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Is my 7mo developmentally delayed?

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Lm604 Fri 24-Feb-17 01:27:40

Seems like my 7m old baby does very little in comparison to other babies his age. 

Here is what he's like: 

-very quiet and doesn't babble (shouts, "sings", gurgles and blows raspberries ONLY in his crib)
-stares at toys before touching (but ONLY when he is on his back, SOMETIMES when sitting, NEVER during tummy time)
-makes eye contact
-doesn't feed himself
-tracks objects and faces
-smiles a lot with me and husband
-sometimes smiles at new faces
-rarely ever laughs 
-bears little weight on legs
-sleeps and naps well
-rolls front to back
-easily comforted by being held
-responds to his name 
--sits unassisted (still have to put a pillow behind him in case he falls backwards)

He is also very sensitive and does not do well in loud groups. I end up having to hold him the entire time because he cries when I put him down. He is like this regardless of whether he is well rested or not. 

Did any one of you have babies like this? How did they grow up to be like? 

I hate that I am comparing my baby to other babies, but it really sucks seeing and hearing all the other babies do new things while mine seems to lay there and be content sucking his thumb looking out the window.

BearGryllsHasaBigRope Fri 24-Feb-17 01:47:06

He sounds like a perfectly normal 7 month old to me. All babies are different, the range for normal is huge and it sounds like he's well within it.
As for baby groups, some babies just hate them. He may prefer them when he's older. It could be that it's a bit over stimulating for him at this age? Or perhaps he just prefers your arms to being by himself grin
I think every parent worries about their child's development at some point but I suspect you'd know if there was really something amiss. To me he sounds absolutely fine. flowers

NoMudNoLotus Fri 24-Feb-17 01:52:36

He sounds like you're all doing just fine 💐.

It may be that he is a sensitive soul ... nothing wrong with that!

Do not let yourself be drawn into the competitiveness of other mothers - at the end of the day none of them will be wearing nappies or drinking out of sippy cups when they turn 18 😊.

Enjoy your little boy x

NoMudNoLotus Fri 24-Feb-17 01:59:22

PS my DD who is 11 now and a very happy girl , hated baby groups. She used to cry throughout and refused to be put on the floor.

Some babies are comfort seekers more than others. And that's fine .

He's also at an age now where seperation anxiety kicks in so that will be something to factor in.

He sounds like a contented baby OP.

Lm604 Fri 24-Feb-17 04:29:33

This was my first post in Mumsnet. Thank you so much for replying!

I agree that it's not good to get caught up in competitiveness with peers. I just want to know that my baby is on the right track with development. Who knew that this little baby can make me love and worry so damn much!

user1477282676 Fri 24-Feb-17 04:36:34

Yes I agree that he sounds totally normal! They all have their own little personalities and getting to know them can be quite surrising at times. I always expected my children to be very shy like me and when they weren't I was shocked and sometimes even embarrased at their behavour...which I now see was normal!

One of my DD's hated crowds when she was a baby...she's 12 now and loves them!

Inneedofaholiday2017 Fri 24-Feb-17 04:42:23

Totally normal in terms of development - he just might have a quiet/introverted personality.
Does he reach for toys?

Inneedofaholiday2017 Fri 24-Feb-17 04:44:15

Ps why don't you put a few pieces of finger food on his tray at meal times to encourage self feeding? Stalks of broccoli good or those puff baby snacks?

Lm604 Fri 24-Feb-17 05:18:30

User1477 - thank you! I'm glad your child likes crowds now.

InNeed - he does reach for some of his hanging toys on his play gym. And when he is sitting up, he loves batting at a certain toy. He just doesn't seem to be as curious and grabby as other babies. I see him staring at toys but most of the time he doesn't actually make an effort to grab them.

I have tried leaving finger foods on his high chair tray but he doesn't seem to be interested. When he eats, he puts his hands on his legs or on the tray, leans forward and opens his mouth. Apparently I didn't feed myself until I was a year old so maybe laziness is genetic.

Rainbowqueeen Fri 24-Feb-17 05:37:46

He sounds like a completely normal lovely little baby.

I think everyone tends to focus on the things their LOs can't do - I bet some of the other mums moan about their little non sleepers and are totally envious of you!!

Applebite Fri 24-Feb-17 12:08:13

he sounds just like my friend's baby at that age. DD was chatting up a storm, and he was staring silently at us. as soon as my friend put him in his crib, we heard him on the baby monitor... bababadadadgagabababagaaahahahahaha!

He's 15 months now and much more vocal. Your baby sounds lovely, OP.

Inneedofaholiday2017 Fri 24-Feb-17 16:16:47

Oh that's cute he feeds like that! Like a little baby bird..! Better than constantly trying to snatch spoon out of hand!
He might just be a watching/listening type child. He certainly doesn't sound delayed.

Lm604 Mon 27-Feb-17 02:56:02

Thanks, all. You are all very sweet.

beth5657 Mon 27-Feb-17 10:32:06

The thing to remember as well as the milestones at one/two/three weeks can be fairly similar for different babies ... but as they get old they will spread out more

You might end up having a chatty baby at 12 months, who isn't that mobile. Or the other way around...

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