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
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Gwen - posted on 08/14/2012
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!!
Elfrieda - posted on 08/14/2012
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
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.
Chastidy - posted on 08/14/2012
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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