Milestones & Development

Learn about developmental milestones for every month and year including when your child should be talking, walking, reading and more.

Baby talk

How old was your little one when they started talking? My 15 month old talks a lot but it’s just cute baby babble.

  • Lily

    My almost 18 month old just started wanting to talk. She is adding new words every day! I wouldn't worry too much until about 2. Just talk to her a lot and read and she will when she is ready

  • Nicole

    Every kiddo is different, so try not to compare yours to others. 😊 My son went to his 18mo doc appointment and was told he’d need to come back in two months for an evaluation because he wasn’t saying so much as mommy or daddy. It freaked us out. But two months later, he was hammering away. And it seems every day he’s learning a new word (he is 26 months now). So, don’t freak out. He/She will st... More

Anonymous posted in Milestones & Development Tuesday

When did your child start distinguishing between the Thomas trains?

Some 2 year olds are able to name them individually (Thomas, Percy, Edward, etc). To some 3 year olds, they’re all “Thomas”. When did your kid start naming them individually?

  • A

    About 2.5 my son became Thomas obsessed and can name most of them. He’s always called Gordon, Eric though, we re not really sure where that cane from. 😂

  • Jamie

    My 2yo loves PAW Patrol and started by calling them all Rocky Doggie. He's 26 months and has added 2 more names. I guess that's kind of the same thing!

2yo can't handle organized activities

When I take my son to story time, gymnastics, or any organized activity he has no interest. He just wants to run around (emphasis on the run) and do his own thing while all the other toddlers seem to be having a great time participating. Since he's only 26 months, do you think I should just stick to playgrounds and free play and wait until he's a little older to do organized stuff? This... More

  • Jamie

    Thanks for all the replies. At least I know my son isn't the only one. It does seem like it is part of his personality.

  • Taylor

    organized activities are not expected to be accomplished till the age of 7 or 8 years old. this is their time to be free to be whatever they feel 💞 lil ones are the best

Sitting to standing position

My 13 month old boy runs freely. He doesn’t know how to stand up from sitting position. Any suggestions?

  • Tara
    Feb 08

    Haha my son had the same issue until the last two days. I’d say he’ll figure it out. I think this is an underrated skill and milestone 😉

When did you LO start grasping/holding onto toys?

My son will be 4mo next week and still does not seem entertained with toys as far as wanting to reach or hold onto them. I put them in his hands but after a couple seconds he’ll let go. Is this normal? When did you baby start holding onto or seem interested in toys?

  • Aje
    Feb 09

    Also my nephew loved to kick things and use his legs but was very reluctant to use his arms. Couldn’t put him down for tummy time or try to do anything with his arms. We were concerned for a little while but now he’s over a year and totally normal. I think he was just a very tense high strung baby.

  • Laurie
    Feb 09

    Well he had a two week hospital stay when he was 2 1/2months where he was intubated and sedated for majority of that time and I think that has something to do with it as well as far as him being behind a couple weeks since that time he was immobile. I’ve also been told boys are slower than girls at learning, although I don’t know how true that is...

Anonymous posted in Milestones & Development Feb 07

3Yr Old Sleep Habbits

How much sleep does your 3yr old get? We recently started experimenting with “quiet time,” rather than nap time. I have mixed feeling about it - on the plus my twins are going to bed around 7pm rather than 9. They also go down 100% easier and quicker. However, I’m worried they are not getting enough sleep ... they generally will wake up between 5 and 6 in the morning. They sometimes get cranky... More

  • Raychelle
    Feb 10

    Our 3.5 year old still naps every day for at least an hour & 1/2. He goes to school 5 days a week and they nap there so we just keep the routine on the weekends. Bed time during the week is no later than 8 pm. My son is very active and for his sanity, my sanity and the teachers- we push nap time!!

  • Caitlin
    5h ago

    We went cold-turkey on naps at around 3... She now goes to bed at around 10 and is up at 7-8. Which works for us. We’re pretty anti-schedule, so we just let her go to bed when she’s tired and get up when she’s ready. Go by how your kid feels. That being said, on nights where we know she has to get up earlier, we lay her down way earlier. Listen to your kid’s body, not what they’re saying 😂 The ... More

Frida posted in Behavior Feb 06

11 month old hits himself out of anger, is this normal or should I be worried?

Hi moms! My almost 11 month old recently started hitting his head with his both hands when he gets angry he tries to hit me too but I don’t let him, I’ve been reading it’s a common thing because they don’t know how to handle anger and frustration, and that it eventually goes away, but I wanted to know if y’all went or are going through the same and how you guys handle it. Also my first concern... More

  • Frida
    Feb 06

    Yes I have (josh) it usually happens when I take something away from him like my phone, or stuff that he shouldn’t be playing with

  • Anonymous
    Feb 06

    My son is 3 and he does this. He is not autistic. It only happens once in a while and it's usually when he hurts himself 🤷

Anonymous posted in Milestones & Development Feb 04

Losing my voice (literally!)

