16 month old talks in sentences, counts and picks out words in stories

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Ophuchi Mon 25-Jul-11 15:39:17

Hello. I'm new here and wondered if other mums have had children who have developed these skills so young. My 16 month old daughter talks very clearly in short sentences, can count and knows how many objects - not just saying numbers. She also started pointing at words in stories and telling me what they said at 14 months.

I only know 4 other mums with kids the same age, all of whom are non-verbal or only saying a couple of words and just want to know if my little one is within the normal range of development. One of the other mothers I mentioned thinks there might be something 'wrong' with my daughter. In my heart I feel she is 'normal' just quick mentally.

She also crawled at 14 months and walked at 16 months so not quick at everything whereas the other 16 month olds we know were all early walkers.

Also wondering whether me being at home with her all day one-to-one has an effect. Other 4 mums all work full time, kids in nursery.

Thanks in advance for any feedback.

merryberry Mon 25-Jul-11 15:44:54

Just wondering how you chose your username, new user Ophuchi?

Jajas Mon 25-Jul-11 15:47:02

Stealth Boasting I think you'll find it called on here grin!

Ophuchi Mon 25-Jul-11 15:47:09

It was one of the names George Lucas came up with when he was writing the Star Wars saga and he didn't end up using it but I kinda like it - got a nice ring to it smile

Ophuchi Mon 25-Jul-11 15:48:31

Sorry jajas, don't want to boast - that's why I'm asking on an anonymous forum!

nulgirl Mon 25-Jul-11 15:48:41

Stealth boasting AND a snipe at working mothers. Bravo.

michglas Mon 25-Jul-11 15:50:00

love your entrance there Opuhuchi - bragging much? wine

Jajas Mon 25-Jul-11 15:50:47

Ok, maybe you will be given the benefit of the doubt as you are new smile.

I would forget all about what your child and all the others can or can't do - it probably won't matter at all in 20 years time wink.

well the developmental guide or a 16 month old says 'By 16 months, your toddler will probably start making many common consonant sounds, such as t, d, n, w, and h. Learning to make these sounds is a watershed event, one that leads to the rapid vocabulary spurt that most children go through starting around 18 months. Don't expect to hear all these sounds in actual words yet. But you may hear him repeating them when he's alone in his crib or playing with his toys.'

so a 16 month old being able to read and count is freakishly advanced

what sort of sentences does she say?
what sort of words can she read?

BooyHoo Mon 25-Jul-11 15:52:22

it was your magical fanny. working mums dont have them. two different breeds of people you see. aren't you lucky.

Reality Mon 25-Jul-11 15:56:30

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Ophuchi Mon 25-Jul-11 15:59:58

Thanks for all your replies - love the one about the magical fanny! Yes, it won't matter in 3 years, never mind 20. Sorry if I offended anyone.

<<bows>> to booyhoo. Funniest response I've read for a long time.

Your DD is very bright OP. My eldest wasn't far behind and is still very bright.

Thats it though., she's bright. No biggie.

i am not offended
i am really really interested

can your baby read the words when they are taken out of context?

happymole Mon 25-Jul-11 16:07:28

I was interested until the smug 'I stay at home' comment

biscuit for you

Ophuchi Mon 25-Jul-11 16:10:42

I don't expect that she's gifted. There are no gifted people in my family however her father is a smart cookie. I just think she's developed a bit earlier than the norm mentally but not physically. To answer janitor's question she says things like 'want on the swing, mummy' 'daddy's socks are smelly - poo' and as for words she can pick out hello, bye-bye, burp, yuck and maybe 20 other words. We do all the normal toddler stuff but she just has a thing for stories so I read to her a lot.

TheSecondComing Mon 25-Jul-11 16:15:37

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Ophuchi Mon 25-Jul-11 16:17:05

She can recognise the same word in different stories if that's what you mean mildmanneredjanitor but i've never thought to write stuff down and ask her. I apologise to those who think I'm smug about staying at home - I'm not - it can be very lonely sometimes. I just think a child will come on faster if it has one-to-one attention be that from mum, dad, granny, childminder whoever. That is only my opinion though and you are all entitled to disagree.

Well, that's nothing. Mine had read the works of Tolstoy before his first birthday and compsed his first symphony at 14 months.

BelleEnd Mon 25-Jul-11 16:20:42

Thta's nothing. Mine could write in paragraphs by 16 months. And recite the entire periodic table. He is 6 now, and loves Tolstoy.

BelleEnd Mon 25-Jul-11 16:21:20

x-post Sheik grin Great minds eh- I know where our DCs get it now...

Mine is 6 too. He is not currently sat on the sofa chewing a cushion and watching Bear Behaving Badly. Oh no.

merryberry Mon 25-Jul-11 16:30:07

Oh, Ophuchi, you are being nice about the ribbing, well done. i did suspect trollism at first, but no longer, as a) your name reads phonetically o-fucky and b) it's a star wars reference and I thought, hairy handed geek boy troll

TheSecondComing Mon 25-Jul-11 16:30:20

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

OMG, secondcoming. I don't know how you can show your FACE round here.

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