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edwardhopper Sun 10-Jul-11 17:05:21

hi i'm new to this site and a new mum. I am mum to a 7.5 month old boy who is great in all ways. He screeches a lot and makes lots of noises and sounds but I don't know if he should have started making more speech like sounds. I mean like the constantants m, n, p etc with sounds. He hasn't done this yet. My sister said that he should be and that my Health Visitor will be worried at 8 months.

What does this mean? He is very alert and responds to his name so I know it's not a hearing issue.

Does it mean developmental problems?

Sorry. I don't know who else to ask for advice

bloominwonderwoman Sun 10-Jul-11 17:19:02

Hi- my health visitor was meant to help me monitor my son's speech as I had some concerns...she didn't, the schools didn't and so I do cards with him myself. he still can't do g's or r's or ch's ... I feel let down and that I let him down. My advice is to practice sound cards with him and after a period call a speech therapist directly yourself as I'm doing as they're qualified to say.

Katy1368 Sun 10-Jul-11 17:26:06

edwardhopper - he's 7.5 months old, i'm a bit shocked you are even giving it a moments thought at that age TBH, it is way too early, HV's certainly won't be at all worried at 8 months - babies only need to be babbling at that age, they don't start making proper sounds for ages yet.

My DD didn't even start making recognisable sounds until probaly 17 months, until then it was all babbling etc- I don't know where your sis is getting her information from but it sounds way wrong to me - has she got kids herslf?

bloominwonderwoman Sun 10-Jul-11 17:47:17

I meant to say that I thought it was a little too early to say too, agree with Katy1368 there :-)

BigusBumus Sun 10-Jul-11 17:52:05

Absolutely don't worry, both my sons started with da da da da (and nothing else) at about 11 or 12 months. In fact I saw my hv with ds2 when he was nearly 2 as he was still babbling not talking and she wasn't concerned. He's 4.5 now and a complete chatterbox. It's hard when you're a new mum, but that's what MN is for! Xx

edwardhopper Sun 10-Jul-11 17:58:12

sorry i did not mean to shock. I just do not know these things. thank you for your replies.

Sorry again for being ignorant but can someone explain exactly what babble is?

NorthernGobshite Sun 10-Jul-11 17:58:35

Waaaaaaaayyyyyy TOO early to be worrying! Seriously.

tell your sister to shut up!

Niecie Sun 10-Jul-11 18:03:14

Babbling is really making sounds that aren't crying, sounds that could be the basis of speech but aren't real words or anything close.

I was a bit concerned about my DS1 when he was about the same age as your DS because I didn't think he made consonant sounds but at his 8 mth check the HV listened to him and said that what he was doing was absolutely fine, so I understand your concern but 8 mths is much too early for recognisable sounds.

Katy1368 Sun 10-Jul-11 18:05:20

Sorry perhaps shocked is the wrong word - didn't intend to be at all mean and sorry if I came over that way! Know being a new mum is way hard. For what it's worth my DD has only really begun speaking in proper sentences past her 3rd birthday but within the space of 2 - 3 months has accelerated so fast on the speaking it is amazing. They have these periods of sudden development where a lot happens all of a sudden.

Umm - babble is just that really, babbling! Like "Googoogoo" or"Gagaga" and shreiking and "ahh" and "bababa" stuff you can't really identify and anything but are just sounds IYSWIM.

edwardhopper Sun 10-Jul-11 18:18:01

Thank you all. yes my sister has got a big mouth! LOL!!

MY son makes noises and sounds. He's very noisy. But his sounds are not using g, or m, or n, or etc. Maybe Ha he he sometimes. Or Ah goo. But not all the time and today I have been thinking I have not heard for a few days but maybe I do not realise.

That's why I worry because the babble is not gooogggaa

Sorry again. I am a worrier and he ios very precious to me

Katy1368 Sun 10-Jul-11 18:23:27

Don't worry about G or m or n sounds, again he is way too young. Ahh goo/ha he he IS babbling and is exactly what he should be doing at this stage.

