Talking at 6 months - is this even possible?

(77 Posts)
alandimi Mon 26-Jan-09 08:46:03

My exP's mother swears exP was talking (actual words not dada, mama etc) at 6 months old and that by 1 year he was managing sentences and having conversations. Is this even possible? I don't think I've ever come across a baby that could hold a conversation at 1. And so now when we go round to see her she asks if my dd will be talking soon - she's 4 and a half months!!

sarah293 Mon 26-Jan-09 08:48:51

I've heard mama and dada but never real words that young. I doubt the brain has developed that much.

Paperchase Mon 26-Jan-09 08:49:56

It is very common for the older generation to have lost their marbles a poor recollection of when their child did what.

6 months?

I very much doubt it. 3 word sentences not uncommon at 12 months.

Soon, she will tell you your exP was potty trained at 14months and could read and write at 2.

Smile and nod.

XH's grandma swears that her 4 were potty trained at 6 months!

They seem to lose their recolections of time when they get past a certain age I think.

I am not being mean BTW - his grandma was the only nice member of the family!

LIZS Mon 26-Jan-09 08:53:03

Simple sounds maybe but tbh it sounds more like a selective memory lapse to me ! She'll swear he was potty trained by a year too , you wait.

Paperchase Mon 26-Jan-09 08:58:12

Oh - when I say 'uncommon', I actually mean 'not unheard of.'

Not very common to be putting words together at 12 months, really.

You may like to start responding with a cheery laugh and say "Oh, they're all the same at five" whenever she starts on the 'hasn't she done x yet?"

alandimi Mon 26-Jan-09 08:59:51

Hmm, my mother doubts it too! ExP is very clever but I didn't talk until I was 3 so I doubt my little dd will be holding a debate any time soon!

Bonkers!

lindenlass Mon 26-Jan-09 09:05:51

I doubt it! I can't see how on earth a baby of that age can have enough control over his muscles in his mouth to make them say words!

Some older people do have rather a skewed memory sometimes...

seeker Mon 26-Jan-09 09:41:35

My dd was saying proper words at 9 months - and putting them together in at 10 months. Nobody believed me - then she pointed at a Christmas tree and said "LOOK! Pitty lights!" in the presence of 10 witnesses when she was 11 months (on her dad's birthday so I know exactly when it was) She went on to be a very articulate, fluent talker - but has never been more than averagely bright, so it doesn't actually mean anything except that this was a particular hoop she jumped through very early. It was huge fun, though!

SIL claims my dneice said first words at about 6mo (all gone, ta etc.) she probably did as she was very advanced with language.

ds could definitely say cat at 9mo and had quite a few words and animal sounds by a year.

dd1 was 18mo before any words passed her lips!

kittybrown Mon 26-Jan-09 11:07:50

My ds said words at 6 mths we dismissed it at first but he would point to pictures of balls in books and say "boll" as well as a few others. He was a very fluent sentence talker by around 16mths. He was unsual but we thought nothing of it as our friends dd was just as fluent at the same age.
So I know it's possible just a bit unusual.

lijaco Mon 26-Jan-09 12:08:40

smile and wave boys !

RockinSockBunnies Mon 26-Jan-09 12:10:34

I did once know a child progidy that could read The Times fluently at around 15 months. Both his parents were total brainiacs and obviously their son was gifted in the extreme!

But other than that one child, I've never come across any others like that.

lijaco Mon 26-Jan-09 12:11:27

I dont think that 16 months is unusual my ds is that age now and talking really well.
he can ask for what he wants, chat on the telephone to others. He speaks to people outside by starting conversation with hello. He is really funny.

PurlyQueen Mon 26-Jan-09 12:38:02

My son said 'cat' and 'miaow' in front of my mother and I when he was 9 months old.

I told this to my MIL. She humoured me - until he said 'baby' in front of her at 10 months.

MissusLindt Mon 26-Jan-09 12:42:32

I went to Germany as an Aupair and the little boy that I looked after was VERY advanced. He was speaking in sentences when I arrived, just a month before his first birthday at the end of September.

I clearly remember him looking out at the snow and asking "Wo ist die Urlaub?" (Where is the holiday?). They had recently been on a skiing holiday, he did not realise that he could see snow at home too.

He was walking too, and riding a 3-wheeler. In fact, I thought for ages that he had just turned 2yo.

It is possible, but very unusual.

seeker Mon 26-Jan-09 14:33:53

But as I said, it's just a "performing monkey" trick - it doesn't say anything about their intelligence or development in other areas.

Marne Mon 26-Jan-09 14:36:05

Dd1 (AS) spoke from around 7 months, her first word was 'triangle' shock, she hasn't shut up since grin.

MissusLindt Mon 26-Jan-09 16:18:37

True, Seeker. A friend's uncle spoke extremely early and everyone thought he was a genius.

It was the first and last time that he excelled his peers in anything.

seeker Mon 26-Jan-09 17:24:22

I suspect they all do it - but most of them haven't got the muscular control to form the words comprehensibly. My dd still has a very clear voice and she sings - I wonder whether there is something about the muscles of the mouth and tongue that makes these early talkers different from their equally articulate but incomprehensible peers!

ladycornyofsilke Mon 26-Jan-09 17:27:04

In contrast Einstein spoke very late!

coppertop Mon 26-Jan-09 20:29:44

Dd was able to talk at around 6-7mths old and it freaked me out a fair bit, mainly because ds2 had started as an early talker and then regressed before later being diagnosed with autism.

By 7 months she was saying things like "Hello Daddy" and "Bye bye, Mummy". still has good language skills.

Before anyone accuses me of smuggery though, ds1 was a late talker (3'ish when he said his first real word) and ds2 has language difficulties.

lljkk Tue 27-Jan-09 10:30:24

Friend claimed that her DD was saying 'light' and 'ball' at 6-7 months, I believe her because the mother talked about it at the time and could be very specific about when and where (though I didn't notice the child's words). What I actually observed for myself was that this little girl was talking in lengthly complex sentences by 18 months.

givethedogAhomebirth Tue 27-Jan-09 10:33:36

In a nursery I worked at there was a little girl who talked in proper sentences at 14 months it was amazing she was a real chatterbox, I asked her mum when she started her mum sighed and said "oh it seems like forever" grin, but she must have started fairly young, I suspect older than 6 months though

spinspinsugar Tue 27-Jan-09 10:45:28

Amazing lljkk, my ds also said light and ball at around 6mo . At 7-8 mo he was saying things like moon, 'pider (spider) and 'ircle (circle), and had a good handful of words. Sentences at a year, has always been very communicative, observant and expressive (and funny). My dd was a month or so behind... I thought they were both pretty normal. As another poster pointed out, at 5yo ds is a very normal boy!

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