks for sharing that AMAZING link! Something kind of pertinent to this blog -for years I was never sure if I wanted to have kids or not, but when “She’s Having A Baby” came out I watched it numerous times with friends in college. Every time I would think that I didn’t care if I had kids or not, that movie popped into my head. I certainly didn’t have kids just because of that movie, but it’s a wonderfully sweet film about having a baby that has never left me. Something about it made me know that if I didn’t have children, I would indeed one day come to regret it.

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August 9th, 2009
1:27 pm

I think there is a vast difference between vocalizing (what that baby is doing) and talking (making meaningful sounds). Study the stages of language development to see what is normal development at each stage.

I don’t know if it breaks down boy/girl or first/subsequent children or just is totally individual. My eldest daughter used words meaningfully at the earliest stage, but her brother was almost exactly the same. My younger daughter was a little slower to develop meaningful language, although she babbled and echolalia-d at the same times they did. She also cut her teeth slower and walked later. My eldest was focusing on your face and moving her mouth like she wanted to talk back at you at about 2 weeks! Her early sentence structure was more advanced also. Her brother, however, read and toilet trained and walked earlier. I really think it is an individual thing.

However, I do think you should surround–bathe–your child in meaningful language from birth. I used to get funny looks when I talked to my newborn and explained what I was getting at the grocery store, but I see too many people treating their babies like they are potted plants.

My grandaughter, a placid baby, has been slower to reach physical milestones than I remember my kids being, and while she speaks with meaning now (22 months), I don’t think she speaks as clearly as my kids did. I CAN, however, easily understand the name-word she has assigned to me! My grandson is very strong and has been quick with the physical milestones and I have noticed that he intently watched faces, especially mouths, from an early age. They are all just individuals, I think, with strengths and weaknesses particular to themselves.

I DO think there is frequently a difference between the maturity of a five year old boy and a five year old girl!

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October 11th, 2009
9:45 pm

Many believe this given many studies on maturity. However I feel this is not a genetic issue as it is a differential treatment issue. I feel the nineteenth century belief Males should be strong disallows much kind, stabilizing mental/emotional/social/verbal support and interaction. Instead what Males are given are more formal kindess and even with very young children more firmness.

Since little girls are not supposed to be tough, much stable, kind – protection, kindness, love, care, and verbal support and interaction are given freely. This creates and ever increasing social advantage (in accceptance by society) in mental/emotional/social/verbal knowledge, skills, and many other areas. This is why girls appear to mature faster.
In addition, I feel when such differential treatment occurs over much against a young Male child (even as early as three or four) and who witnesses much more protection, love, care, and support for a Female sibling or peer, this can create more desire to escape from his gender in an effort to protect him from more aggression posed by such differential treatment.