My baby (well I guess Toddler is the right word) will be 15 months old in 9 days and she is still not laughing. She smiles all the time and babbles away but I have never heard her laugh. I tickle her and she tenses up and gives me strange looks – wondering what on earth I am doing.
She is very interactive so I am not worried that she has sight or hearing problems… but she is not saying any distinctive words yet either – only babble (dada, nana etc). She doesn’t point or wave.
She is also not walking yet either. She cruises along furniture and can stand unsupported for about 30 seconds.. but she is not walking yet.
Should I take her to the doctor to get checked out or is she just a late developer? She is quite small for her age – she only weighs 7.5kgs.
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15-Month-Old Baby Not Laughing, Pointing, Walking, Talking…
What an adorable girl you have! You ask about her development and that she isn’t walking or talking yet, doesn’t point, doesn’t laugh and that she is underweight.
My main concern is the weight of your toddler. It seems that her weight is below the normal range, and this could have serious effects on your child’s development. Has she always been small? Any signs of food intolerance?
At 15 months, a toddler should be able to walk with assistance and stand alone. Since she is cruising along furniture and standing by herself (if only for few seconds), my guess is that she will be able to walk the coming months.
The lack of talking does not seem very strange to me. At this age a lot of children do not really talk, but may say at least one word. Does she appear to understand words, even if she doesn’t talk? What if you ask her where mommy is, the lamp, daddy, and so on? Does she look in the right direction? Does she respond to her name? If she doesn’t seem to understand words at all, maybe you should bring it up with her doctor and see if they would suggest a hearing test or development screening after all.
Is she interested in reading picture books? That is one great way to have fun together and practice her language skills.
The lack of pointing is the one thing that makes me wonder a little bit. Most babies/young toddlers have quite a strong will at this age and since they can’t really use words yet, they figure out that pointing is an efficient way to get what they want.
Lack of pointing and waving is one indication of a development problem, but not in isolation.
Children that have serious development problems, such as autism, usually have a number of symptoms, such as not looking the other people’s eyes, not being interactive, over-sensitive to noise and more.
The fact that she isn’t laughing… I don’t know if that would be considered an issue. I don’t think so, but I am not really an expert. I know it is considered an issue if a baby or toddler never smiles back when smiled at, but that is obviously not the case with your daughter.
If I were you I’d probably discuss the issues at your daughter’s next health check up. (Is one scheduled for 18 months?) If she still doesn’t walk or talk at all after the summer, then it might be wise to follow it up. And use the summer months to really have fun with her and stimulate her development.
Of course, if you are very worried, talk to her doctor already now. There is no point in walking around being worried and your daughter will sense your stress too.
I really hope and believe that your sweet daughter is just fine.
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