Should my 15 month old be talking yet? He's very smart and alert, I'm just not sure if I do enough for him

Chastidy - posted on 08/13/2012 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Can anyone help with this? It really eats me inside thinking about it, idk why I always feel like such a terrible mom...

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Gwen - posted on 08/14/2012

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As far as feeling like a terrible mom...here's the real deal:
1)EVERY kid throws a tantrum in their life
2)EVERY kid gets up at some point during the night
3)EVERY kids potty trains at a different age
4)EVERY kid is good at something
5)NO kid is perfect
6)EVERY parent has done something dumb or careless to qualify for the "Parent of the Year Award". If they say they haven't, they are probably lying.
7)EVERY parent has a bad hair day, bad kid day, bad laundry day...and it's OK.

You are concerned and doing the best you can. You love your baby and care for his needs. That makes you a GREAT mom!!

Gwen - posted on 08/14/2012

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As long as you are interacting with him, you are going the right thing. Talk to him, point out colors and shapes, read books, sing songs together...all of these will help his language development :)

Elfrieda - posted on 08/14/2012

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Normal is to say a few words at 15 months. Not really talking, just saying "bye", Mommy, cookie, etc. I think they're supposed to have 10 words by 18 months. My son had one less than he was supposed to, but I didn't worry about it. (much) Now he's 2.5 and just started chatting away.



Some children can talk a lot by 15 months, but that's not normal.



edited to add: if you teach him a few signs (more, please, thank you, milk, all done) he can still communicate without having to talk, and then you are teach him manners already. I didn't respond to grunting at the table, either. Very annoying. He had to sign "more", not just whine until I gave it to him.

Michelle - posted on 08/14/2012

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He'll talk when he's ready. Just make sure you that you don't reinforce grunts or pointing for things by getting them when he does it. Stop and say to him: "What would you like?" Try and get him to use his words.

It can be hard because you would probably know what he wants but it's not teaching im to communicate with others.

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Christie - posted on 08/14/2012

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My 15 month old isn't saying much at all....bob-bob (Spongebob) and dada are about it. Don't worry, I just try to talk normal to him instead of baby talk. It's worked just fine with my others.

Chastidy - posted on 08/14/2012

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Thank you so much, that alleviated a lot of my worries. My son does more with his hands to communicate than anything. He only picked up "all done" though, I'm going to keep trying though. And he does say a few words but not too many.

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