Milestones & Development

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

Anonymous posted in Behavior Sep 13

Extremely verbal 22mo

My LO is extremely verbal for her age. She is not yet 2 and can chatter on to me, herself or anyone about anything for hours on end. It is amazing! However I find myself forgetting that she is not even 2. Sometimes i think that my husband and I think that she understands more than she does and possibly expect too much her. I also think she knows what she is expected to say and does not understa... More

  • Anonymous
    Sep 14

    Children reach different milestones at different times. Dont limit her due to the expectations of others. My daughter will be two in October. She speaks in full sentences. When we go out in public people comment on it and are shocked by her age. I dont expect her to act like a 4 year old, but I do expect her to use her words and the abilities she has.

  • Imani
    Sep 15

    You definitely are already on the right track. My now 3 year old has always been very verbal. I understand you don't want to discipline her like a 4 year old or treat her like a 4 year old but it doesn't hurt to intrigue her mind. If she says something just out of habit and you think she doesn't fully understand what she is say ask her if she understands or just tell her. Ask probin... More

Advise on helping baby speak.

Baby is almost 18 months old and he only speaks mama and papa. How do I help him improve his vocabulary?

  • Abigail
    Sep 15

    Thank you all for sharing . If I may ask ? What are some of the titles of the books you read to your toddlers and where can we get some to buy. Thanks

  • PK
    Sep 15

    The best books for toddlers are the books about stuff they are interested in. My son loves dinosaurs, animals, trucks, trains and Halloween. So we have a lot of books about or related to those topics. What is your toddler interested in? Another way to discover new books to love is to go to your public library, get a library card and make it a point to go at least twice a month to check out som... More

Anonymous posted in Milestones & Development Sep 06

Test for speech delay? Test for autism?

My 20 month old son still isn’t talking. He’s only said “Mama”, “Apboo” (apple), “uh oh”, he babbles and makes noises. My pediatrician keeps telling me my son will talk soon and that there’s no need to get him tested but I’m just not sure. I guess I just feel alone and wanted to read other parents’ experiences ... good and bad ... with this.

  • Amanda
    Sep 08

    I would go for it if you're worried. Mother's intuition is always right. My doctor advised us against it too, but my son made it into the program after he got evaluated. The therapists are super nice and fun, and he's learned so much in only a few months. It's also free in my county.

  • Melissa
    Sep 09

    I needed to see this my son will be two next month and is babbling and saying minimal words...his peditrician suggested early intervention he didnt qualify for any services but i feel as though he does need a speech therapist i will be going through my insurance to find him one

Brushing teeth

My 1year old has 2 teeth and 4 more coming out. How do I start brushing his teeth?

  • Mary
    Sep 06

    We watch the Elmo toothbrushing video on YouTube while we brush. Keeps them distracted!

  • Holly Garnett-Pedreira
    Sep 10

    They have wipes for mouth and finger tooth brushes ❤

My LO is 11 months old.. till now only one little tooth has popped out .. should i worry??

Only one small part of tooth has come for my baby (in front below).. no more teeth at all .. her gums are very hard.. should i worry that no more teeth yet?? For so many kids at this age 3-4 teeth pops out..

  • Anonymous
    Aug 26

    Don’t worry my LO’s teeth also came out late.❤️

  • Monda
    Aug 26

    Don’t worry my best friend is daughter had no teeth until she was 16 month old and all the sudden they all started coming out she’s 18 month old with almost all her Messing teeth in

LO not cruising nor walking

My LO will be a year next month. Not yet cruising but can stand holding something. Any need to worry?

  • Vee
    Sep 02

    My tiny one didn't start walking until he was 15 months! I worried a lot and panicked and even brought it up at his 1 year check up but his doc made me feel better. Few months after, he was walking! Every child is different!

  • Grapes for brains
    Sep 04

    Mine is 17 months and isn’t walking though I see that changing in the next couple weeks. He’s a super fast crawler though

Occupational Therapy

Has anyone put their child in occupational therapy for sensory disorder? What types of things do they teach there?

