Hi all. This is my first time on the site and I'm a bit nervous so please forgive my rambling message. My issue may not seem to be that major but to me its taking over my life. My daughter is just over 17 months old and my pride and joy. She walked at 11 months, said mama at 6 months and dad at 9 months, she now says nana too. Not much else in the way of vocab at the moment but I'm not really too concerned about that. She imitates noises we make and she can clap and wave. She gives good eye contact and responds to her name most of the time (show me a 17 month old that responds all the time!!). She brings me toys/books to share with her and will sometimes sit on my lap while I read to her. She has no brothers and sisters but seems to interact with other kids of her own age or older well. I thought everything was fine until I read somewhere that not pointing was a big red flag for autism. I had no idea and when I thought about it I realised she had NEVER pointed. She shows no signs of pointing either. I then did some internet research (idiot) and read that tip-toe walking and not liking cuddles are also signs. She does both. However, even since a young baby she has never liked cuddles and would rather be running around or climbing on the settee/up the stairs than wasting time cuddling mummy or daddy. The pointing thing is my main issue though and I've become obsessed with pointing babies/toddlers. Everywhere I go I'm looking to see if little ones are pointing. Of course ALL of my friends toddlers are pointing while I'm trying to convince myself of the positive traits shes displaying. Is pointing really that important and does this mean she's autistic?? I never thought that pointing was so important. May be she's just a 'late pointer'?? I've been on about 200 internet sites and they all mention the P word. I've looked at way too many and am now convincing myself she has other symptoms - I can't get out of this cycle. If anyone is still awake pls, pls can you get back to me with your thoughts etc. Thanks for listening.