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Infants Waving Goodbye
The average age for : waving "bye" back to someone who waved to him is 10 months. At that age a baby should mimic "Pat-a-Cake & "Peek-a-Boo", raise his arms to be picked up (6-9 mos.) & turn consistently to his name. (8-9 mos.) These are signs of reciprocal social communication & reciprocal social interaction. If absent, seek an assessment by your state's Early Intervention Program for Autistic Spectrum Disorder. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
< 1 years: Infants begin to associate words with objects within the first months of life. The more the parents speak to their baby, the more language the baby will acquire. Most babies know who 'mama' is long before they can say the word. Receptive language can be enhanced by talking with your baby. Describe everthing that you say and do with your child and his receptive language will quickly grow. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Everyone's different: ...But, generally speaking, 12 month olds will have 2-3 words that they will say. 15 month olds will have about 6-10 words that they will say, 18 month olds 10-15 words, and 2 year olds have 20-50 words, at least. By 2, children will also start putting words together in phrases. If your toddler does not meet these criteria, talk to your pediatrician about evaluation. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Teething: Most babies get their first tooth around six months and then a new tooth about every month or so - a typical 1 year old may have six teeth. However some babies are born with teeth (natal teeth) and some babies don’t get their first tooth until they are 1, there is a wide range for normal development. Kids may lose their first tooth around age 5, barring trauma. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
4-9 months: Babies usually start drooling and putting fingers in mouth by 4 months. Sometimes they can show all symptoms of teething a good 2 months before you see the tooth pop through. It is ok if you see no tooth even at 9 months as long as the baby is growing fine and is not completely bald. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Too soon: Ask any parent. Lol. The earliest I have ever had a baby walk was 7 months. Many walk at 9 months and the average is 10-12 months. Some will be a bit later..12-15 months. I do not become concerned unless a child is not walking by 17 months. ...Read more
Talking?: 9-12 months for words. But they begin cooing and then babbling between 2 and 4 months. By 9-12 months they can say mama, dada, baba, papa sounds and by 12 months say 1-2 words. So talking really begins at 2 months with cooing as they form sounds and listen to parents talking. They can recognize voices from in utero, ie they will recognize dad's voice as soon as they are born. ...Read more
3 month old tenses up and cries when I hold him while walking, bouncing or slowly push him in a swing. He's never experienced anything tramatic.
Exam: If he seems overly fussy with movement, please bring him in for an exam by his pediatrician. She will carefully do an exam and see if there are any areas of concern, checking ears, etc. Check his hands and feet to be sure a small hair isn't cutting off blood supply and undress him fully to be sure clothes/diapers aren't restrictive. ...Read more
20 month old boy does not engage in a converstion, when i try he gets disinterested and moves away to the tablet. Sings Nursry rhyms. How to encourage?
Verbal skills: Don't give him tablet at this time and try and play age appropriate games with him. Be sure and ask his pediatrician about his speech and social skills. Read books and encourage him to repeat words. ...Read more
21 month old does not engage in a conversation, he runs away or closes his eyes and giggles when you hold him toengage. How to encorage comunication?
I agree: I agree with dr elzako. I would add that your child should start seeing a pediatric dental specialist at age 1 for the same reasons that your child sees a pediatrician, rather than a gp. The pedodontist can asses growth and development and help you share in your child's oral hygiene for the best result. The pedodontist will also give you anti-cavity nutrition advice and monitor fluorides. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
6 mo after due date: The short answer is 6 months after the due date. This is an average and variation of plus or minus several months is usually no cause for worry. Typically the lower front teeth are the first to show up. Obviously, each child is unique, and you should consult your dental provider for your specific case. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Does the "let them cry" method work? On a 4mo old? We r going from swing to crib. Need good tips. Slow transition? Soothe? Let cry?
They train you: If they're crying, it means that they want something from you. If you give it to them, then they learn that crying = getting something. If you don't give it to them, then they learn the opposite. This is not to say that you withhold diaper changes and feeding. However, learning to self-sooth is an important step in a kiddo's development. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My 3.5 month old baby smiles and babbles the whole time but he does not laugh yet. Should I be worried?
When do babies generally start to laugh?
Laughing and babblin: Your son is doing just fine! Babbling responsively is the beginnings of verbal communication and probably more important than laughing. The deliciousness that is a baby's laugh is not far behind. It can be hard to wait. ...Read more
My 19 mo toddler boy throwing toys or hitting on purpose to go to timeout. Why? And other suggestions? Maybe do it wrong. He likes hug reward at end.
Reward: A child's job at this age is to test limits. That's how they discover the rules of their world. They test you to see what limits you will set for them. However, if you give me a mild punishment and then a large reward, then there is no real punishment. You should eliminate the hugging, and any praise, after the punishment. Simply take another time out and say a stern "no-hit" and move on. ...Read more
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