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My older two kids were verbal from a very early age, and very aware of the world around them. by the time they were my current ds' age (16 months) they were both talking in sentences and had a real awreness of what was going on around them.<br><br>
Ds, though, seems so much more like a baby at this age than they did. He only has a handful of spoken words (I know that isn't unusual for his age), but also doesn't seem to understand nearly as much of what I say to him. My other two could follow easy directions (like, bring mommy the ball or put the doll in the box) and could answer questions like "are you hungry?" or "do you need a drink?" He also doesn't care for books, while my oldest was completely obsessed with them and my 2nd enjoyed the a lot as well. If I try to read to ds, he's likely to take the book and throw it, and although he has access to books at his level,he almost never looks at them. The only time he seems interested in them is when I'm reading to DD, and that's because he wants to climb on my lap and take it away.He does understand some things - like if I aak if he wants nummies or to go to bed, he starts ripping up my shirt <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> and if I say "yay!" he'll clap (also loves to clap when I sing "When you're happy and you know it").<br><br>
Anyhow, I guess I'm just wondering what other 16 month olds are up to. Do yours still seem like babies, or like toddlers?
 

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My DS was definately a toddler already at 16 months but from what I've read, all kids develop at different speeds until they reach 3 years of age. By that time the playing field has been leveled, as it were, and they are all pretty much on the same page. Hope this helps!
 

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thanks for the input <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I think part of it is just having a mellow personality. For example, he took his first steps about a month ago, and still isn't in any hurry to really walk. He's sort of like "eh? why bother?" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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That sounds like my third one. My older two were really interested in books from an early age and both read pretty early. #3 will be 3 in May and he is just now starting to really like reading. He doesn't know any letters yet either, the other two did by this age and could read a few words too.<br><br>
BUT my youngest can identify a lot of different cars and construction equipment and build with Legos way better than the older two could at this age. He's just got different interests and seems to be a lot more of a "hands on" type of person.
 

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My little guy is 13.5 mos. and he says about 30 words, follows instructions some of the time (when he wants to), and is very aware of everything that goes on.<br>
He doesn't seem to like reading, though. He just tears up the pages. My oldest and I have to wait to read until Luka can be occupied by his dada.
 

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Ds, though, seems so much more like a baby at this age than they did. He only has a handful of spoken words (I know that isn't unusual for his age), but also doesn't seem to understand nearly as much of what I say to him. My other two could follow easy directions (like, bring mommy the ball or put the doll in the box) and could answer questions like "are you hungry?" or "do you need a drink?" He also doesn't care for books, while my oldest was completely obsessed with them and my 2nd enjoyed the a lot as well. If I try to read to ds, he's likely to take the book and throw it, and although he has access to books at his level,he almost never looks at them. The only time he seems interested in them is when I'm reading to DD, and that's because he wants to climb on my lap and take it away.He does understand some things - like if I aak if he wants nummies or to go to bed, he starts ripping up my shirt <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> and if I say "yay!" he'll clap (also loves to clap when I sing "When you're happy and you know it").<br><br>
Anyhow, I guess I'm just wondering what other 16 month olds are up to. Do yours still seem like babies, or like toddlers?</div>
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That sounds like my dd, who is 15.5 months old. I think she does understand more than it seems like. I think she is only responding to what she wants to respond to, though. Sometimes she will do what I ask, and sometimes she won't. It depends on her mood. She has somewhere around 10 words or so, but does not consistently use them.
 

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my 17mo ds can say maybe two dozen words, but only a few consistently. he does however understand alot and will follow directions. he does not answer questions either. he babbles alot, and uses either a 'no' or 'aye' sound to refer to most things. sometimes he likes reading, sometimes not. he's recently developed an interest in drawing with crayons. but mostly he likes more physical things, like building towers with his legos or digging in the yard.
 

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My DD is very aware. At 16 mo, she knew loads of words and used them. However, her personality is such that she wants to be OUT in the world, preferably smiling and waving at everyone. A few hours after she was born, she turned her head to the helicopters landing on the hospital. At 6 weeks, she smiled and I could tell she wanted to be doing things she was not physically ready to do.<br><br>
I have a friend with a son who is about 15 mo and he is not walking and not talking. He seems, to me, like a VERY laid back baby. Temperments are soooo different.<br><br>
If you are worried, you can always check with a health care prof. It sounds like you have the feeling that this baby is different and more laid back than your others.<br><br>
Sometimes I wish mine was a little more...well babyish...I find myself missing those times now, so I guess I am trying to say enjoy this time if you can.
 

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Sounds like my son at a slightly younger age. He was always very physical and intensely interested in mechanical things, but not as interested in talking or social skills. At 14 months, he knew maybe 5 words (and never even said "mama"!), but he could remove and replace the lids on a set of tiny plastic boxes my mom gave me for beads (these boxes are less than 1 inch square).<br><br>
He seemed to take big developmental leaps both in talking and social awareness, though, and once it happened, he caught up fast. Now, at 22 months, he understands most of what we say and knows hundreds of words.
 

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At 16 months my ds was still very much a baby.<br><br>
At 13 months my dd is very much a big girl and no one in our house better forget it or they're sorry<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
In some ways ds still seems like a younger soul than dd, and he is almost 4. He is very bright academically but she is much more interactive and socially aware, and just seems to get things, like how to hold out her foot for a shoe or her arm for a coat.
 
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