My 11 month old son has started to talk. He currently has a two-word vocabulary: "uh-oh", and "balloon".
He clearly understands the meaning of the word balloon, and uses it appropriately (his use of "uh-oh" is a little less consistent, but it is improving).
However, his pronunciation of balloon is, well, bad. Usually it sounds more like "boon", although sometimes there is a buzzing "raspberry" sound to it ("bzzoon"), and sometimes it does sound like he's trying to extend "boon" to two syllables (it is hard to tell if there's an "l" sound in there or not, but it is the version that most clearly sounds like "balloon").
Given that he is only 11 months, and he just started talking, I am not particularly worried that the mispronunciation indicates any problems. It is my understanding that many, many toddlers come up with their own unique pronunciations of words they have difficulty with (and it is also how many people I know got their nicknames: younger siblings were unable to pronounce their names, and instead came up with unusual nicknames).
My question is: should I put effort into trying to correct his pronunciation, or is it okay to simply accept that balloon=="boon" (or any of the other variations)? Should I continue to use "balloon" myself, rather than mimic his mispronunciation?