My son is 24 months old and says only about 20-30 overall. Sometimes he may say something and then never say it again. Other words, like airplane, he will say all the time. On the other hand, he understands everything, and can follow very precise directions like "please go get the yellow magnet that is on the fridge in the kitchen and give it to daddy". I mentionned my concern in daycare (where I constantly see tiny babies chatting away) and they said they would pay attention and give me a feedback on the issue. Today they told me not to worry cause my son talks a lot with the other babies, although not to them grown ups, probably because he is shy! Is that normal? I was really happy to know he could talk, but concerned about this shyness. Should he be shy towards his momma? that is kind of sad to hear... anyone relate to this? any ideas on how to get him confident enough to talk to me?