BaBy's first word!!!!

Ibiso Ngoba - posted on 05/23/2013 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My son is 13mnths old, he blabs a lot but I'm worried cause at 13mnths he hasnt started talking not even mommy. What can I do to help him? How do I teach him? Could it be because he was diagnosed and treated for meningitis when he was just 2mnths old?

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Kelsey - posted on 05/23/2013

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My 12 month old just woke up one morning and said ,'mama.' I had been working with him everyday to say 'mama' just by saying, 'mama is changing your diaper,' 'mama is making you dinner,' 'mama is cleaning.' I would just using the word over and over again. Then I would ask him, 'Can you say 'mama?' Several times a day. Eventually your son will pick it up. What may surprise you most is that they say a word that you haven't been using.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 05/23/2013

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Just keep talking to him. Hold a monologue all day long.

The more you jabber at them, the sooner (it seems) they start to jabber back :)

~♥Little Miss - posted on 05/23/2013

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Just repeat words to him regularly. Talk to him about everything you are doing...like narrate your day. He will start talking soon enough don't worry. Every kid hits mile stones at different ages.

Liezl - posted on 05/23/2013

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Don't worry, he will gradually start talking more and more this year. His babbling is his way of learning how to form the sounds and combine them for when he's ready to say more words. He understands a lot more than he says, so keep showing things to him and naming them (books are great for this); he will store the information for when his mouth is ready to form the words' sounds. You will find over the next few months that he understands and follows instructions a lot more, but it will take time for him to form the words. My son is 15 months and he understands instructions very well, but his spoken vocabulary is still limited. Play games with him where he repeats sounds after you like wawawa, yayaya, bababa, dadada, sasasa, rarara, papapa, lalala, yoyoyo, lololo, dododod, sisisisi, and so on. He will love this game and you're actually teaching him the different vowels and consonants without him even realizing!

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