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Hello ladies! My third child, a boy, is almost 18 months old. By now my other 2 kids, a boy and girl, were saying simple words like mama, dada, hi, bye, etc. But, my baby isn't! He occasionally says dada, but it's not towards my husband, it's just babbling, although he DOES know what "dada" means. He will says Hello on a phone, but it sounds nothing like the word. More like "an-ya." When I tell him to say Hot, he will sound the H out, but that's it. At his 1 yr. appt. my doctor suggested just getting him evaluated, but not to be concerned yet. My only problem is that I think he is just going at his own pace, plus it will cost us $80 to get a hearing eval. and speech eval. That's a lot of money for us just to have him evaluated when I think he just isn't into talking. He does understand EVERYTHING we say. He follows instructions very well and can use the sign for more when he wants something. He will also point to things. One day my mom was here and she casually said "well, I guess I should go" to me and my baby ran to the door! We were shocked that he picked that up cause she wasn't even talking to him, lol. I'm not too concerned, but I need opinions to feel a little better. I've heard of kids not talking until 2 or even 3 and then just taking like crazy. I hope he's just taking his time and maybe since he's the 3rd he just doesn't want to talk over everyone else, like his 4 yr. old brother who doesn't shut up!! Thanks!