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    Default First word?

    How do you know when baby has said he's first word?

    At a very early age of 3-4 months he started saying mumum mummum..... but everyone dismissed it cos they said it was too early then at about 6 months he did it again but also started doing dadada. After awhile he stopped that too. Now since yesterday he's being doing mumum again. Does it finally count? Did any of the others count?

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    I count the first word as being when they use the same word for something repeatedly. For instance, my dd says 'dee?' or 'waya waya?' (water) everytime she wants a drink, so I count those as words, but all the other times when she says something unintelligible, I don't count it yet, because I can't relate it to anything she regularly says/asks for. Does that make any sense? Clear as mud? Lol.

    Or when they are saying mumum and pointing to you, or in reply to a question like 'who is this?' But I personally wouldn't count baby's first babbling as words, even though it's usuAlly dada or mumum or nannan.

    You can kind of tell when they start talking, there really is a distinction between trying to communicate and just playing with their mouths (well, with my kids anyway).

    Keep talking to her, they learn so quickly!

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    It's hard to say..

    Mumum is general baby garble that can be 'accidental', the same with dadada. My nephew said both of these things as a little baby, but he is profoundly deaf and does not speak.

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    DS was very vocal from early on, like 3 months, practicing his sounds. But his first word wasn't until he was 11 months when he said "bird" while pointing to a dove.

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    I counted DD's first word as "up" as it was the first word she said consistently in context. She babbled mummummum, dadadada and nananan much earlier but they weren't used in context.

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    Wow it actually does make sense. Sorry first time mum and I haven't had much experience with kids. He needs to look at me and say mum because its me... then it counts!

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    In speech path, mumum and dadada are to do with development of mouth movement skills (these sounds are some of the first we are able to make) so just remember, every time your baby makes a new sound, it means they are developing new skills . Even though it may not be 'words', I still think its pretty exciting (but then I love speech pathology lol!).

    FYI I'm not actually a speech path, wish I was though XD

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    DD's first proper word, used in context was "bubble". I'm not too sure how old she was. She could say mummma and daadaa and that was very exciting but it was something extra special when she pointed at the bubbles coming from a bubble machine and said "Bubble! Bubble" all on her own.

    It's such an exciting time when they start to talk

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    My DS used to also say mumumumumum at that age (so cute hey!) but he's now 18 months and is starting to practice repeating words when I say them to him. When I say 'Mum' or 'Mummy' he says 'ummma' which is very different to how he used to say mumumumum.... which leads me to think he was just babbling before whereas now he is actually learning how to talk.

    The only words he seems to be able to say really well at 18 months are 'apple' (apppoooo) and 'ta', 'mum' (ummma) and 'dada'. He chats a lot though!


 

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