C.C. asks from Mason, OH on March 05, 2009
I took my 6 month old to the Dr. yesterday and everything checked out great. One of the questions she asked was "Is he babbling"? I immediately said yes and on to the next question.... After the appt. I got home and began thinking more about it. Is he really babbling? He's squeling and and gurgling but no real sounds like "da,da,da"... I got out my other two children's baby books and both say that they were saying "da,da,da" at 6 mos. My baby will be 7 mos next week... should he be saying these constanant sounds by now? He recognizes his name, he communicates well, and is noisy with squeals... but should he be further along at this point?
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Thanks to all you busy moms that took the time to respond to my request! It helped to put my mind at ease! I am going to relax and enjoy my baby's squeals and gurgles! :) Thank you
C.S. answers from Cincinnati on March 06, 2009
My daughter did that (13 years ago) and my doc told me not to worry until she's about 9 months old. My daughter mostly grunted. We self tested her for deafness. She got to 9 months and was still not babbling. I called the number my doc gave me and when they returned my call the next day, dd was sitting there going "da-da-da-da", ba-ba-ba-ba", etc. Haven't had any problems since. She just wanted to do it on her own terms (a trait that is still with her today).
N.N. answers from Columbus on March 06, 2009
My third child didn't start "talking" as soon either. She had 2 older sister to talk for her. Everyone talked to her in baby talk also, which doesn't help. If he's not saying 10 words by the time he's one, then you should notice. My third one wasn't and the dr. worried, but I knew she was fine. She's now 25 months and won't stop talking. She can and will say anything. Its so funny that we spend so long trying to teach them to talk and waiting for the day. Then when it gets here, we don't get a moment's peace!
K.P. answers from Fort Wayne on March 06, 2009
Hello, the first thing to remember that all children do not do everything the same way and the at the same time. I bet you are a good mom but don't worry if he isn't on the same schedule as his siblings. smile I just did
M.C. answers from Youngstown on March 05, 2009
My daughter is 7 months old and she does the same thing. She grunts and screams, and will do like a "mmmmmm" sound but no real words. No mama, no dada. I keep waiting for it, but not yet. I am not worried about it. I figure it will pop out of her mouth when she is ready. She was crawling at 6 months and now at 7 months she stands on her own so I think she will be an early walker. She is meeting all her other milestones, so talking will come eventually. Your son sounds just fine. My Sister in law has a 9 month old boy and he just said his first word (dada) about 2 weeks ago. Every child is different. Sounds like your son is healty and happy. Don't worry! Good luck!
S.H. answers from Cincinnati on March 06, 2009
my guess is he's FINE. if by 9mo or a year he still isnt saying anything, you could ask about it again.
my daughter is talking now, but during that first year she didnt say much. the reason?
she has a VERY talkative older brother and she couldnt get a word in edgewise! one day my son was off at grandmas and we had her alone... lo and behold she started making tons of sounds, playing, and exploring in ways she had never had the freedom to do before.
give him some time. and make sure he's getting time without the older sibling to explore and practice. rather than having everything communicated for him, or being interrupted.
E.W. answers from Cleveland on March 06, 2009
First girls are different than boys. Girls talk sooner. Two it sounds like you never noticed it before the doctor so I would guess you felt like he was developing okay before that. I think doctors just ask routine questions to document a baby's progress. Autism is so much in the news and parents are so worried of having child like that, that I'm sure by asking specific questions as babies grow they are able to look back on all their documentation and determine if a child fits that category. At your child's age it is hard to diagnose that but at 2 years old it would be easier. SO don't worry and enjoy your child AND DON'T COMPARE HIM TO YOUR OTHER CHILDREN. Younger children are different than older children. I have 4 kids and they are all different and also remember if you and your spouse are not talkers don't be surprised if your child is not a talker. Relax and enjoy.