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My son is 8 months and a week old, and after reading various articles on baby development I am concerned that he does not yet babble.

My son is, in fact, very vocal - he regularly makes raspberries and he use vowels such as "aahhh" and "ooo" to communicate and get attention, as well as laughing, squealing, blowing, grunting and shouting. He sometimes makes sounds such as "baa" "gaaa" "boo" and "fff" but hasnt made traditional babbling noises such as "baba" "mama" etc. He has recently passed a hearing test and has been responding  to his name for months and is very alert with sounds (eg will look towards door when he hears it, will look at the dog when he barks etc). His eye contact is excellent and usually engages with strangers to get attention. He has also begun pointing and he will often do so when I ask him where the light/dog/dad etc is. He also claps and is starting to understand "bye" and trying to wave.

In terms of physical development, he has been rolling over both ways and sitting up unaided for months, is pulling to a stand and has me walking with him by holding his hands all day long as he is very steady on his feet. He has never really liked crawling and will just try and pull himself up when I try to get him to crawl. He has also been drinking from a straw for some time. He does not, as yet, have any teeth though I am starting to feel one cutting through.

All in all, I was happy with his development until I read online that he should have been babbling by 6 months! Should I be worried? I read to him every day and narrate daily events as much as possible. Is there anything I can do to encourage babbling? He will also start daycare on Monday so that might help too.

Sorry for the length of the post! Thank you!

From your detailed description your child appears to be normal in every way.. Normal development varies widely. Some babies do not crawl. Speech development also varies. There is nothing to  worry. Enjoy watching your child. God bless him.


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Dr. Arun Kumar Suri


I can answer questions in the field of general pediatrics-questions regarding the development of children, immunization, feeding, weaning and common childhood problems like fever, cough and recurrent illness. Many of these topics are dealt with on my website Healthy Family Happy Family. Often a mother imagines that her child is sick when in fact there is no problem. Such a mother needs explanation and reassurance. I will not be able to answer specific questions regarding diagnosis.


I have more than 20 years of experience as a Pediatrician. I have been involved in the care of premature babies and also many critically ill children.

I am attached to a Mission hospital in a small town in the Kannur dist. of Kerala in India. I also have my private clinic in a nearby place.

Most of my articles are on my website Healthy Family Happy Family. I have also contributed articles to Ezine Articles and Article City. I believe that Pediatrics is more than treating diseases in children. I advocate holistic approach to child health and problems of children giving equal importance to physical, psychological and spiritual health of children.

M.B.B.S. D.C.H. I have completed a distant course in adolescent health conducted by IMA AKN SINHA INSTITUTE. I have also completed an online course on Ayurvedic care of children conducted by Jiva Institute.

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