Is there a better place to post this? I can't remember where 1+ baby questions are supposed to go.
My son is 16mo old and I'm worried that he isn't speaking as well as he should. He usually grunts and points to get what he wants, instead of trying to sound out words. He can't say no, ball, dog, bye bye, mine or many other common ones. He knows mom and dad well, and has said three other words (hot, tree, and ice), but only one time.
On a daily basis, we do lots of object labeling, reading books, work on flash cards, etc. I feel like we work harder on these tasks more than most parents I know, but get less results. I'm really trying not to keep comparing him to others, but I'm curious how common this is.
Before age 1, he watched zero TV, but now we watch Your Baby Can Read once per day. He can definitely "read" some of the words and will perform the action before it's spoken, but has never attempted to say them.
He's an only child and I'm a SAHM, so he doesn't have much interaction with other children (just play dates 1-2/per week and church nursery on Sun).
I've been told that he has more patience and a longer attention span than most other kids his age. He can easily get most knob puzzles, so I don't think he is "slow", just not interested in speaking.
TIA for commenting... I've really been worried about this and plan to discuss with the Dr. at our 18mo checkup.