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Raye - posted on 01/28/2016
Don't be upset if she doesn't say "mama" yet. She's not intentionally trying to hurt you. She's still learning and soaking up all the words and speech around her, and filing the information away for later use. Even if she doesn't say many words clearly, she can probably communicate her needs with gestures (holding her arms out so you'll pick her up), sounds, and body positions, such as turning her head away from something she doesn't want. So, don't worry too much.
Encourage her to keep trying new words by labeling as many actions and objects as you can. Use clear, simple speech, and an "adult" voice. Talk about where you're going as you strap her into her car seat. While you're at the grocery store, tell her what you're looking at ("Let's get some bananas," or "Here's the milk"). Talking to your child, even if she can't fully respond, makes her feel like she's a part of what's going on around her and makes her want to participate in the conversation.
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