first words

Erinn - posted on 03/12/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )




At about what age do babies normally start saying their first word? My daughter is 4 months old. When should she start saying mama or dada?


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Jolene - posted on 03/12/2009




They usually start around 6 months with the dada and mama babbling. My daughter started saying actual words and meaning to say mama and dada when she was around 10 months.

Carrie - posted on 03/12/2009




My son said "nana" for banana when he was 5 months at 13 months he says, Dada, woof woof, and mama when he's upset...I have been hoping that more words will come soon...right now he just points and uses a few hand signals...I have been told my many mothers that he is right on schedule...of course secretly i was hoping that he would be speaking in full sentences by now..LOL. Just keep saying words, describing things and narrating what you are doing...My son may not be saying much now but he follows directions and knows exactly what things are when i say..." go to your room and get mommy a book" he gets right up and follows my directions. They are little sponges so keep up the chatter. Your little one will surprise you soon!


Julie - posted on 03/12/2009




some children start early sounding words or babbling,it will sound like word or letters you should always alkto her about whats going on and allow her to talk back like ur holding a normal conversation pausing to answer and listeing,my son was 2months  when he started by 14 month saying a reconised word,and at 18 months he said thank you,dont worry if she doesnt say anything there is different times for all children that dosnt mean that she isnt  learning but some childrten dont talk at all then say a whole sentence at once like my daughter ,hopoe this helps ,let me know how u get

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my son said 'da-da' at 9 or 10 months, 'ma-ma' came a little later and now at 15 months, he says 'uh-oh' 'hi'/'hey' 'ba' and will try to repeat words we say to him. i completely agree with Lisa, you need to speak to your child like an adult and dont use baby talk. when people try to talk to my son like a baby...and even my husband does is sometimes, i get irritated and politely ask them to speak to him like he's an adult. i dont want him to grow up talking like a baby!

Amanda - posted on 03/12/2009




not yet!!!

you are wise to pay attention to your childs language development. A language delay can mean a possible learning disability or speech and language problem...good job for paying attention! (my daughter who is 20 now...said apple juice, mama etc. at 8 mo. this is rare. My youngest child age 15 didn't talk at all until he was at least 20 mo. this was a lang delay

Lisa - posted on 03/12/2009




My daughter's first words came around 9 months I guess and she hasn't stopped talking yet - she's 13 years old!  LOL!  But every child is different. 

But as a side note, it's very important to speak to them as you would an adult so that they learn the proper way to speak and pronunciate words.  Much easier than correcting "baby" talk later!

Relax and enjoy your newborn!  Congratulations!


Nichole - posted on 03/12/2009




I swear my son starting saying "mama" when he was a little over 6 months old.  But I might of just been wanting to hear him say it so badly...that I convinced myself that he was saying it.  He said it a few times and then not much again after that for serveral months.  I think he was about 10 months old when he was "for sure" saying Mama and Dada and associating us along with saying it.  But you know every kid does it at their own pace.  My little guy is almost  18 months  now and is saying a whole hand full or words now...but he also will only say them...when HE wants to say them. 

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