late walker, small talker

Mashell - posted on 03/24/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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my son is 18 months old. He just started walking a week or 2 ago and doesn't say many words. I don't know if I should be worried or if he is just progressing a little slower that "normal". He was born about a month early and was small at birth (5 pounds 9 ounces) He also started crawling late. I dont know if him being small and early was a setback or if he is a slow learner, or if there is a more serious problem...should i be worried?

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Claire - posted on 03/25/2010

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I wouldn't worry. My daughter was born 7 weeks early and was also a late walker (18 months before she was really off and running). The talking differs from child to child. As long as he is talking and progressing/meeting the normal expectations I'm sure he's fine. I wouldn't try and compare to other kids, they all progress so differently. Just because he's not saying words, doesn't mean he doesn't understand and learn them. They may just all come out at once at some point!

Kellee - posted on 03/25/2010

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No way I wouldnt worry at all, I know all docs say kids go at there own rate but it is so true. My son was the same way at that age didnt talk very much at all maybe had 3 or 4 words he would say. now at 2 1/2 he is saying sentences and mimics everything, Just give ur little man some time . And preemie also have an adjudusted age for when they would have been born.And I think even if a preemie all kids catch up by around the three year ols mark. So definetly no worries just talk to him lots and read books, found this helped with my little one. Good luck

Lady - posted on 03/25/2010

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Every child developes differently, some a lot faster others slower. As long as he is still reaching his mile stones then I wouldn't be too concerned. It may be that being small at birth means that he will - for now - be doing things on the slower end of the chart but he is still within the chart an that's what to focus on. Or it may just be his personality to really think things through before he does them. Just keep an eye on him the same as we all do as parents but don't let yourself worry too much.

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