For several medical reasons, I’ll have my tonsils removed when our baby is about 9 months old. During recovery I won’t have use of my voice, and I’m concerned about engaging baby. How do/did you engage with baby when you had severe sore throats or laryngitis? We do baby signs, but I’m worried baby won’t get the speaking/reading/singing play she’s used to while I’m “out of commission.” Any s... More

  • Christa
    Feb 05

    Hit the library up for audiobooks, and get a few of them. Just the sound of stories is amazing when you’re unable to read them yourself! There are some great ones!!! Get well soon!!!

  • T
    Feb 05

    Play dates. Children’s museums have areas for crawlers. Science museums have areas for little kids. Farms. Parks. Just get out.

Speech therapy

Has anyone had their child placed in speech therapy at 18 months? Was it beneficial?

Anonymous posted in Behavior Feb 03

20 months old not requesting milk/water etc

My 20 month old son is not requesting milk or any food by himself. We want to train him in that area. If he sees a water bottle then he will bring it to us and says “open.” But, what if he doesn’t see a water bottle around and he’s thirsty? We don’t know if he will look for it on his own. Anyone have any suggestions? Please let me know.

  • MamaNukesYopolo
    Feb 03

    I agree. Your options are to teach him the words or signs for it, or just leave a water cup out for him. I think you are thinking too hard on this. Maybe it’s just cause I had three kids in three years and I try to minimize potential things they have to ask for, but I always have a cup of water for each kid in the main playroom where they can reach it.

  • Jamie
    Feb 04

    I thought my little guy sign language for eat, food, more and drink. It makes our life so much easier and I know right away what he wants. I also usually leave a cup with juice or water out where he can get it himself.


Hi everyone, so my 15 month old baby has been in a lowest percentage of height and weight since he was a month old and I’m worried cause he’s a picky eater. Has anyone have this problem with their little one? And do you give him/her a vitamins and what kind?

  • Tara
    Feb 03

    I’m with T. I don’t follow the percentiles beyond anything that seems to overly concern baby’s doctor. If your child has energy, is bright eyed and bushy tailed, then I’d keep offering them healthy varieties for them to sample, but otherwise, go with (full fat yogurt and berries...

  • Jess

    I am in the EXACT same boat. My 16 month old is in the 1 percentile. Has been all his life. I just keep offering foods to him. Sometimes I’m successful but most of the time I’m not. The doctor isn’t worried. He’s meeting all his milestones. We asked about pediasure/toddler formula. He said don’t bother. He’s maintaining his own growth curve. When we asked about tricks for picky eating, he sai... More

Anonymous posted in Milestones & Development Feb 02

Speech development

My almost-21 month old says about 20 “real” words. A couple more if you count animal sounds, which I’m not. He was born 2 months early so there’s that, but I know preemies are supposed to be mainly caught up by the time they’re 2. I’ve been seeing so much come up all over the place about early intervention and I’m wondering if that would be something to look into. My preschooler was always ahea... More

  • Kristen
    Feb 02

    My son is two and was not a preemie. We put him in a early intervention group cause he said only 10-15 words at two. He is getting better but the group just told us we should look into weekly speech therapy. I would try the early intervention (the one we go to is free) it can only help him.

  • Angelica

    Definitely bring it up with your Pediatrician if you are concerned. Is he doing really well in other areas of developement? My son was slower to pick up on talking because he was more interested in learning physical skills. Baby sign language helped him communicate better until he started using his words.

Anonymous posted in Milestones & Development Feb 01

Any experiences with 15-16 month old wanting to sleep all the time?

My daughter has never been a good sleeper and lately she wants to sleep all of the time. She comes up to me all the time asking for a nap. She has to be held for naps or else she wakes up constantly and is waking up a lot throughout the night. She is cranky all day. Is there some sort of developmental phase at this age? She's been learning and doing a lot more lately. She knows her colors a... More

  • Anonymous
    Feb 01

    Don’t know the right answer but my son is 14 months and is doing the same thing!!!! He took two 2.5 hour naps the other day!! He is getting his molars so I was thinking that’s why he was waking up at night and is cranky.... sorry don’t know the right answer but those are my best guesses. I’ve just been saying generalized “growth spurt” haha

  • PK
    Feb 01

    Growth spurt maybe? When my son goes through a growth spurt he will wake up in the middle of the night and spend 2 hrs up with me.. he will do this for a week and then all of a sudden sleep through the night again and also be able to reach things he wasn’t able to reach before

Speech therapy recommendation

Hi every one my son is 16 month and doctor has recommended speech therapy, would really appreciate if anyone has specific recommendations for speech therapy and share their personal experiences Many thanks in advance.

