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My 17 month old doesn't say dada....should I be worried?

My little bot doesn't say dada yet! He says mama and a whole lot of other words! Just not dada! or daddy. Should I be concerned? Other words he does say are kitty, puppy, pickle, pancake, juice, up, bye-bye, etc. He does have a good vocabulary of words but he is my only one to ever not say dada! He even calls my husband mama too..we do correct him but still I just wonder...


Asked by insanemom3 at 6:29 PM on Dec. 15, 2009 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • Girl dont be concerned! my son didnt start saying dada til a few mths ago- and hes 22mths old. he will scream moma all day long, but "dada" he says so hes whispering it. lol. i have NOT heard him say it normal tone. Its wierd, but also so cute.

    Answer by JaydnsMom22 at 6:58 PM on Dec. 15, 2009

  • How about just PA for starters.

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:34 PM on Dec. 15, 2009

  • He could be calling you Dadada like my DS does.

    I think it will come in time. When he calls Dad by Mama, have dad not respond, no eye contact, etc.

    Answer by matobe at 6:35 PM on Dec. 15, 2009

  • i dont think its a big issue theres alot of kids who refuse to say certin words.. it time he will get it and realize that dada and mama are two different people but i agree with matobe When he calls Dad by Mama, have dad not respond, no eye contact, etc. kids crave attention and getting a responce like "nooo thats dada" might sound like "good job!!" to them when he doesnt get the reaction that he wants he will try a different way but do keep saying things like "go to dada, and dada's home" just to encourage him <3

    Answer by Magouirkmandi at 6:43 PM on Dec. 15, 2009

  • As long as he is talking and saying other words you don't have to worry. I have a two year old that is only saying about a dozen words and they are finally looking at getting him some language help.

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:44 PM on Dec. 15, 2009

  • LOL My 18 month old calls her dad "bugga" (she also uses bugga as grandpa and grandma). She has an incredible vocab, her pediatrician even commented at her 18 month check up that she is very bright and says a lot of words, she just don't like saying dad. She says other "d" words (doo-doo is one of her new fave words). Don't worry about it!

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:52 PM on Dec. 15, 2009

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