Anxiety Over Baby's First Words?

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Anxiety Over Baby's First Words?
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Mon, 11-05-2012 - 12:58pm

Almost every parent can remember that first proud moment they heard their baby speak. But speech development can cause its share of parental anxiety -- a milestone to obsess over, and another way that competitive parenting can rear its ugly head.

Babytalk anxiety: Those first little words cause big stress for parents

Has anyone felt this anxiety over baby's first words?  I know that I did with all 3 of my kiddos!  Is your baby saying words yet? Are you at all concerned about their development in this area?

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Fri, 11-09-2012 - 8:10am

jgteach wrote:
My DD started babbling early on and started saying some words around 9 months. When I brushed her hair, and I was finished, I'd say "pretty!" One day around 9 months she said "tee" when i was done. So cute!! Now the child never stops talking (at 9 years old...) My son started talking later. Certainly with in the realm of normal, but he seemed delayed compared to her. But when you have a sister that won't stop talking, why bother to start? But then he did start, and, like his sister, NEVER STOPS! Oy.

Haha!  That's how it usually happens- once they start talking, they don't ever stop!! :)

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Thu, 11-08-2012 - 1:08pm
My DD started babbling early on and started saying some words around 9 months. When I brushed her hair, and I was finished, I'd say "pretty!" One day around 9 months she said "tee" when i was done. So cute!! Now the child never stops talking (at 9 years old...) My son started talking later. Certainly with in the realm of normal, but he seemed delayed compared to her. But when you have a sister that won't stop talking, why bother to start? But then he did start, and, like his sister, NEVER STOPS! Oy.
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Thu, 11-08-2012 - 10:14am

I totally agree!  It is hard not to compare your child to others, but it really can drive you crazy if you do!  I always tried to avoid comparing and just enjoy baby and their own individual personalities.  :)

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Wed, 11-07-2012 - 1:50pm

Mine isn't saying any words, but I'm not all that concerned. She is very expressive in other ways, pays attention when I talk to her and will understand some of what I say to her. I just figure that she doesn't have much to talk about yet :) I try not to compare her progress to other babies her age, it will just drive you nuts!