Q&A: Premature Baby Not Standing or Walking at 16 Months

My daughter was born premature, at 32 weeks. For the first year she was fine, developing fine. But around her first birthday she has seemed to stopped. She’s 16 months now, and not doing a lot of the things she should be doing at 16 months. We went in for her 15 month well baby and I expressed my concerns …

Q&A: 2 Year Old Has Sleeping Problems

My 2 year old is very intelligent and gets bored easily and I have trouble getting her to sleep at night. She is not hyperactive I read her stories but it does not put her to sleep. You can read our article on sleep patterns at this link. Having a set and consistent bedtime routine for a 2 year old …

Q&A: 2 Year Old is Afraid to Have a Bowel Movement on the Toilet

My son is two and three months old. He is toilet trained and asks me to go to the bathroom frequently. He hardly ever wets his underpants. However, he is afraid to have a bowel movement on the toilet. It is common for some children to have a fear of having a bowel movement on the toilet. Some children are …

Q&A: 1 Year Old Not Self Feeding

My one year old grandson was “tongue – tied” and this was surgically corrected when he was 8 months old. It wasn’t diagnosis as a newborn infant. He has shown no interest in self-feeding, but will accept/chew/swallow appropriate table foods if these are given to him. He has never put toys in his mouth to explore it. He does use …

Q&A: Toddler Understands But Does Not Talk

My daughter is going to turn 21 months in 2 weeks and I’m a little concerned with her talking. She doesn’t talk. She is VERY smart; she knows exactly what you are talking about; she’ll follow simple and not so simple instructions, but she doesn’t talk! Even when she tries to talk like “ball,” she’ll say “ba” but only if …

Q&A: 18 Month Old Only Babbles and Does Not Talk

My son will be 18 months next week. He doesn’t talk solid words but babbles on and off. He rarely answers to his name. When it comes to mealtime, he only likes eating something sweet or baby food. We had him eating meatballs and chicken nuggets with ketchup (the only way to get him to eat), but now he hardly …

Q&A: How Many Words Should a 2 Year Old Say?

My child is two years, five months old male. He says words like, no, cup, please, mama, dad, bye, it broke (muddled) and does some babbling. He has also said outside, bath, and movie but not consistently. The other day he counted to three but I can’t get him to repeat this regularly. Our daycare provider thinks he is behind …

Q&A: How Many Words Should a 2 – 3 Year Old Say?

My daughter is 31 months and doesn’t say many words (about 15 at the most). She babbles a lot and points or pulls you by the finger and takes you to what she wants. She seems to have great comprehension; you can tell her to go get her pink shoes, for example, and she will do this. Could something be …

Q&A: 2 1/2 Year Old Not Talking A Lot

My daughter is almost 2 1/2 and she isn’t speaking very much. When you ask her questions, she will answer with head nods or pointing but she will rarely speak. She says words such as ma, da, and she will make some animal noises but she won’t mimmic or repeat anything. If she asks for something, she points, or gets …

Q&A: 21 Month Old Not Pronouncing Words

My son just turned 21 months. He is very active and “speaks” a lot with a wide variety of sounds but is not clearly pronouncing words other than “no” and “uh-oh”. He can communicate what he wants through pointing and grunting but again his lack of vocabulary has me worried. My niece is 3 months older than him and is …