Is My Baby a Little Slow, Developmentally?

Joanna - posted on 01/20/2010 ( 14 moms have responded )

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My 14 1/2 month old doesn't say any words intentionally. He says "mamamama" and "dadadada", but it's not really directed at anyone. He is just getting his 4th tooth, and I'm a little worried, as well. We have tried to feed him the food that we eat, but he either spits it out or turns his head and cries. We are still having to feed him Stage 3 baby food mixed with cereal. It's the only thing he'll eat, other that bananas and yogurt. The baby books indicate that he should be saying real words and eating regular food at this point. What am I doing wrong?

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Cathy - posted on 01/20/2010

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I would say you aren't doing anything. Babies do things at different times. How are his gross motor skills? walking, crawling, etc? Some babies focus on those first and others talk first. My daughter is almost 14months and isn't walking independently yet but she is a talker and says and understands things very well for her age. She focused on that first. As for the food, just stick with it. We would offer my daughter things all the time and let her feed herself finger foods. She now prefers table food and tends to get upset if we try to feed her too much. Try blueberris as a good feed yourself food or cheese, scrambled eggs...we have found my daughter LOVES cheese and will eat just about anything as long as it has cheese on it. She is still little for her age so we aren't worried about weight gain. Just keep trying, he will get it eventually. My daughter also only has 4 teeth and when teething she doesn't like to chew anything.

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my twin girls are 15 months and finally are just starting to eat table food. We never made it to stage three jarred food, anything that they eat out of the jar, is still stage 2. They babble, but nothing really that you can understand.

every child develops differently. My nephew will be 2 this March and he is not talking yet. But he can understand everything that you say. Just keep working with him, on the eating and the talking. Don't show frustration when you are feeding him, just offer and if he doesn't want it, don't force it. BUT something that I have found, is that my girls like their veggies, and if I put their meat on the fork and then put a pea or two on the fork, they will open their mouths for the fork.....they are so funny!

Oh, and my one girl is just starting to take her first steps, she has only been crawling for the past month or so. And my other one, well she scoots where ever she wants to go. She has no desire to crawl. Is just starting to sit herself up from a laying down position. The doctor isn't worried, as she is always showing signs of improvement in each of her visits. He chalks it up to them being their own individual self.

Genevieve - posted on 02/21/2010

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just remember Einstein didn't talk until he was 2 1/2 or rumour has it.............

Kelly - posted on 02/21/2010

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You aren't doing anything wrong all babies do things at totally different times, my daughter is 15 and 1/2 months and she can say about 10 words all directed at the right things and has 14 teeth and will eat what ever we eat, but she is still not walking and was a really late crawler and has just in the past few eeks started standing with out support so nothing we do is wrong they just all do it at there own pace no baby is the same......

Lisa - posted on 02/20/2010

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Forgot to say that I make most of my son's food, cause I like to give him organic things... there are things that he won't eat unless they are pureed, so I will try it out and if he won't take it I puree it. He eats stage 3 foods as well, but does not at all seem to like the taste of beef, even in the stage 3 purees. My doc said not to worry because at this age they tend to begin to try to control things and what they eat and how much they eat is one of the only things they can really control!! Just keep offering him things all the time and he will get there!!! :oD

Lisa - posted on 02/20/2010

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My son has been on a slow process switching from baby food to "toddler food." It wasn't until he was over a year that he would really consider even eating things like baby cereal puffs or anything that took an effort to chew. I think some of this might have been because his teeth have been bugging him and until recently just had the 7or 8 front teeth.(He didn't get his first tooth until almost 8 months old) He now has all four molars coming through and those are very painful to him at times. As for the talking... there is a wide range of normal as to when kids talk. My son says many words, though none really consistently except for mom, dada and hi. Just keep reading to your little guy and talking to him and telling him what different things are. He will get there! I am sure that he will be just fine! Just give him time and keep working with him on what you can like eating and talking!

