1st word or just a sound, when did your babies say their 1st word?

Leeann - posted on 11/30/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I'm curious,

My daughter is almost 5 months old, yesterday she was crying when being held by her grandmother (normal, not even Dad can hold her without a screaming fit if she can see me) after a while she carmed down and stopped crying, we all think we heard her say mum, it sounded crystal clear.

Could it have been her 1st word or was it just a sound??

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Helen - posted on 05/02/2013

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It could have been her first word. Some babies start talking very early. Even if it was just a sound, it does no harm to react as though it was a word and repeat it back to them with a big smile.

I spent three weeks caring for my seven month granddaughter in an isolated place while her mum worked as a doctor and her dad was away organised a complicated move.

I was alone with the baby for most of the day and spent all my time interacting with her. We played, went for walks, fed the birds and played some more. To my surprise, Imogen was using words ( mum and dad, help, bye, ta, bird and dog). I believe I heard these first words because I was so focused on her. I gave her immediate reinforcement by repeating them to her . I took her to her mother three times a day to be fed and encouraged her to say hello and bye to everyone she met.

I would encourage you all to spend time talking to your babies face to face and to listen carefully! Reading books to them is very important too and can be started from birth.

Jane - posted on 11/30/2011

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My daughter very clearly said "Duck" and repeated it several times while reaching for her toy duck in the bath. She was 6 months old at the time. Her next, witnessed (and thus "official") words were at age 7 months, when the doctor tried to do a rectal temp on her and she hollered "No, no, no, Mama, up!" This is early, but the more time I spend with babies, the more I believe there is a lot more going on inside than most people think. I work with a lot of babies at church, many of whom have been taught to sign at very early ages, and they make sense. I suspect that motor control of the mouth and tongue may be what delays speech, not cognitive development.

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