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Mom’s Question:

My 10-month-old baby is not talking.

I stayed home with my son until he was 4 months before putting him into daycare. I couldn’t bear it, so I became a full time stay at home mommy when my son was 8 months.

I feel like maybe I’m failing him. He only says “dadadada” and other babble all day. However, he doesn’t say mama, bye bye, no, or any other legible word. He also doesn’t shake his head “no” like a lot of other babies.

I am worried because maybe he isn’t getting what he needs at home. I would hate to stunt his development because I’m not doing something right. He is very active, demanding, sweet, always on the move, trying to walk, and dances/sing-babble along with music, but won’t speak. He also won’t imitate sounds either like other babies.

Please advise if you think he needs more formal care. Thank you so much.


Baby Helpline:

10-month-old Baby is Not Talking – What to Do?

Congratulations on deciding to stay at home with your baby. You are doing the BEST thing possible! It is such a dilemma for parents who want to continue their career, or need the financial input from both parents, but have to put a baby in daycare.

A baby cannot possibly get much one on one attention in a daycare situation unless the ratio of adults to children is a max of 2:1. If one baby is crying, the other baby is on its own. I have yet to hear of a daycare where that was happening. You are definitely NOT stunting his development. Sure they often have formal programs they try to work to, but increasing evidence shows babies do much better at home with Mom, so long as Mom is happy to be doing that. An unhappy Mom makes an unhappy baby.

Now in terms of his talking, don’t worry about it – babies at that age mostly make noises and we think they are saying, Mom or Dada. His development has mostly been getting control of his body, trying to grasp, learning to sit and crawl, etc. You can learn more about 10-month baby development here.

He will understand a lot of what you say, particularly repetitive words like Mommy and Daddy, drink, names of pets, etc. Babies can actually learn sign language far quicker than talking.

Make sure you spend lots of time with him making eye contact and making noises. Babies learn by watching more than listening, so show him how your mouth moves, make noises like pop pop pop, baby, boo, etc. When you talk to him let him see your face.

Read stories to him, sing rhymes, and songs with actions. It sounds like he is very active, and he is probably more interested in getting into action than concentrating on talking. All babies develop at different paces, so don’t compare him with other children; it sounds like he is doing really well. Some babies are still not crawling at 10 months, let alone trying to walk. If you look around, I am pretty sure that you will see some 10-month-old babies that are definitely NOT trying walk, like your son. Instead, they may be focusing on pointing or babbling – or none of it yet!

Browse through our baby development video gallery and you’ll see what I mean. :-)

You can see if there are Mommy and Baby classes in your area, sometimes there are Rhyme Time classes, or the local library might have baby story days. There may be a playgroup where you can meet other Moms and your baby will get the stimulation of other babies and children.

The whole world is an exciting place for a baby, give him lots of variety, new experiences, and talk to him all the time about what you are doing, where you are going. Take him to the park and let him touch the bark on the trees, shred a leaf, feel the sticks, bare feet on the grass. Lots of tactile experiences, and again, explain and talk about them so you are giving language to his new experiences. If you want more ideas, you’ll find baby activities tips here.

By the time he is three, you won’t be able to shut him up! There will be endless why questions and he will tell you long long stories about what he is doing. So just relax and trust you doing the best thing for him. He is a lucky boy to have a Mom who could choose to stay at home.

Have fun with him! All the best,

Paula

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Feb 27, 2018Development

by: Anonymous


I do agree with the answer here, but wonder whether it might be an idea to have a hearing test done too. I know of a couple of children who developed along similar lines and who turned out to have a hearing loss. They weren’t deaf but there was a degree of loss.

They can do accurate hearing tests at any age and early intervention is very important so it may be an idea to rule it out.

I’m a parent of three teens and not one to rush off to the doctor at every little thing. I certainly don’t want to scare you or be a doomsayer but, as I say, I have seen a couple of kids at close quarters develop along these lines.

Best of luck.

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