NorthernGobshite Sun 10-Jul-11 18:28:34

My dd is now 6 and has better speech and vocabulary than me and I am fairly sure she never did goo goo ga ga!!

Lady1nTheRadiator Sun 10-Jul-11 18:29:26

Your son sounds lovely and absolutely 'normal' in this respect. My DD is 8 months and very shouty but no real consonants yet. I am keeping a close eye though because my son has speech difficulties - so I truly understand your worry.

edwardhopper Sun 10-Jul-11 18:48:11

thank you to you all. I will try not to worry even if there are some days he doesn't do anything except shout!

HappyAsASandboy Sun 10-Jul-11 19:17:44

I agree that it sounds normal. My twins are 8.5 months old and have been saying ah goo and making soft ahh ohh type 'songs' for a few months, but only in the last two weeks or so started actually babbling with da da da, ba ba ba and ma ma ma type repeatative sounds. I'm not worried, as they seem happy and healthy and so so pleased with themselves when they chatter away.

Perhaps coincidentally, they have started getting absolutely knackered very quickly alongside this babbling. They can be playing and babbling one minute, and the next they are shattered, where it used to be a gradual transition. It makes me think that babbling is quite difficult!

edwardhopper Sun 10-Jul-11 19:21:03

MY son does seem very happy and healthy and very very alert so I am not worried but I am, if that makes sense! LOL! I just am anzious about milestones I suppose which may be gets easier with second plus children.

Chundle Sun 10-Jul-11 20:56:02

Oh my goodness do not worry! Health visitor will not b concerned unless he's not babbling (making baby noises) at 12 months. By the sounds of it he's doing this already so that is fab smile my dd is 23 months and doesn't have some of the sounds you mention!! Don't panic x

NorthernGobshite Sun 10-Jul-11 21:08:14

Its normal to feel anxious but try and chill out. babies reach milestones at different ages, its fine.

edwardhopper Mon 11-Jul-11 09:12:40

thanks to everyone. will try and not worry and just enjoy him like you all say

MockingbirdsNotForSale Mon 11-Jul-11 10:07:49

My DD is almost 9 months and babbles a lot. She does only make specific noises if I say them to her a lot first. E.g, I wanted her to say Dada so I said it to her over and over and over again grin until she got it and for weeks now she can't stop! Now Mama is a whole different ballgame. I say it to her and she looks at me and goes 'Dada?'.

A good thing to do for speech development is to repeat what they are saying back to them. Yes it means you repeat gobbledygook but it also shows you how wide their random vocabulary is.

marvellousmouse Mon 11-Jul-11 13:12:01

Now I'm worried! confused

My son makes lots of noises and sounds and wet razzes, and I'm sure he does some 'sounds' - he's very vocal - but he hasn't done baba or mama etc and he's 7 months. I thought that was normal. He seems happy enough...

Insomnia11 Mon 11-Jul-11 13:14:53

Don't worry at this age, some kids hardly utter a word until age three then come out with an entire sentence.

marvellousmouse Mon 11-Jul-11 13:17:01

I wasn't worried until I read this thread!!

Niecie Mon 11-Jul-11 14:57:33

marvellousmouse - it is normal. Honestly, as I said down thread, DS1 didn't make any recognisable sounds at 8mths - I was worried but the HV didn't seem to be so long as he was responsive and making some noise apart from crying. And he didn't even make razzes (cutesmile)

He was talking in full sentences by the age of 2, so ahead of milestones - babies don't learn steadily. They do a leap in progress and then stay at the same level for ages just to worry you until they make another leap and steam ahead again. Its all normal.

I think your sister was a bit unkind actually OP. Unless she is a SALT she should be keeping quiet! smile

Lainey1981 Mon 11-Jul-11 15:10:34

My ds is alao 7.5 months and has in the last few days started with ra-ra-ra-ra. Endearing at first, but already sometimes a bit annoying ( ie at 4.30 am lol)
Afaik, mamama is harder for babies to say than dada, but really think you have nothing to worry about.
As others have said, your health visitor will not be worried either smile

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