Hi! My 8 month old daughter is not babbling. She did babble for about a week or so a few months ago. She seemed to really only do it when she had a teether toy in her mouth and she was laying independently on her play mat. But then she stopped. She will randomly do it every so often, but it is not a lot and not consistent. She has been blowing raspberries for awhile now, and has started doing it in a way where it seems like she is using it to communicate with us. It is SO much saliva everywhere!! Lol! We imitate her sounds and raspberries to try to encourage her to continue making them. However, when I try to babble to her (ie, “mama” “baba” or “dada”) she will not make the sound back to me. Sometimes she’ll just stare at me and other times she’ll blow raspberries back. She whines/fusses/cries/grunts when she is upset. But other than that she doesn’t seem to make any other verbal sounds using her voice. We had her evaluated with a speech pathologist about a month ago (through video chat because of Covid) and her receptive language was fine and her verbal language fell within normal range, but on the low end. So missed qualifying for speech therapy by a few points.
She has always been a hard audience and you have to work to get her to actually laugh. She’ll smile a lot, but she doesn’t actually make laughing sounds unless she thinks something is really really funny. lol. Also, not sure if it matters, but she did have a tongue tie fixed by a pediatric dentist with a laser when she was 7 days old.
So, 2 questions:
- Is blowing raspberries a precursor to babbling?
- Besides modeling, imitating, pointing and saying what something is, speaking slowly, sign language, and repeating repeating repeating, is there anything else I can do?? I feel like I’ve been doing all of that and she’s just not really making any progress in babbling.
Thanks so much!