Jean Michaels
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When a baby first begins to identify with someone outside of the mother-child bond, it's usually Dada. If the child is still first identifying with Dada, then Mama usually follows, and this is the first indication that the child is now starting to name permanent objects in his/her life. "Research indicates that 'Dada' is actually more common as the first word than 'mom' or 'moma. In light of this, it should be noted that over the course of our history, moms were typically the ones at home with their babies and likely to talk about the dad at work or when the dad will come home."

In the early months of a child's life, they are generally exposed to only a few consonant sounds. The first consonant sounds are rarely 'baba' or 'dada' because they are simple to produce. It is possible that by the age of six months, your child has already begun to experiment with consonants and vowels, and has started to repeat the words that are frequently spoken to them. During these months, it is possible for your baby to say "mama" and "dada" for the first time, and also to communicate using body language, such as waving bye-bye and shaking their head for the first time.

When Do Babies Start Saying 'Mama' & 'Dada'?

 Most Common First Words

  • Dad (or Dada, Daddy, Papa, etc.)
  • Mom (or Mama, Mommy, Mum, etc.)
  • Hi (or Hiya, Hey, Heya, Hello)
  • Buba (or Bub or Baba)
  • Dog (or Doggy, Puppy)
  • Ball.
  • No.

Despite the fact that Roman Jakobson, a Russian linguist, states that the sound of "m" (for "mama") is much easier for babies to produce since their mouths tend to be fastened to a bottle or breast, according to Breyne Moskowitz, Ph.D., nasal sounds, such as the sound "m," are more difficult for babies to utter, and they are more likely to do so. According also to Heather Goad, an associate professor of linguistics at McGill University in Montreal, it is much easier to say mama than dada from a phonetics perspective. A baby can produce the word mama with little effort by simply closing and opening their mouth, she explains. However, in order to produce the word D, a tongue gesture is more complicated. 

An infant's babbling is a crucial part of the development of a child's speech. Infants generally show signs of being ready to use words from an early age but aren't quite there yet. Babbling provides an indication of a child's development of his or her language.

Your Baby's First Words: How To Help Her Say

Here are some signs that your baby may start talking soon:

  • Attempts to say her first words (even though they are just sounds).
  • He attempts to converse by babbling a lot.
  • He seems to be understanding what you are saying now that he is looking directly at your face and paying attention to what you are saying.
  • Reacts to anyone waving "goodbye" to him or her.

There are several ways a baby can communicate using sounds, gestures, and body language. When a baby is about a year old, he or she will start babbling, playing with sounds, copying sounds, and putting sounds together. It's not uncommon for them to say their first words around 12 months of age. If your child is over two years old, you should have your pediatrician evaluate them and refer them to speech therapy and a hearing test if they cannot produce words or phrases by themselves, they can only imitate speech and actions and can never produce words or phrases themselves, they only say certain words and only those words repeatedly, and they can't follow simple instructions.

Read related articles:

Why Talking Is Important To Your Baby's Development

Understanding Typical And Atypical Developments In Babies

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