  • K
    Jan 27

    The best place to start is with your state services. In NY you can request an evaluation for services at 18 months. They will come to you, complete evaluations not only for speech but also cognitive and physical abilities. They will score the eval to see if he qualifies. I had my son eval‘ day 18 months, he did not qualify bc his cognitive skills. So, we then went private which could be expensi... More

  • Kendra
    Jan 29

    Contact Early Intervention. They come to your home and evaluate the child. Once you’re approved a speech therapist will come to your house and do services there. My son was 19 months when he started his. It’s wonderful!

Not speaking enough

So my son just turned 2 Jan 8 and he doesn’t have much to say. It usually just noises and a little bit of babble outside of his four usual words. What else can I do to make him want to use his words and try to get them out ????? Please help

  • Bridgette
    Jan 27

    My son will be 3 in April and he just started saying alot more with in the last month

  • Traci
    Feb 06

    My son is now 2 1/2 and since 18 months I’ve been trying to get him into speech therapy. Long story short I finally got him in about a month ago and sure enough he has a speech delay from a lot of ear infections. He has made major progress in just a month. It’s amazing. Either ask for a referral from his doctor or call your insurance because some don’t even require a referral. Maybe just set up... More

Anonymous posted in Milestones & Development Jan 25

12 month old says 1 word

Hi all. I realize I’m probably overthinking this but my 12 month old only says 1 word “uh oh” ... shouldn’t he be saying at least 4 words by now? I try to read to him daily (that is when he doesn’t run away from me or tear the book out of my hands and throw it on the floor), I talk to him constantly narrating everything I do, while we sit and eat I point things out (food, light, window, floor, ... More

  • Cris
    Jan 25

    When my son was a year old he only said about 2 words. I felt like he was so delayed compared to other kids his age. The closer he got to 18 months I started to worry about what his doctor may say at his check up. By the time his was 18 months he said about 10 words and his doctor was not concerned at all. He will be 2 next month and now talks and mimics everyone all day long! I don’t think you... More

  • Anonymous
    Jan 28

    Hi T, thanks for the reply. I’m confused by your response? Why did they recommend an IQ test? Is your daughter above average in language skills?

Anonymous posted in Milestones & Development Jan 16

Sitting and rolling over

My six month old to be is starting to sit but still warbles to down after a minute or two. He also isn’t rolling over and I fear this has to do with him not having the strength to do so since l tummy time is limited for him due to him painful(dramatizing) hating being in his tummy. Should I be concerned, has anyone been through something similar and have tips?

  • Haley
    Jan 16

    Even doing tummy time for just a minute or two helps. Our daughter hated it, but it really is essential to building those neck and back muscles. I wouldn't worry too much about him not sitting up completely yet though. Each baby has their own time table. Just work with him each day and he will be there before you know it.

  • Jackie
    Jan 18

    My LO will be 7 months soon and she’s in the same boat. We continue to do the tummy time even though she doesn’t like it but within the last week I’ve seen great improvement in her neck muscles. She’s been holding her head up higher and longer and she is very close to rolling from her belly to back (she can do back to belly). I try to keep her entertained with toys and switch to a different one... More

Smart mouth 2 year old !

My two year old has a smart mouth ! I call her name she says what , I ask her to do something she says no . The " WHAT" really bothers me . I try correcting her and she still says WHAT . I have no clue where she gets it from . how to stop it ?? Help

  • Anonymous
    Jan 15

    I can see how just saying “what” when you just call her name can sound rude but to me it’s whatever. At least she is acknowledging that she heard you and not ignoring you. What do you want her to say? “What mommy?” “Yes mama?” Two word responses are a little extra work for them - and to include your name in their response may seem silly to them because you’re the one that initiated the conver... More

  • Elle
    Jan 15

    Agree with MamaNukesYopolo

Anonymous posted in Behavior Jan 15

3 year old regressing

My 3 year old step-daughter lives with me and her father and has been for 2.5 years now. Her mother has been in and out of her life off and on but she now sees her every other weekend and since this started consistently about 5 months ago my step-daughter has regressed in potty training, talking, and maturity. She has a lot of anxiety and anger since our time sharing of every other weekend with... More

Trying to crawl

Any others mommas/daddies babies trying to crawl?

  • Viv
    Jan 15

    Yup ! Our little one started crawling just after seven months. Now just a week after turning 8 months she’s attempting to stand in her crib and uses things around her to pull herself up

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