  • E
    Aug 15

    Often it’s things to help the child better understand the sensory information from their environment. Most therapist work with the family to help improve the child’s everyday function in the home/ community. The types of interventions will differ on what the child’s needs are. It is almost always play based and works on integration of the sensory system to increase performance of everyday tasks... More

  • Momof1
    Aug 16

    Thank you!!

Oh Crap Potty Training

Hi! Has anyone tried the Oh Crap Potty training book with a daycare that requires pull ups or diapers until they are potty trained? I am curious how long it would take to be potty trained if you are doing it just at home only.

  • Laura
    Aug 04

    We did a 4 day weekend of Oh Crap when she was 28 months, then she had accidents at school and wasn't telling the teachers when she needed to go, so she wore diapers at school for about 3 months. They'd offer her the opportunity to pee at school, but otherwise she always had a diaper on there, but no diaper away from school (I'd put it on after taking her to the bathroom when I drop... More

  • anonymous mom
    Aug 05

    We didn’t do the oh crap method. At least I don’t think so. I bought the book because I’d read so many good things about it here on Winnie but I never had time to actually read it which is on brand for my life right now. What ended up happening with us was she got a potty chair for her first birthday and I had it set up in the bathroom. Over time as she saw me, my husband, and other older kids ... More

When do kids start to recognize themselves in photos? Just curious to know.

My 19month old recognizes everyone but herself; she either says baby or doesn’t say anything.

  • PK
    Jul 22

    Can she say her name? My son wouldn’t say anything either at that age but I think because he struggled to say his own name. Around 2 was when he finally said his own name and actively pointed himself out in pictures.

  • Raji
    Jul 23

    She is verbal and can say her nickname but can’t pronounce her first name.

Does anyone’s toddler stutter?

My son will be 2 in a few weeks. He’s had a large vocabulary for his age. He usually speaks with two or three words at a time. But sometimes he will go “mama mama mama mama mama mama drink” It takes him a long time to get that next word out and sounds like he’s really struggling. Or every now and then it’s the first sound of a word repeated. Like “want m m-m m m m milk”. I’m just curious if thi... More

  • anonymous mom
    Jul 22

    I think it’s not abnormal if that makes sense. Talk to your pediatrician, but overall I think the key is to not show concern or frustration when it happens and calmly answer his requests and it should pass.

  • Katie
    Jul 23

    Mine is 2.5 and goes through brief phases where he gets stuttery, usually related to lack of sleep or other stress. He is a precocious talker, so it really alarmed us when he suddenly couldn't seem to get his words out. BUT. This can be a normal part of speech development for this age group. Odds are good your kid is fine, keep an eye on it, and check in with your pediatrician.

LOW MUSCLE TONE? Please help

my LO is 10months+, yet cannot bear weight on his own, not crawling though sitting but sits bending with spine obvious. Any cause to worry? Anyone experienced this with LO? What did you do? Thanks

  • Jennifer
    Jul 19

    See if you can schedule an evaluation with infants and toddlers. My LO due to medical issues has low muscle tone and qualified for PT from them. We also received physical therapy and occupational therapy. So your pediatrician may have some recommendations. With this services we do see a lot of improvement in her ability.

  • Crystal
    Aug 09

    Yes, you should speak to your pediatrician and get referred to CDSA (Child Development Services)- I’m sure most states have it. The evaluation is free and the my can arrange a physical therapy session- sounds like he might need a little coaching :)

My grandson is almost 31 months. He can recite nursery rhymes but he does not talk. Is that normal?

  • Momof1
    Jul 17

    If he can recite nursery rhymes he must know a lot of words! Have you taken him to a speech therapist to be evaluated?

  • Deanna
    Jul 18

    You can get a free assessment from Early Intervention in your area (might be called something else where you are). They will rule out things that might prevent talking and suggest programs or therapies to help him talk... but yes, he should be talking. My kids are 22-months and are in speech therapy to help them communicate and will start pre-k to encourage more talking.

