How to get your Toddler (In my case, mine is 2 1/2) to call you Mommy

Debbie - posted on 06/28/2013 ( 1 mom has responded )

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My son is 2 and a half now and has some speech delays. He doesn't call me Mommy. He knows that mommy is here to pick him up from daycare, but has never called me mommy to my face.
How can I help him? Its heartbreaking.

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Evelyn - posted on 06/28/2013

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What does he call you? Does he have some sort of name he uses for you? The only way to get your child to call you mom, mama, mommy or something akin to that is to repeat that name when you talk to him or her such as:

"Come to Mommy."

"Give Mommy a hug."

"Mommy wants to see you eat that carrot."

Talking normally to your child is important during the growing years no matter if they have speech delays or problems or none at all. It teaches them how to understand what you say though the words may not be understood completely. Also use gestures to get the message across. You can also learn sign language as well to talk to your child if you have the time to learn it. Children generally pick the name they will address mom, dad, grandparents, siblings, and others by. Its whatever they can say the easiest though it may not sound like the name.

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