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Old 06-05-2007, 01:40 PM   #1
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First words...what age?

I was recently looking at a milestone chart on I don't really pay much attention to what these things say since all babies develop at their own individual pace. But this month something really caught my eye!

8 months... it has listed in the mastered skills column (things that, according to their "experts," most babies can do at this age) "says mama and dada to both parents (isn't specific)."

Now, my son is very very vocal (has been since birth really), but he is not talking yet, just babbling. I don't care, I know his development is right on target, but it made me curious...

Are most kids really talking by 8 months???
At what age did your dc say his/her first word?

ETA: by first word I mean first discernable word that didn't just come out on accident...does that make sense? My son babbles all the time and says things like "mamamamama" and "dah-dah-dah-dah" and "bahbuhbah" a lot but he's not saying them *on purpose*, he's just baby talking and experimenting with different sounds...


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Old 06-05-2007, 02:12 PM   #2
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My DD said mama the first time when she was about 8 months old but I don't think she knew what it meant. I teach her sign language and the first time she signed back to me was when she was 11 months old.
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Old 06-05-2007, 02:15 PM   #3
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Nah, that's just an estimate. it actually depends on the individual child himself and the family situation (ie if more than one language is spoken, even if it's spoken by the sitter it can confuse them). The Kid actually babbled a couple of words by that time probly mamma and dadda but he didn't really start connecting what the word and the person had in common 'till later. He also has been taking his sweet time to talk. He knows the words, we'll hear him say them and then nada. nothing. He didn't really become very vocal until after he was 14 months and we still are working with him to speak. But then again, we're bilingual and I know that he's been understanding everything that he hears in both english and spanish. It's just a matter of him actually wanting to speak.
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Old 06-05-2007, 03:05 PM   #4
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My son is 14 mo now and I don't think he speaks (that he knows what it means). He doesn't babble much either. Sometimes he makes sounds like baba, mama, dada but I still don't think he knows what they mean.
But we're bilingual in the family so that might be different than 'normal' kids.
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Old 06-05-2007, 04:02 PM   #5
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My dd said Nana at 8 months. At 9 months she said baba.
Now at 10 months she can also say dada, mama and bad

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