She’s babbling! My baby looked right at me and hummed “Mmm!” in the most excited tone ever. Her face was all lit up and then to top it off she looked over at Daddy Owl and went “Dddeeedeee?” It was fantastic! She knows who we are and has a relatively good grasp on our names. We can’t consider this talking yet, of course, but it’s definitely babbling.
Babies start to babble around six months, Owlet is right on time! Her babbling currently includes “dede” “ma” “ba” and “ha”. Equating “ma” to me, and “de” to Daddy Owl comes a little later, around a year old. But I think she’ll be a little early in that since she’s already showing signs of understanding, even if she might not quite get it yet.
If you have concerns that your baby isn’t babbling at 6 months old, talk to your pediatrician. Some signs to watch for include baby not making, or attempting to make, any sounds or eye contact with you and not making vowel sounds (“ah,” “eh,” “oh”). Also not responding to her name or sounds at 6 months, not babbling by 9 months, or not saying simple words, like “mamma”or “dada” at 12 months. It could be that your child has a hearing problem or language delay. Your pediatrician may refer your child to a pediatric speech-language pathologist for an evaluation. A searchable directory of certified therapists in your area can be found on American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s.