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Iv a feeling we wont consider Connor to be talking til he says a really distinct word like cat or mango
everything he does so far seems close but not really for instance he says mama but not really to me its more along the lines of anytime he gets mad or upset he goes mamamamamamamamamamamammamamammamamamammuuuuuum sometimes he does it while reaching for me but normally thats becuse he wants my boobs when hes upset lol.
same with dada he says it but continuously and normally when angry some times it even sounds kinda like die die die die die which is a little creepy when he happens to be hitting whatever toy managed to offend him lol
are we being hyper critical and that counts or are we right on holding off on calling it saying a word?
Bryan and I were just talking about this!! My view is the same as you two's! When she knows she is saying a certain word, that's what I consider her first. She's tried to say "donner" (our dog's name) but it's come out more like "daaa-aaa". Lol
And she says mamamama and dadadada but we're not 100% convinced it's purposeful.
I don't count it until they use the word purposefully. So like she says water "yadah" and Mummy "Mumum" and Elias "Lala"... she TOTALLY means it, and so I count it. Similarly, she'll sign milk and more, and they are both intentional, so I count those. And, I count both signed words and spoken words in the word count for the doctor, lol... at 12 months they are more interested in linguistic development than in spoken development, so long as they do indeed babble a fair range of sounds.