No "mama" or "dada"?

United States
March 28, 2007 9:44pm CST
My son is 8 months old and hasn't said mama or dada yet. He says Ki Ki for the cats and says the "g" sound and the "m" sound. My other son said dada at like 6 months. My baby was 6 weeks premature too, maybe that has something to do with it?? Should I be worried?
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8 responses
• Canada
2 Apr 07
All I can say is that everyone develops at different levels.
@beaniegdi (1966)
29 Mar 07
It's a bit early for your child to be talking, your other child was very young to be saying words. I understand as your child was early you will be looking for problems but I think here you have no need to worry.
@lafavorito (2966)
• Philippines
29 Mar 07
Every child have their own time to develop, while some children can speak 1 to 2 syllables on their 8 month your child might be strong enough to stand on his own. My 2 year old and a half son still talks in a language only he can understand, but I'm not worried as he always respond to instructions perfectly. I also have a cousin who started talking a souple of weeks before her 2nd birthday, we thought she was deaf but it seemed that she's just late.
@estherlou (5017)
• United States
29 Mar 07
As long as you are working with him often to teach him words, I wouldn't worry. A premie baby has a little bit of catch-up to do, so right now, he may seem a little 'behind', but he will catch up and be on the same level as others his age very soon.
@mgmagana (3621)
• United States
29 Mar 07
Well they say premature babies learn at a slower rate then babies born at term. As long as he says something i wouldn't be worried. If it doesn't concern ur dr. then u shouldn't be concerned. my daughter first started saying baba and papa for food, before she said mama and dada.
@lisagayle (395)
• United States
29 Mar 07
Being Preemie can do a lot of odd things to a childs development, but don't worry too much, he'll improve. If he is still having this problem, talk to his doctors about seeing a speech patholigist or an ear nose and throat specilist. Since he is making some sounds, it does not seem to be too worry some of a problem. But if it really concerns you, talk to a doctor about it.
• United States
29 Mar 07
Wow, your first son was an early talker! Many kids aren't talking yet at 8 months. He should have some words by 12 months of age (not talking in sentences yet, but a few words). I definitely think it's too early to worry yet. At his next pediatrician appointment, I'm sure the doctor will be discussing his speech development and can answer any questions you might have.
• United States
29 Mar 07
i dont think you should be worried. some children dont say anything at 8 months, give him time im sure he will get it soon enough! just keep trying to encourage him.. another thing is perhaps he doesnt have a 'reason' to say mama or dada?