I'm driving myself mad with constantly checking up in my dd2's development. She turned 1 a few days ago and so far she's doing well- until I check the internet and I see that other 12 month olds are already saying words, understanding instructions (get the blue ball, get your shoes).
Dd2 has no words but babbles and screams out when she wants something, she knows her name and understands "come here", she follows pointing and sometimes points herself. She is a really good mimick, has been copying from 5 months, copies gestures and sometimes sounds. She waves when you say bye bye and hello. At times when you say hello she puts her hand on her ear as if it's a phone. She loves using my phone and pretends to talk on it.
Obviously because of dd1 dx, I will always be on edge, but is there anything else I should be doing with her?
Stupid question but do I need to be teaching her words or expect her to pick it up?
Normally developing children develop language spontaneously. Keep being a lovely kind Mum. Play with her and try to relax. (I know ridiculous of course you can't relax! I was EXACTLY the same with my youngest.)
I've no idea how I'm going to go through the next year without stressing over every little thing.
Do they babble all the time at 12 months? She seems to only say dada mama when she's fed and in her chair but around the house she's just on a mission to either kill herself (my crawling up the stairs or diving over the sofa) or emptying the drawers/toy box/cupboards but no babbling then.