Sleep issues of my baby

My Lo is 8 months and is in love with his new found mobility. He literally gets up from sleep every 2 hrs at night and starts to crawl around his crib. He is not interested in self soothing and instead needs me wo bottlefeed him before his next round of sleep. I am not getting any sleep hence. Any suggestions would be great!

C posted in Behavior Jul 14

What is the earliest age to teach how to put toys away after you're done with them? 😒

Because I'm fed up picking up my baby's toys or tripping over them for the millionth time. 😖

  • Diamond
    Aug 19

    My son is currently 3 and we clean up together or some time I’ll sing “ clean up, clean up” and he starts to put his toys in the toy bind

Anonymous posted in Behavior Jul 11

My 6 yr old is sensitive

Our son is 6 and is young for his age. He’s always met all milestones at his own pace and he started having a speech therapist at 3 when he was assessed as having a developmental delay. He’s come leaps and bounds. However, he’s always been a sweet, sensitive boy that tends to cry easily. For example, he’ll cry when a toy breaks, or when he’s playing with kids and something happens that he think... More

Toddler Bed

My son is going to be 1.5 next month and I believe it is time to move him to a toddler bed. He can't climb out of his crib, but he does try and ends up almost getting his leg stuck.

  • Sammie
    Jul 08

    His mattress is as low as it can go.

  • Jennifer
    Jul 08

    Might be time then. It might be a few bad nights of him getting up and whatnot but he will get it

20month toddler speech

Hello! I’m a little worried that my 20month toddler only does 24 understandable words for now. The other thing is she babbles a lot and she understands almost everything I tell her in Spanish and English. She tries to sing in sentences. But I don’t know if its because I talk to her in two languages or she is just behind. What are you’re experiences and should I have her evaluated or im just jum... More

  • Wayne
    Jul 08

    My boy did that until about 2.5 years old. Now I can't get him to shut his mouth. Lol. According to our doctor, animal noises also count as words.

  • Momof1
    Jul 09

    My son could only speak 4 words including dada at 20 months. We decided on speech therapy in our case but I think 24 is a lot! I’m sure she will catch up :) I think most sites say 50 words by 24 months but that shouldn’t be a problem given how many she knows already

toddler who will be 2 in August. Not TALKING!

I’m a stay at home mom and he isn’t talking . Nor is he around other children. Is this normal.

  • Toi
    Jul 11

    I would love if my kid one day start talking out the blue that would just brighten my whole day

  • becky
    Jul 11

    What did his pediatrician say at his 2 year old check up? My son also wasnt talking much so they gave me 2 months to check back in. During that time I had to overexplain everything and talk constantly to help him learn to talk. It worked and now he talks all day! Some kids just take longer but definitely make sure it is on his doctors radar in case he needs speech therapy.

14 month old not walking

Anybody else have a baby that just refuses to walk?? She loves to climb, but she just will not walk. I just don’t want her to fall behind.

  • Mariah
    Aug 01

    Thank you! Just worried because she is incredibly smart when it comes to everything else it’s just the walking. But I suppose it could be because she knows it’s faster to crawl then it is to walk! She has walked a decent distance every now and then, and gets around pushing her little walker but she just doesn’t want to do it by herself. Perhaps because we have hard wood floor and the falls hurt... More

  • Anonymous
    Aug 01

    It’ll happen soon. My daughter was in this phase for what seemed like forever (walking a lot but only with support). Part of it is confidence. It takes time. Also, the smartest person I’ve ever known didn’t start walking till he was 3!!! He’s now a junior at Harvard on a full ride academic scholarship!!! So intelligence has nothing to do with it. They are all learning on their own schedule. ❤️❤️

Sippy cup to regular cup or thermos

Hi! My son is almost two years old and he will not give up his miracle 360 cup. We have been trying to get him to drink from a regular cup, straw, or thermos and he refuses to have it anywhere near his mouth. Has anyone had this issue? Any hope for getting past this phase?

  • Anonymous
    Jul 04

    I personally wouldn’t be worried about it! Just leave him be and try different cups occasionally. I’m sure he won’t be using it in high school ;)

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