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DS is 10mo, and has never pointed, waved, nodded, etc. I'm not concerned, but just wondering if any other moms have babes who are taking their time developing communication. I'm all gung-ho to do baby sign, but until he shows that he understands that gestures are a way to communicate, I'm not expecting much. Not sure when it will click for him, or if there's anything else I can help to facilitate it...
 

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First DD was slow to do any form of communication, but early in her physical (crawling, climbing, walking, etc) milestones. So far, second DD is the same, walking at 10 months, but no sign of clapping, nodding, pointing, etc.<br><br>
I'm not too concerned.. DD1 is now going on 4 and will not, for the life of her, be quiet!
 

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DS bangs on the table, and has recently started clapping and raising his arms for "up." He'll be 12 months in two weeks. No waving yet, etc. However I don't think he's especially "slow to communicate" - he's very expressive and has no trouble communicating... just not with those gestures... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">However I don't think he's especially "slow to communicate" - he's very expressive and has no trouble communicating... just not with those gestures... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"></div>
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My ds was similar. He is 14 mo now, and is waving and pointing, but not nodding. He, however, was *not* slow to communicate at all! He communicates very clearly in his own way, and understands seemingly everything we say. He can "get the ball" "give me the ball" "throw the ball" "give the ball to sissy" etc all day long (and not just balls <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">). He just began waving at 13 mo, but the first time he waved he added "Bye Bye", and he only waves saying "bye bye". Maybe he was just waiting until he could speak? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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DD has been super early to meet her communicating and fine motor skill milestones but she still isn't crawling or getting herself around anywhere. I wonder if there's a pattern there? Either your baby is "better" at the fine motor skills or "better" at the large motor skills?
 

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I've heard that too, but I don't think it applies to DS. He sat up pretty early (around 4.5mo), but didn't roll stomach to back until 5mo, back to stomach until 8mo, and just started crawling, getting from stomach to sitting, and pulling himself up at 9-10mo.<br><br>
He's also still working on his pincer grip - he still uses his fist more than his forefinger.<br><br>
He's also not much of a babbler - he does babble, but not all the time. He actually stopped while he focused on crawling and stuff, and is just starting up again. He does raise up his arms to be picked up, but as I said in my first post, he's never pointed, waved, nodded, etc.<br><br>
Anyways, I'm not worried - I'm actually enjoying that I get more "baby" time, because they do grow up so quickly. And I know each child reaches milestones at their own pace. I just wondered about other moms' experiences...
 

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My son is 11 months and does not wave, nod, or point, and just started clapping about a week ago. I didn't really think he was "late"
 

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Babes aren't really late unless they aren't pointing by a year. If that milestone is missed it's a flag for delays. FWIW, one of my boys pointed just a bit before a year. He was not a prolific babbler but he did babble. My other kiddo was a big babbler (that turned into a toddler and then preschooler who talks constantly) but didn't point until about 14 months. He didn't nod his head until almost four. He's got an autism spectrum diagnosis now. Not pointing by a year is <span style="text-decoration:underline;">supposed</span> to cause the pediatrician to refer for an autism evaluation. (Mine insisted my son was fine, too social, had too good of eye contact, etc.....um, yes he <span style="text-decoration:underline;">is</span> social, loving, and terrific and he's also autistic!)
 

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The twins were around 13 months old when they started waving and clapping. Caitlyn is 10 months old and has been clapping for a couple of months and started waving a week or so ago. Caitlyn has been doing stuff earlier than the twins but I think it is because she is trying so hard to do EVERYTHING they do. She is their lil shadow and if they do something you can bet she is going to do her best to do it as well<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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My son didn't wave for many months past his first bday. It used to bother me a little, I kept wondering why. He wasn't huge on clapping much either, and we never did take off on the baby signs. And he wasn't quick to give be people giant smiles. We used to joke about how he was born with his brow furrowed. He really was.<br><br>
I honestly can't remember when he pointed, but I feel like it was later than the books said he should.<br><br>
He's three now and not under-developed in any way. He wasn't into finger games as soon as his "peers" either, but he is very smart (Ok, he's average smart <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> ) However, he is somewhat introverted and not overly excitable. I think he just didn't feel like waving <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"><br><br><br><br>
BTW - that is an awesome baby pic!
 
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