How can I motivate her to call me Mommy?

Michelle - posted on 06/23/2011 ( 3 moms have responded )




My daughter, Red, is one year 5 months. She only babbles words, I think that is fine at her age, but she couldn't call me Mommy. How can I motivate her to call me Mommy? I swear it is a heart ache, because she often call her Daddy, or Papa, but never Mama or Mommy.


Carly - posted on 06/23/2011




That "M" sound is hard for a baby to make. The dadadada and papapa sound is much easier, because it requires a different movement of the mouth, one they are used to making especially while actively bottle or breastfeeding, it's a more natural tongue position, if you will.

One big thing you can do is refer to yourself as Mommy all the time, in the 3rd person. Don't say, give me a smile, walk to me- say give Mommy a smile, walk to Mommy. Someone else pointed this out in a post I read and I think it's just the best advice ever. We always say "me" and not Mommy, so they never hear 'Mommy' except from Daddy or other people. They think our name is "me"!


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Susan - posted on 06/26/2011




I agree with Carly. I also read something similar that pronouns are very difficult for children to understand and they recommended you always refer to yourself as mommy/daddy/etc. and the child by their name. My daughter is almost 3 and I remember her getting you and me mixed up all the time and I realized what a hard concept that is to teach. I refer to her as "you" and then she would refer to herself as "you" also. She's figured it out now, but it takes time. Unfortunately, most babies will learn dada first because it is easier to say. My daughter did. When my daughter finally started calling me mommy, it really sounded like "Mahi" for the longest time. Just keep calling yourself Mommy and I'm sure she'll pick it up. Children love to repeat us, even on some of the not-so-nice things we might say :)

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