Why isn't my baby using consonants?
My 7-month-old daughter doesn't seem to be using consonants at all. She babbles with vowels. She has hit almost every milestone till 9 months. Is this something I should be concerned about?
Submitted by dmw_2007

If a seven-month-old is not doing this, then it should be brought to the attention of the pediatrician so that he/she can evaluate the situation further, and make any necessary suggestions/referrals if needed.  It’s also important to let the doctor know so that there can be close follow up.   There is oftentimes a “range” when it is considered “normal” to acquire skills, so it’s important for an infant to be followed closely in case the skill does not emerge within the expected time frame.  It can be hard to predict when language milestones will be achieved, so it’s always a good idea to be in touch with the doctor to be sure everything is on track.  The doctor may request an evaluation from a speech/language pathologist or Early Intervention, if there are concerns.

 

It’s possible that your daughter will begin babbling consonant sounds any day now.  However, since this is something we can’t predict, it’s best to check in with her pediatrician and discuss her specific situation so that the proper follow up can be assured.

 

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Answered by jamieparents

Most babies begin making those adorable ooo's and aaa's called cooing at 3-4 months of life and add in ba's and ga's around 6 months. Ma's and da's arrive by 9 months. And just so you know, D's are easier to say than M's...so babies tend to say Dada before Mama for that reason (not to burst your bubble, Dads). So, a 7 month old who does not have any consonants yet is slightly delayed in language output or "expressive language". Hearing issues are one reason for expressive language delay. If your child turns to your voice or when you call her name, that is reassuring. But, if she doesn't make any consonant sounds by 9 months of age, I would suggest getting a formal hearing test with an audiologist as the next step. Some babies who have had ear infections may have a temporary hearing loss due to persistent fluid behind the ear drum, which is definitely treatable.

For now, I would work on making consonant noises and trying to get her to imitate your sounds and don't stress too much about it. The fact that she is making noise and has otherwise normal development is very reassuring.

 

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Answered by ariparents