How can I teach my eight month old other words besides da-da and ma ma occasionally ?

Candi - posted on 06/23/2013 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My daughter is eight months old and she says Da-da and sometimes ma ma but I want to help her vocabulary expand , what can I do ? She's very advanced she can clap , crawl , tries to stand up(she pulls her self up on things and then lets go) , plays peek a boo , She's been holding her head up since she was a newborn . So I know she can learn but the other problem I have is that she is so active I can't get her to sit in one spot when I'm trying to teach her something because she is constantly moving , I'm a first time mom so I'm having a little difficulty .

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Don't feel horrible! You're just trying to do your best!! I did the same thing with my little guy--he was walking all over the place at 8 months, but hadn't met any of the "8 month milestones", so I went into overdrive trying to teach him. He eventually did all the rest. He's 8 years now, and sometimes I still fall into the trap of pushing him too hard, but I know what to look for now, and I can rein myself in and let off. Some of us just have that personality--we want to be working toward a goal at all times. I know if I don't have a goal in mind, I sometimes feel very lost and don't know what to do, but having J has helped me relax and just enjoy moments when I'm not "working" and am just playing.

Anyway, as for how to teach her, I second Little Miss--just let her play & talk to her. Babies and toddlers learn best through play. Exploring and discovering things in their environment helps them to develop different areas of the brain. It will help her with memory, problem solving, spatial understanding, coordination, and many other skills that are essential for learning the more academic things. Talk to her all the time--doesn't even matter what you're saying. If you are loading the dishwasher, you can sing-song about every little move you make (this will make her happy & she'll probably sit on the floor and smile or laugh at you). After a while, she'll start to mimic your sounds and movements. It's fun to watch her grow, just relax :)

~♥Little Miss - posted on 06/27/2013

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Don't feel horrible. You are being a great momma, just don't put so much pressure on yourself or her! Every 1st time momma goes through this stuff. I was totally thinking I was doing something wrong cause my first never crawled, and started walking at 14 1/2 months. Also, he was a bit delayed in talking, but it was nothing to be concerned about. All kids hit mile stones at different ages, they are just there for a guide really. Some kids will be ahead of the game, and others behind. They all seem to even out at about 3 years old.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 06/23/2013

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Slow down. She is only 8 months old. She is totally on the right track. Right now she is just practicing her sounds. Teach her with her surroundings, not keeping her in one spot. Like I said, she is only 8 months old. Her attention span is all over the place, as it should be, just simply discovering the world around her.

Always talking with her, telling her what you are doing, (pretty much narrating your day in simple terms) reading to her, and singing will help her. Don't burden yourself or her with lofty expectations. She is not going to be giving you full sentences at 9 months no matter what you do. After 12 months she will start grasping more words. Stop pushing her and let her learn on her own terms.

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Candi - posted on 06/26/2013

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Okay thanks and your completely right , I feel horrible I didn't realize I was being pushy with her . I read and sing to her on a daily basis , I guess I just felt like I wasn't doing something right .

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