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    Default DS doesn't call me mum/mummy etc.

    Hi all,

    Wondering if this is normal. DS is 23 months and doesn't call me mummy/mum.

    I think his language development is fine. He has bucket loads of words (at least 50-100 I would say) and will say sentences like "it's a black car", "it's a doggy", can sing almost all the words to twinkle twinkle little star and the alphabet song, and happy dog by justine Clark πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

    But he won't call me mum or mummy! He doesn't say it. He calls DP Mama. He knows I am mummy, but he won't call me anything. Do I just need to practise this with him? Is it weird that he isn't? He calls his cousins by their names, and my dad "Papi" and his Pop, "poppa".

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    Are you around him most of the time? My fella took awhile to say mummy or call for me, but would say daddy a lot or ask for daddy. I think I figured out it was because I'm usually always with him so I don't think he felt the need to call out for me? Once he started daycare, then he'd cry for me and that's when he started staying mummy a lot more.

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    I think it makes sense as he's with you most- he doesn't really have a need to name you as much. When we just had DS, DP and I mostly referred to him as a pronoun when speaking to each other, eg 'can you get his shoes' and when I took him to his 2 year health check he couldn't answer what his name was whereas DD certainly knows her name because we have to specify who we mean, if that makes sense?
    What does your DS say if he is with his mama and wants you instead?

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    Yep, he's with me full time. He knows who I am - If you say give this to mummy etc he will do, so he knows who I am. Maybe he just has no need to say it! I will work on him saying it more... "Ta mummy" etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FearlessLeader View Post
    I think it makes sense as he's with you most- he doesn't really have a need to name you as much. When we just had DS, DP and I mostly referred to him as a pronoun when speaking to each other, eg 'can you get his shoes' and when I took him to his 2 year health check he couldn't answer what his name was whereas DD certainly knows her name because we have to specify who we mean, if that makes sense?
    What does your DS say if he is with his mama and wants you instead?
    He says "hey!!!!!" And squirms away and runs to me. πŸ˜‚

    He knows his name is Toby but he couldn't answer that if someone asked him though!

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    Would he answer if you asked him what your name was?

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    Quote Originally Posted by smallpotatoes View Post
    Would he answer if you asked him what your name was?
    No... Because he doesn't say it. If he is whingy he will say mamamamamamama but that's about it.

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    Maybe he is trying to find a word for you. My DD never said it but then started calling me Teddy. It has stuck. I am Teddy to all my kids now

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    Do you think he could he be getting weirdness from anyone about having two mums?

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    Nope. I am certain it's got nothing to do with that. There's no one around him who would impart that on him, if he could even understand which at at not yet 2 I don't think he could.

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