Is anyone's 15 month old behind on milestones?

Nichole - posted on 07/13/2012 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My son was born 4 weeks early and weighed 3 lbs 7 oz. He is now 15 months old today and weighs about 18 lbs. He will not walk or talk but he makes noises. He will not hold his sippy cup and he won't feed himself with utensils, he just throws the spoon/fork on the floor along with the food. Is there any advice that could help me teach him to learn more or is there something wrong with him?

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Yesenia - posted on 07/16/2012

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my one year old turns 2 in august and still throws the spoon/fork to the floor and food it will take time for him to learn how to eat right . I work with my little man everytime we eat and he is cathcing on slowely but surely. Just give him time espically since your little man was born early! My oldest son is turning three in October and didnt start walking till two weeks after his first birthday like i said just give him time and he will start just work with him and he will do everything on his own when he feels ready!

Ashley - posted on 07/15/2012

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My daughter was born 4 weeks early and she was a few months behind on some things but others she was almost right on track. He should be fine, every kid develops at their own pace. If the dr thinks something is wrong than id worry.

Cassandra - posted on 07/15/2012

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I would not worry I have a 1 year old and a 3 year old. My older girl didn't walk until she was 14 months and we had to push her to by holding her hands and make her walk. Then we slowly let go of one hand and she would cry and try to hold both hands but she got there. She is walking and talking like all other kids. Where as my younger one was walking before 10 months all on her own. Kids will develop when they are ready. If you are worried just try working with him on his walking and talking. And as for feeding himself hey some kids just don't want to use a spoon/fork. He will get there just give him time attention and love.

Nichole - posted on 07/14/2012

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When I try to play peek-a-boo with him he just laughs but he doesn't try to cover his face or hide. Every once in a while he will look if I point to something and tell him to look but not all the time.

Cherish - posted on 07/14/2012

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Does he play games like peek-a-boo?If you say "look" and point to something will he look at what you are pointing to?

Nichole - posted on 07/14/2012

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oh and he doesn't point to what he wants, he just whines until I figure it out. Thank you for the website. It will definitely help me out.

Nichole - posted on 07/14/2012

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I don't know if this will show up as my login before it made me to connect to Facebook but I'm still the person the posted this.

I'm not really sure why he was so small. I went in for my 36 week check up and I was only measuring at 32 weeks so the doctor decided to do a c-section that day. Then they broke my water and his heart rate started dropping so they did an emergency c-section. He didn't have to stay in the hospital past the 3 days. He was healthy and eating 2 oz a feeding so the doctor said we could bring him home.

He cruises along the furniture and he can stand for a few seconds on his own but then he just sits down. He is also climbing the stairs and he can climb back down them. The only word he has said so far is da and that's only once in a blue mood. Usually when he's in trouble. He doesn't wave bye-bye but he does shake his head no. Even when he was on his bottle he wouldn't hold it. He can feed himself with his hands.

He loves books. We have over 10 of them for him. We also have a woman that comes to our house for a program called Help Me Grow. She brings toys and books and information on how he's progressing and what he needs to progress on. She is very helpful but I wanted a little more information on it.

He has tons of toys but usually all he wants to do is chew on everything or throw them.

Cherish - posted on 07/14/2012

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Hi,
The not walking is not a huge deal,(if he can do other gross/large motor things,like rolling a ball to you)the fine motor(like holding a cup or using utensils) might be a sign of something "wrong"...
You said he is not talking,does he say any words?Can he point to what he wants?Does he wave bye-bye?
You could talk to the Dr about it next time he goes in,however I found that when kids are that young,the Dr's do not really want to address the "issues",they like to wait and see(which I find annoying)
The CDC has the "learn the signs,act early" campaign,you can call them and ask them how to contact child find in your area.
My youngest son is 10 and has developmental disabilities,and I know how stressful it is to think something is "wrong"....
Here is the link to the CDC "learn the signs,act early" campaign(milestones for a 1yr old,if he is doing most of the things,I would not stress too much),but you can still call and have him screened for free thru child find

http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/miles...

Shannon - posted on 07/13/2012

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Hi there. I have two little girls and my youngest is almost 13 months. She was born at 38 weeks and weighed 7 lbs., so I may be able to make some comparisons. Was there a particular reason that he was born early and was so small? I had an ultrasound when I was 30 weeks pregnant and she measured 3 lbs., 8 oz and was average size. Perhaps he just needs some more time to catch up.

I can offer you some insight as to what my nearly 13 month old is doing. She is not walking yet, but she is cruising and standing alone, as well as climbing stairs. She says mama, Dada, na-na (the name she calls my 3 year old), baba, and "dird" for bird. She waves bye bye, claps her hands, and shakes her head NO! She self feeds, although she's not using utensils properly yet either. She's been able to hold her sippy since about 6 months and has held her own bottle since about 9 months.

All babies develop at different rates though. I wouldn't be worried yet about him not walking as I believe the average is between 8-18 months, making the mean 13 months. I wouldn't be too concerned with his speech yet either. However, I would be a little concerned about his gross motor skills such as holding his sippy cup. I would definitely bring this up to his pediatrician. In the mean time, you could help him along some at home with his motor skills an speech. Read to him several times a day, even if he won't sit still for lohng. Show him baby friendly flash cards with pictures and words to expose him to a greater vocabulary. Make sure that he has ample opportunity to cruise and use push toys. Allow him to be barefoot and help him practice walking while holding onto your fingers.

I hope that this helps! Also, work with him on his fine motor skills by playing with chunky puzzles, giving him lots of blocks, rattles, etc. to strengthen the grip in his hands.

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