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7.5 month and babbling

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Dizzy81 Fri 13-Jun-14 16:55:31

**paranoid mother alert*

Hi all,

Not sure if I should be concerned or not? There are days when my daughter is very chatty and others where she's not soo. She makes ah, goo too ga, sounds and what sounds like yes and hiya and mm noises. She is a happy smiling baby and giggles with social interaction .

She's recently had a cold, cough and also learnt to clap and crawl so I'm wondering if this is playing a part in the babble levels?

I read to her every day and I will admit there are times when we both have silence, that's before nap and bed time or when I let her play by herself for a few minutes so I can have a cuppa. Bad mummy I know.



NorahBone Fri 13-Jun-14 19:08:49

I am in no way an expert, but this sounds like my 7 mo. He'll be quiet for ages but once he gets going he doesn't shut up! And judging by baby Bone's current efforts at crawling, it does take a hell of a lot of concentration and effort. Congratulations to your dd on the clapping. jealous.

BertieBotts Fri 13-Jun-14 19:19:06

Sounds normal. And not a bad mummy for letting her play alone while you drink tea - encourage it, it will be golden when she is a toddler grin

BertieBotts Fri 13-Jun-14 19:20:58

If you think about normal speech among adults, we don't talk constantly and there are naturally times when we're silent, like if we're alone or doing an activity by ourselves or even sometimes doing something together, there isn't always a need for conversation.

Dizzy81 Fri 13-Jun-14 21:15:38

Thanks all for putting my mind at rest.

The clapping has taken a while to master, she loves clapping when she has toys in n her hands.

Bertie, thats a valid point about adult conversation. I know I shouldn't feel bad for having a cup of tea whilst dd plays as it enables her to self discover, but I can't help it.


RizzleBizzle Fri 13-Jun-14 21:37:50

Wait... Is it bad to let them play by themselves? I been actively giving my DD time alone to play since early days!

Dizzy81 Fri 13-Jun-14 22:13:02

Rizzle, I let my dd play by herself too, I think it's more mummy guilt my end then anything.

Mumyum1 Sat 14-Jun-14 02:21:02

My almost-7 mo has alone time everyday. I tell myself it's great that he feels secure enough to enjoy it, though some days better than others. He also does intermittent babbling but has also taken to rather sudden loud shouting and of a good few seconds duration, usually late afternoon while I'm peeling potatoes and forgetting to chat to him in his rocker, but also the other day in supermarket after being relatively silent, and frightened some poor guy out of his wits!!! Couldn't help giggling at that one!!! He's not crawling yet but his index finger keeps finding his nostril!!!

Mumyum1 Sat 14-Jun-14 02:21:56

Alone time for a short while, not all day!!! Hahaha

Dizzy81 Sat 14-Jun-14 16:15:13

Mummyum1, I knew what you meant. That's funny, poor old guy.

I've let her play in her jumparoo for half an hour and I sat back and enjoyed my lunch. I chatted to her and she liked the self of independence. If tha makes sense.

BertieBotts Sat 14-Jun-14 19:25:19

I think it would be bad to force them to play alone, all the time.

But equally it would be a bit stifling if you're always hovering and don't ever just let them get on with it.

A bit of balance is the key to everything smile

Mumyum1 Sat 14-Jun-14 23:35:21

I agree with you both. Sometimes it's lovely to just observe, when I try to engage sometimes he'll smile at me and it seems so grown up, and he'll turn and chat to the dog or the trees or the corner! Or his hands lol. I would love to nurture a baby with a well developed emotional intelligence. DH can be so stunted sometimes and IMHO I think MIL made her DS, my DH, the centre of her universe. I love my little guy to bits and am desperate not to do same to him. So I want him to be comfortable by himself. DH hates bein alone.

SourSweets Sun 15-Jun-14 11:09:31

I think quiet time is very important for babies and toddlers, especially first borns as my theory is it won't be such a shock when the next one arrives and suddenly they have to be a bit more independant, they'll already be used to short periods of amusing themselves. It's also useful for them to discover their own ways of playing rather than being shown how to play all the time.

As for the babbling, she sounds like she's doing really well actually. Does she mimic sounds that you make to her? Not complex ones obviously, but just dadada sounds. Quieter days and chattier days are normal. My 10 month old goes through phases for chatting non stop, to squealing non stop, to being fairly quiet. He's just had his 10 month check and it's totally normal.

I'm not an expert, but I know a lot of experts, so I've picked up a bit of knowledge! Talk to your HV if you're concerned, even if only for your own peace of mind.

Dizzy81 Sun 22-Jun-14 23:11:21

Hi all,

Quick update she's now babbling dada non stop and making hissing noises, as if she's trying to say her name.


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