I have a 19-month-old son, and he is just now starting to walk, and he rarely talks. He knows about 20 words that I have heard him use, but he rarely uses them. I am home with him all the time, so he doesn’t seem to feel the need to speak, because I know what he wants before he tells me. And he doesn’t seem to feel the need to walk, because we live in a small apartment, and there’s not much distance to cover. Crawling seems to work for him, as it is.
Also, he was born with hypospadias. (Basically, his penis was folded under and the foreskin had grown over the whole thing.) He had surgery to correct this a year ago, and the doctors told me it would delay his walking and potty-training for a little while. Understandable.
I don’t want to pressure him, but I’m catching heat from the grandma. So, Doper parents, any ideas on how I can encourage him to talk and walk more? Or do I tell the grandma to lay off and let my son develop at his own speed? I’m trying to do what’s best for him, but I’m a little puzzled as to exactly what that would be.
Thanks in advance for any advice and/or help.