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My son is going to be 10 months on the 4th and he does imitate when he wants to. He started waving and clapping at 10 months but doesnt do it on command. Should I be worried?

I just didnt know if mimicing on command should happen at this age or if it is an older skill?

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Asked by morrisonkm9 at 1:29 PM on Aug. 27, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Nope, that usually doesn't happen until over 12-13 months for some

    Answer by Jademom07 at 1:30 PM on Aug. 27, 2009

  • He is a baby, not a trained monkey.

    You may want to pick up a child development book at your local library. I recommend Touchpoints by T. Berry Brazelton or anything by Penelope Leach. Dr. Brazelton has a great website:



    Answer by rkoloms at 1:31 PM on Aug. 27, 2009

  • My daughter is 14 months old and is now mimicing what I tell her...such as give me a kiss, say hi or Bye, wave, clap. She is also able to follow simple commands I tell her, such as get the blanket, where's your bottle, get the book. Your son seems to be right on target, I wouldn't worry. Just keep teaching him and letting his little mind grow.

    Answer by mamaada at 1:33 PM on Aug. 27, 2009

  • Thanks I wondered if it was an older skill. The reason I thought to ask is my best friends LO will copy everything they do like blow kisses, wave, clap, and shake her head no. My LO does these things but more when he wants to not when I want him to ha. So seeing her do this made me wonder if he should be doing that!

    Answer by morrisonkm9 at 1:40 PM on Aug. 27, 2009

  • Maybe I should rephrase my question. I am not talking about say can you clap and he claps. I mean if I clap he copies me:) Like I said sometimes he will but more times than not he will just smile at me.

    Answer by morrisonkm9 at 2:10 PM on Aug. 27, 2009

  • My son was closer to a year before he really started imitating. Keep showing him how to do it and he'll catch on sooner than you know it ;-)

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:26 PM on Aug. 27, 2009

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