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by Daniel

I have a 1 year 3 month old son and he cannot walk or talk. He can talk but not to us only when he is on his own and then its more like baby noise’s babababa etc. He can feed himself and use beakers. He always cries and I have only just noticed his hands shake. After a little bit of food he throws it and screams till we feed him.

Is any of this normal?

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Normal Child Development At 15 Months

Don’t worry, it sounds like your son is pretty normal in terms of talking and walking. Many babies don’t walk until 18 months or so. Some walk very early, there really is a big range. (You can take a look at our baby walking poll here.) Just make sure he has lots of opportunities to get to furniture and pull himself up and walk around the furniture. Take him for walks by holding both hands and give him lots of praise for trying.

With talking, he is just at the age of babbling. He will start to have some words, like Mama, Daddad, maybe drink or wawa for water. He will start to have more words for familiar things over the next few months. It takes a lot longer to actually have recognizable sentences, but he will start to chat to you and he knows what he means, even if it sounds like nonsense to you. He will understand a lot more than he can articulate.

The more you talk to him, making eye contact so he can see your mouth and face, and show him how to say words for familiar things, the sooner he is likely to try to imitate what you do. Have lots of conversations and tell him what you are doing. Babies are like a sponge and absorb everything around them – including words we would prefer they didn’t!

Life can be very frustrating when you can’t communicate. At this age they swing between wanting to do everything themselves, even if they can’t and wanting you to do it. Just encourage them to try things, but help him if he is getting too frustrated. He has probably figured out if you feed him he gets more than when he does it. Throwing food around is par for the course! He is expressing frustration, but also learning all sorts of things along the way.

Sometimes babies like to be given their own spoon to feed, but you also pop a spoonful in. Give him lots of finger foods so he can experiment with different textures and sizes and colors. Mashed baby food really is not necessary at this age.

The shaking puzzles me, it may just be excitement or frustration, but check it out with your doctor in case there is anything else.

But just relax with it all, your little boy sounds like he is doing very well, believe it or not, frustration is a good thing as he knows what he wants and is trying very hard to express himself.

I hope this helps,

Annie Desantis

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Feb 18, 2013

by: Daniel

Thank you, you hear of peoples children doing all kinds of different things but at least it is normal and great to hear.

We found out the shaking was the been impatient on waiting for his food to cool… without sounding cruel we experimented on what could be triggering it and as soon as he saw food he shook so you was spot on with the excitement thing.

Many thanks.

Nov 05, 2013

21mth old wont talk or walk
by: brenda

My son is 21 mths old and he won’t walk on his own. He will walk round the furniture and using his push along and sometimes holding my hand. And also he has stopped talking. He used to say mommom and dadada is there something wong with him?

Dec 06, 2013

When a baby’s abilities disappear…

by: Paula (Easy Baby Life)

Hi Brenda,
If your child used to talk and isn’t anymore, you should talk to his healthcare provider. It may very well be that he is so focsed on learning to walk that he is pausing his speech development a bit, but it is still worth checking out.

Has he been ill recently? That can make babies slow down for a little while, only to catch up a little later.
If he does have development issues of some kind or even a hearing problem, you will all be much better off by getting help as early as possible.

I hope everything turns out to be just fine. Please let me know.


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