What general age to babies say a first word?

Crystal - posted on 12/27/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My mother says 4 months but I am sure it's closer to 8/9 months that 'most' babies say a first word, I understand it's developmental, but I am sure there is a general consensus.. what is your experience?

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Renae - posted on 12/28/2009

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You are close, your mum is not :) LOL 4 months would be considered early. Its actually not a first word that happens at around 7 months (that's the average but normal range is 5-8 months), its a developmental stage where babies start saying consonant-vowel blends like ma-ma-ma, da-da-da, ba-ba-ba, ga-ga-ga, bo-bo-bo etc. Ma and da are the most common ones to start with and since we then respond as though the baby said mum or dad, they soon learn what those words mean. By 10 months most babies know the meaning of mum and dad plus one other word (doesn't have to be a proper word it just has to mean something - like "baba" for bottle is a common one). By 12 months most babies can say mum, dad, plus 2 or 3 other "words".

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Sarah - posted on 12/28/2009

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my son said dad at 5 months dan ( is big brother ) at 6 months but waited untill 10 months to say mum it drove me up the wall lol i used to sit going say mum mum mum say mum and he yell DAD or dadadada lol

September - posted on 12/28/2009

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Our son was about 6 months when he said dada and about 6.5 when he said mama. Then at about 7 months he said duck :) Now at 14 months he can say several words and can make at least 7 animal sounds. Such fun times :)

Maria - posted on 12/28/2009

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It really all depends on how often you talk to your baby. REAL words not that ga ga goo goo stuff. Four months is not impossible, my granddaughter start saying words at 5-6 months.

Natasha - posted on 12/28/2009

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my little one is now 6 months and his first word was dad and bub he started saying that at about 4 months. my gosh im spuin he said dad first.so yes your mum is right but all babies are different my other 2 boys,well codey didnt say anything till he was 7 months and kaylan was 6 months.they do things in there own time.

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