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

Leeann - posted on 11/30/2011 ( 10 moms have responded )

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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 sounds crystal clear.

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

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Bernadette - posted on 12/01/2011

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my kids were making the mumumum and dadadad sounds around this age, but I didn't really consider to be a "word" until they used it in context. I can't remember what age my daughter started using them in context but if she'd be with me and I was doing something she didn't like (such as washing her hair) she'd cry "Dadadada" and if she was with him and wanted me it was "mumumum". She said her first "proper" word (Teddy) at about 8 months. I think even Mummy and Daddy came after this, although like I said she was using the sounds in context long before then. My son is doing it now, and he is 7 and 1/2 months. Still not 100% sure if he's using them in context though, or if it's coincidental that he seems to be saying "mumumum" when he's trying to get my attention. I think he is starting to realise though, because it's happening a bit too often to be coincidental. Listen out for her and see if it happens again. If she starts to do it regularly, then chances are she is meaning to say it and it's not just a sound. If it was a one-off, or if she just does it randomly even when not trying to get to you, she is probably just learning the sounds and they will later become the words.

Jenni - posted on 12/01/2011

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My daughter use to say: "Ma ma mum!" when she was hungry around this age. Now I don't think she was actually referring to me as "Ma ma mum". But it was just the sound she made when she was hungry. I'm not sure I would have considered it her first word. It's a fairly common sound babies make. Words/sounds usually don't hold much meaning until around 8-9 months. I think this is the earliest age where they can relate the sound to the object or person. Of course that didn't take away from how darn right adorable and endearing it was hearing her chime "ma ma mum!" at me when she needed me to feed her.



Personally, and this is just me... I don't consider "ma ma" or "da da" (as well as variations of those sounds) to be first words. They are usually babble and indiscriminate. I know it's exciting and all, waiting for that first word. I guess I'm just not one to jump the gun.



I consider my daughter's first word to be "duck" at around 10 months. She would point to or hold up ducks and walk around saying "duck duck duck duck". In my experience with my 3 children, once the mastered their first word... they usually learned 4-5 more within the same time frame. With my daughter it was "duck" and then "ba (everytime we'd take a bath), "cat", "up" and "cup" came within the same month or two.

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Melinda - posted on 12/02/2011

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My oldest said "da-da" at 3 months. Dozens of friends & family members witnessed her saying it. By 5 months she haf a vocabulary that included 7 words. My youngest spoke her first word at 5 months. I think you heard your baby's first word.

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my son "babbled" mumumumumum from about 4mths. my daughter says hello, hi, boo and bub, and she is only 6mths old.

Bernadette - posted on 12/01/2011

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also, like Jenni said, it's a pretty common sound for babies to make when they are hungry! It uses the same mouth movement that mimicking eating does, so it is very common for babies to use this when they are showing you they want to eat. Especially since we will feed them and go "num num num".

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That was about the time I heard our daughter say muuummm and was obviously wanting me. But I'm not so sure it was intentional as she didn't say it again for 2 months and then started saying it more regularly. I think it was more making noises around 5 months. But you'll know if she starts doing it more :D

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It was most likely just her practicing, but you never know. Mine said ducky around 6 months or so. I was holding her in one arm and had her duck in my other hand.

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I remember hearing my daughter say "ma ma" around 4 months. I didn't count it as her first word though. They are practicing all kinds of sounds right now. I counted it when she said it intentionally. When she looked at me and said "ma ma" and looked at my husband and said "da da." One of her first non- mama/dada words was squirrel. Hilarious to listen to a baby try to say such a hard word. We have lots of squirrels that come play on our deck which is how she became interested.

Julie - posted on 11/30/2011

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my family and me swear my son said hey at 4 months when i shifted and he lost his latch on my nipple so. i say it could be a word.

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