Wave or clap??
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Jesse - posted on 05/15/2009
You know, just recently my son had his 9 month checkup (about a month late due to pediatrician's sched) and I asked him about the fact that my son is so interested in looking at everything around him all the time, that he doesn't look at you when you talk to him. I figured it was just that there is so much to look at that he's distracted. And the doctor said that every baby does things on their own time frame and that the signs of autism can really be determined until you child is at least a year old. I found out later that the reason he was doing this is because I was so worried about cleaning the house and making meals that he spent alot of his time in front of baby einstein. Even though he is only 5 feet away from me, he wasn't getting enough face to face time. Now I let the dishes pile up if I have to so that I have more face to face time with him and in just 2 weeks, he's started doing all the things i was worried about him not doing, looking me in the eyes, waving and playing patty-cake. Sometimes it's just that they need some extra attention.
Crystal - posted on 05/10/2009
my son is 10 months and he waves and is starting to point but hasnt really clapped yet. i too am watching for the signs of autism as my middle son was diagnosed at 2 1/2 yrs. and looking back (if id know what autism was) i could have caught it way earlier then that. but my youngest son shows no signs and is a way different baby..so im not worried right now
Viviana - posted on 01/14/2014
I am writing to ask whatever happened with your baby. Did he do it after all? I am going through the same with my 12 mo boy, and all that I find online are "unfinished business"! I'd really appreciate if you comment back! Thanks :)
My daughter is waving but not clapping. I am sure that the clapping will happen when she is ready. I have found that they do everything on their time and not to worry. I was starting to worry because it took her a long time to stand on her own and she still hasn't taken one step on her own.
Mirella - posted on 05/13/2009
My son claps up a storm all day everyday, he is obsessed lol!!! the waving thing though he has trouble with .... he does it sometimes and other times forgets....i wouldn't worry too much just before you know it they start doing EVERYTHING and way more than what they mention in the books...
Yanika - posted on 05/11/2009
My daughter started clapping, blowing kisses, waving at around 7/8 months and now she says"buh bye" when she waves too, so cute!!
All babies develop in unique ways and at their own pace, so I wouldnt worry quite yet. He may just be focusing intently on one specific task ex. walking or talking.
Kelly - posted on 05/11/2009
My son waves and claps and has been since he was around 8 months I think it was but all babies will do things in their own time and just because one baby might be doing something yours is not it doesnt mean your baby is not developing perfectly it means he is developing at his own rate! I am sure there is nothing to worry about!! xx
Melinda - posted on 05/11/2009
Please don't be concerned about it yet! Every child is so different and remember that boys usually start doing things later. My son doesn't wave or clap either and he is 11 months old. Give it time. I know as a parent you are always looking to make sure your child is healthy, but they are very young still and these kinds of worries will just drive you mad.
Debbie - posted on 05/11/2009
do not worry about autism just yet! als just started clapping sat and she waves very very rarely and can be sure its a wave! milestones are just things for parents to look for some develop faster and otyers slower on looking at milestones al hasn't got an emotional attachement to a toy ior abnything like that bu meets milestone beyond her age..
Cheryl - posted on 05/10/2009
My daughter is 11 months old now and she has been clapping since she was about 7 months old. She has been waving since about 9 months old. She also gives high five and points. Like a few of the other mom's, we played a lot of patty cake and other games that encourages clapping and waving. Just be persistant, and your LO will catch on. I wouldn't worry about developmental problems this early. There is a wide range for when a baby should reach a milestone.
Jennifer - posted on 05/10/2009
My son is almost 11 months old and he was clapping awhile back but I think it was cause I played patty cake with him alot and I would take his hands and show him how to clap then he just started doing it, also I would say yea and now when you say yea he claps...he even takes my hands and try's to clap them together. It takes time and every child is different I wouldn't be to worried. He just started waving but it just happened out of the blue one day when my husbands sister was waving goodbye she did it like 20 times and then all of a sudden he just waved his little hand. Be patient I wouldn't worry at this point.
Naomi - posted on 05/10/2009
Wave or clap??
Does your baby wave or clap? I am worried because my son is not and I have read that this could be an early sign of Autism.
My little girl does both but she has only just starting doing them i have never heard it been a sign for autism. Has your little buy had his health visitor check because that might help but your mind at rest
Kathryn - posted on 05/10/2009
Hi my son Bailey is 10 1/2 months old and i just taught him to clap and wave over the past couple of days.....I too heard that this was a sign amoung other things.
So i sat down and with him on my lap and i started to clap and said yay with it, then i started to clap his hands after doing it for a couple of days he is doing it now by himself!, Waving was harder he rarely waves but he can do it.....Just work on it like that see how your bubs goes and speak to your doc about it if you get too worried im sure nothing is wrong just different stages of learning! Good luck!
Waving was harder he rarely waves but he can do it.....
Kara - posted on 05/09/2009
My son is able to wave and clap. He started clapping a while back because I always am singing Patty Cake to him and eventually he just started clapping along with me!! Maybe you could try that and it'd help him start clapping! :)
Jenna - posted on 05/09/2009
It is really hard to diagnose Autism this early on. Mostly people who have had their child diagnosed later look back and try to identify things that may have pointed to an earlier diagnosis. The problem is that many of these anecdotal things are also the same things that develop at a wide range of times for any typical kid. But if your child is not making eye contact, not smiling, not responding to his/her name - basically not interacting socially - then you might mention it to your pediatrician. For most kids, they are just on their own schedule and given time will hit all the milestones eventually.
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