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baby stopped cooing

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munkeychops Tue 25-Oct-11 11:46:08

My baby is 17 weeks old today (one week early, so maybe classed as 16 in terms of development?) Anyway, I just want some advice whether I am worrying for nothing really. She doesn't really coo or babble much. She smiles big smiles and holds eye contant, and she has cooed a bit in the passed although not loads and seems to have stopped this. She does "shout out" in the morning when awake in her cot and wanting attention - not a nice kind of babble but somewhere between a coo and the start of a cry if you know what I mean. About six weeks ago she was cooing and doing a bit of turn taking with it when you did it back to her but seems to have stopped. Her hearing is fine and like I say she smiles and holds eye contact.

Did your baby babble away all day long at this age?


Pascha Tue 25-Oct-11 11:50:39

No my son has never really been a babbler. At that age I think he did very little really. I bet he's concentrating on some other area of development instead.
4-5 months is a time of huge developmental change, hence the 4-month sleep regression. At the end of it there is suddenly a leap forward in terms of what they can do so I wouldn't worry overmuch.

munkeychops Tue 25-Oct-11 12:00:41

oh thank you for you quick reply, it has reassured me.

ohbabybaby Tue 25-Oct-11 12:55:08

My DS is nearly 5 months old (lost track of weeks!) - cooed from 6w to 3months, then raspberries for duration of 3m with little cooing, and from 4m has been just making the odd shout when interacting, or waking up, or trying to get DS1's attention. So your DD sounds perfectly normal to me.

DS1 just carried on with the raspberries for months and months and was quite late starting to babble compared to his friends plus problems now with pronunciation, so I have been pinning my hopes on DS2's shouting as being more advanced!

TheLaineyWayIsEssex Tue 25-Oct-11 15:44:21

Sounds totally normal to me!
think the average range for babbling ( repetitive sounda like babababa rararara mamama) is around 6-9 months so certainly don't think you have anything to worry about.
My ds (almost 11mo) cooed from around 12 weeks( have forgotten already) and made lots of noise but then made less until he went through the scream shout phase around 20 weeks. He started babbling around 7 months with rara. Now we get incessant a lot of babababa, gugugugugug, mamamamamama and raspberries. he never shuts up

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