When do babies say mama? Mommy Answers
The moment our children says “mama” for the first time, is one we will never forget. It is one of those moments you anticipate for so long, and then suddenly it happens. You might be sitting by the table eating dinner, or playing on the floor. Maybe the child has just been put to sleep or maybe it has just woken up. It is one of those moments you anticipate for so long, but never get ready for. The moment your child goes from being unable to say anything, to be able to call for you with words.
But when exactly do babies say mama for the first time? In this article we will be looking at the facts and listening to what others have to say when it comes to this topic.
Learning to speak
For the first two years of his or hers life, the baby learns to speak. He or she starts learning the rules of the language, and how other humans communicate, long before he or she says his/hers first word. This is why we in the beginning only hear the child making sounds. They are indeed trying to say something, but we just do not know what. It moves in this progression: First he or she cries, then he or she makes sounds like “ahh’s” and “oh’s”. This typically happens during the first two or three months. After this period of their learning curve of speaking, they start babbling. They are indeed trying to communicate, it is just that they are not able to form the words correctly yet, so we do not understand what they are saying.
Then, we arrive at that point that his whole article is about. The moment your little child is not so little anymore, the moment he or she says “mama.” It can slip out of your child’s mouth as early as six months, and will indeed bring a tear to your eye. Granted, the child’s first word can be anything, but for the most part it is either mama or dada, two very similar words that are both very easy to pronounce as your first word when you are a baby.
It is also important to state that children have different learning curves. Even though your neighbors baby is three weeks younger than your child, it might utter its first word before yours. It is not a competition, and there is no reason to be worrying about something being wrong even through your baby has not said anything after six months. It might take as long as eight months, maybe nine. Sometimes even more. Most is completely normal, and although getting to that eighth and ninth month is not as regular as others, there is no reason for worry.
After your baby has uttered that first “mama,” or “Dada,” it will continue to pick up words and learn, from anyone and everyone. Between sixteen months and two years the baby will start forming sentences. At this point you will be able to communicate with your child, even though it is in very simple forms. Your baby will continue to form different sentences, and as the child grows the sentences’ lengths will grow with it. It won’t be long until your child graduates’ college and moves out of your home. Yes, it does move that quickly, or at least it feels like it.