My little girl use to babble but suddendly has stopped around 11 mnths.
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Renae - posted on 03/22/2011
Most babies appear to go backwards with speech development between 12 and 18 months. Put very basically, speech and physical gross motor development compete for "brain space", when the baby is focusing on one the other gets left by the side for a while - physiological fact. She has not forgotten what she learnt, it just isn't what she is focused on developing right now. It will switch around again in a few months.
Jenni - posted on 03/22/2011
Some worfds of encouragement.... my son went through a phase around this age. From about 18-22 months. My son *never* babbled. But he did begin saying his first words around 12 months. Sometime around 18 months he only used 5 words regularly and a lot of words he use to say clearly became unrecognizable. When he was 12 months he said "Juice" as clear as day by 18 months it was "Ju" and then it became a grunt and a point. I think it's fairly normal for some children to regress in language. Of course if you are concerned it never hurts to speak to her pedia about it.
At 22 months-24 months my son went from using 5 words regularly to about 200. He knew every word for objects in his picture books even the harder ones like "lawnmower". In those two months he learned to identify every letter in the alphabet. One day I was counting to him, as I usually do, and out of no where having never counted before.. he counted all the way to 10 (skipping 7, but still pretty good for the first time). He also learned all of his colours in this time. He also began forming 3-4 word sentences.
So IMO he was taking this time to absorb language. Quietly listening and soaking it all in. :))
Just keep talking to her, singing to her, rhyming, pointing out objects in books and real life, counting, colours, letters. I really think that when children go through this stage it is the best time for teaching!! They are a quiet captive audience!
Louise - posted on 03/22/2011
If you feel she is not progressing with her language and that she has actually gone backwards then I would take her to the doctors and have her ears checked. This could be something really simple like wax muffling the sound in her ears. At 17 months language should be picking up and become alot clearer she should be saying at least 5 words by now. Go and get her checked just for peace of mind.
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