Stacey - posted on 02/19/2010

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This is normal my son does the same thing and I had him evaluated just last month ..he will say mama and dada but not at us. They told me this is normal..so don't worry about this. As far as the eating goes my daughter was very picky as well and honestly his teeth might really be bothering him and he does not like to chew.

Colleen - posted on 02/19/2010

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You need to read better books. He does not have to be saying many actual words right now. A book that I read said that as long as he was making efforet to communicate, that he is on track. As for the foods....this may be a texture issue. If he has only eaten the jare baby foods, there really is not much for new texture to them. I've read that table foods have such a different texture that some toddlers/babies need to get used to those new textures, so the food may seem weird to him. Those books you are reading are just indicating that he can be at that point by now, and that those things should be enocourraged. A good book to pick up is What to Expect....Toddlers and Twos. It has a more possitive spin on milestones like that. Also see if your pediatrician has a more possitive outlook. Your child is on track for him as far as what I''ve been reading.

Tammy - posted on 02/18/2010

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My son can't say any real words either he just makes sounds. He can't walk yet either but I don't let it bother me. He was born 2 months early and I know eventually he will catch up and I thought my baby was the only one that didn't eat any real food. I try to feed him table food but he will only take a few bites and be done. I have better luck when i feed him stage 3 baby food as well. Sometimes I worry if he isn't getting the right nutrition but u can't force food down their throats. I know this sounds gross but I mix his baby food in with his milk and he drinks it out of his bottle. I mix foods such as bananas and strawberry baby food, blueberrys, and he won't eat carrots out of the jar but when i mix it with his milk he absolutely loves it. I figure whatever works. At least he's eating it somehow. lol

Joanna - posted on 02/16/2010

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Thanks, everyone. I feel a lot better. I'll let my little one develop at his own pace. He is a corker and lights up my life...that's what's important.

Amy - posted on 01/26/2010

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My son was 14 mos on the 9th, he doesn't really say much either. He'll say mamama to me when he wants my attention. he'll growl at his dinosaur lol, he says "gaaag" for dog lol thats pretty much it. He just got his 7th tooth. They say the later their teeth come in the healthier they are.
I would just try to introduce more solid foods still. But as long as he's getting his nutrients he's fine! And everyone is right, they all do things different and at a different pace. Don't worry.

Teri - posted on 01/25/2010

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I don't think you are doing anything wrong. All babies develop at different rates. Books just give up a general timeline when babies should be doing certain things. At this age, they are learning to push your buttons and asserting their independence. Seems like your little one knows exactly what he likes and what he wants! My son isn't saying words either and I've been talking to him like a grown-up since he was in my belly! lol Hang in there, Joanna! It's only a matter of time before he starts talking your ear off! =)

Sandy - posted on 01/24/2010

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I have a son also he was born nov 19, 2008 and for awhile I have felt he was just a few months behind developmentally. Just like your son he isnt saying any words directed towards anyone or anything just alot of bbbbbb and pppp sometimes I think he might be saying PU instead of up LOL. anyway I have just learned to relax , every baby is different aside from the eating which you may want to check out so he gets the things he needs but otherwise he is just fine im sure!

Kristi - posted on 01/20/2010

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I wouldn't worry at all ... truly kids develop at different paces, and "those books" drive me absolutely insane! Telling us parents that at this exact age, our kids SHOULD be doing this and this and this - and this makes us worried that our baby isn't up to par. Things you are describing are normal, totally. I have heard that boys tend to so things like talk a little slower anyway, and I would not say that all 14 months olds need to be saying ANYTHING. My son says dadadada too ... sometimes mamamam, but not often. He babbles, but it's in his own language. He has 8 teeth right now, and has had those same 8 teeth for about 5 months. My cousins baby, who is was born Dec 13, 2008 has no teeth ... as for the eating, keep trying new things all the time, and eventually he will eat more. Do you know any 5 year old's (other than a child with a disability) that only eats baby food? Nope!

You are doing great, just keep loving him!

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