10 month old stopped babbling

Jessica - posted on 09/14/2014 ( 1 mom has responded )

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My daughter started saying dada and mama around 6 months. She has been crawling since 7 months and is very communicative. She was saying mama and dada, baba, papa and nana. I've even heard her say hi and puppy. She never babbled a lot. She would just decide to do it for a few minutes then stop. In the last couple weeks she hasn't babbled at all. She makes a ton of noises using her mouth and hands, says one consonant like ba, ga, da, she claps, crawls, pulls up and is trying to walk. She is receptive to what we say to her; responds to her name, will come when asked and is always happy and laughing and squealing. But the stopping of babbling all together has got me worried. She is teething; she has 8 teeth. She has had two ear infections this year. Has anyone ever experienced this with their children? Should I be worried about a speech delay? She does love to interact with us and her older sister, but she seems to enjoy playing by herself more she's always crawling to get into something. She loves interaction though and will follow you if you leave the room. Could it just be her focusing on walking and other things?

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Carolina - posted on 09/14/2014

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Hi Jessica,
That's great the she is crawling and trying to do more! Active babies are super fun!
Babies develop at different speeds and sometimes they will regress when they have figured out a new skill. I wouldn't be too worried about it but I'm no doctor. Can you call up your doc and just ask if that is something to worry about?
She may not have the need to speak if all of her needs are met.
My brother (29now) didn't speak until he was 3! My mom took him to the doc, worried that he might be deaf. The doc asked how many kids she had, my mom said 2girls and him, then he asked how old the middle (me) kid was, we are 15months apart, and if I was spoiled by her. She thought about it and said "yeah kind of. If she is asleep, no noise can be made or she wakes up (and other ridiculous things that I have grown out of since). The diagnosis: My mom would try to keep my brother as quiet as possible so he never had to ask for anything, she would just give him whatever when he would make the smallest noise.
Long story long, sorry.
In conclusion, I am not spoiled, I no longer sleep well (I have a 2yr old) and I'm just kidding!
Really, in conclusion, when she does make a sound, encourage it. And ask your doc I it really is worrying you. That's why the are there. To help!

Good luck!

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