I took my 9-month-old to her well-baby on Friday and everything was up to par except that the doctor was concerned that she isn't babbling yet. She coos and ahhs and makes all kinds of noises. She tries to sing along with music and she laughs and squeals, but she doesn't "babble". She uses no consanants. There is no "mama" or "dada" or "baba". Pedi said this is only a minor flag for now, but if there is still no real speech by one year, we should be concerned. Our instruction now is to read baby books to her more often. His fear is that she cannot hear. I KNOW that she can hear. She answers to her name, she stops at the word "no", she startles at loud noises, she tries to sing along with music, she wakes up when she hears my neighbors motorcycle. There is no way there is a hearing issue.
But I'm still worried. The doctor made me feel like I'm doing something wrong. Has anyone else had this problem?
Answer by MamaDiane at 10:07 PM on Apr. 19, 2009
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Answer by Anonymous at 9:16 PM on Apr. 19, 2009
"Dont listen to your doc your baby will learn when there ready they told me the same with my son and hes talking now that hes 22 months.. ever baby is different." That very well may be true.... BUT it doesn't hurt to have an early diagnosis. I know from personal experience with this.
Get an ABR or similar test sooner rather than later. If the test comes back good, then your all set and can wait it out until she starts to babble in her own sweet time. BUT if the test comes back showing that there may be a hearing issue, you can get her help now! Why wait till she is 2 or 3 years old like some of the other posts say?
Answer by VeronicaLee at 9:22 PM on Apr. 19, 2009
Your baby sounds totally normal to me. My babies all started talking later than most - and not for lack of being talked to, hearing talking, being read to, or anything else... some babies just talk later than others. Mine walk early and talk late, and by about 2 or 2 and a half they've completely caught up in speech.
One thing you might want to try is baby sign - using sign language with infants can give them a way to communicate while they're learning to talk -- and it doesn't cause them to not talk - babies who use sign actually often begin talking earlier, because they have a better understanding of two-way communication. I think mine would have talked even later had we not done sign... it seemed to spark a realization for them, like a lightbulb going off.
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