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My toddler calls me "Mommy", but I'm his father

My son (similar age) calls both me and his mum "Daddy". He also has a habit of calling all animals Cows or Sheep. Like Erica says in the comment, it's pretty standard. They've learnt a single word ...
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What benefits does using "baby talk" provide, and how do you maximize those benefits?

While there have been studies comparing infant preferences between "baby talk" and "regular talk", finding that "baby talk" was preferred, I'd probably lean more towards the results presented in this ...
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My 3-year-old is not speaking but pointing

As I'm sure your OT and SLP have told you, there's a lot of natural variability in when kids hit language milestones, and late language emergence is not always cause for concern. Your child --- with ...
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My toddler calls me "Mommy", but I'm his father

Some answers are suggesting to correct thus: "Dada not Mama!". For an infant it is much better to correct more simply, without the negative: "Dada!" The negative is an advanced mental construct that ...
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My toddler calls me "Mommy", but I'm his father

This is no big deal, and you shouldn't sweat it. My daughter is almost 2 1/2 and calls her aunt "Uncle Meghan," and everyone thinks it's hilarious. Both of my kids have gone through the same as ...
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What to do about a 19-month-old not talking?

Hi and welcome to Parenting SE! Many children do not start forming sentences until 18-24 months.LINK If you have been to your doctor (and you should if you are concerned), then probably it is still ...
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How to make my 5-year-old speak in first person when she speaks in second person?

As of now, there's no indication of a larger problem. You haven't been correcting her so looks like she's just continuing it out of a habit. Start responding to the questions in the correct manner, ...
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How to discourage verbal use of "like" with 4 year-old?

For the most part, kids learn what they hear. They're not literally parrots, but it helps me to think of them that way sometimes. So, the best way to "train" them out of speech patterns is ...
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Complete or not complete the child's sentences

What I’ve been taught is to let the child try, so long as it isn’t frustrating them unduly. As with any skill, language recall comes with practice, and shortcutting that is not helpful. However, if ...
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15 month old girl hasn't learned any new words in months

You should get your child in to be evaluated by her pediatrician. There are a number of syndromes that could explain what you are perceiving, some of which are speech related, while others are ...
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23-month-old son does not listen or acknowledge

I'm a Speech-Language Pathologist who has specialized in early childhood communication development for 15 years. I have some resources about language development in general and the specific concern ...
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What benefits does using "baby talk" provide, and how do you maximize those benefits?

As @user25972 pointed out, it's not necessarily "baby talk" that babies prefer, but in one study (cited in the answer) it was positive emotion rather than the higher pitch of baby talk (or infant ...
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My 3-year-old is not speaking but pointing

I used to do this; teach him sign language so that you can communciate better. Make the sounds of the words as you sign. Signing isnt hard to learn at a basic level - get a book from amazon. My two ...
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How to make my 5-year-old speak in first person when she speaks in second person?

It is normal for a 3-4 year old to exhibit 'play talk' when learning pronouns, but at 5 years old it should have started to remediate. There are several techniques that we use in therapy, including ...
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Child Mumbles When Asking Questions

encourage/reward good behavior, ignore bad behavior Children learn incredibly quickly and learn a lot more than we give them credit for. The main issue is that they often don't learn what we want them ...
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My 3 years old daughter doesn’t talk to teacher

This sounds like anxiety manifesting as situational mutism. Formerly called "selective mutism," situational mutism is a stress response akin to freeze (as in fight, flight, freeze, fawn, ...
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Can you tell if toddler speech is delayed at 15 months?

IMO, you don't worry unless the doctor has specifically said there is a delay. Many kids do not choose to talk until after two. My hub who has a very high IQ, did not talk until 3 and his first words ...
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How can I make my baby try and talk

I would say that there are a few things you can do that might help. Many children at one are not yet talkers, so please try not to worry. It never hurts to ask your child's doctor or nurse if ...
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At what age do trilingual toddlers develop consistent speech?

From the literature I've read, I believe sometimes after 2 or maybe closer to 3 years old. But don't worry, if the child understands when you talk to him, in any of the languages, that's a good sign ...
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How to explain the concept of past / future to a kid?

I've had students who could not get the concept. We played hide the button. "Here is the button (whatever). I will hide the button and then we will look for it." Show the button. "The button is here ...
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My 2-year-old son is still not talking. Is this normal?

According to the US CDC, some basic milestones for a two year old include: Says sentences with 2 to 4 words Repeats words overheard in conversation To answer your broad question ("is this normal"), ...
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What does it mean if my son is better talking to strangers than classmates

I can't speak to the Japanese specifics, and I would suggest that that's probably quite relevant here; but in a more general sense, nothing is particularly surprising about what you describe. Your son ...
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Can you tell if toddler speech is delayed at 15 months?

Yes, a Speech-Language Pathologist can assess your child for a delay in their speech or language development as young as 12 months. However, most insurance companies will not cover speech therapy ...
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How do i stop my 5yr old repeating herself and is she fine?

It is quite normal. My 5 year old does it. A little bit of searching shows THIS article and THIS article. The child will most likely work this out on their own. I noticed this happens a lot when my ...
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My toddler calls me "Mommy", but I'm his father

My daughter did something like this for a while -- sometimes she would say "Daddy" sometimes "Mummy" but she would use either word for either parent. We tried correcting her for a while, until it ...
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Why is my 6-year-old son yelling or being very loud when talking?

Drawing from experience with my 4 yo and from re-telling from my own childhood by my own mother, it may be that your 6 yo is simply afraid of not being heard? I know that both my 4yo and my 7yo crank ...
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My toddler calls me "Mommy", but I'm his father

I have a son going through this phase... started addressing me as something halfway between "Mom" and "Mamá" (his mother is a native Spanish speaker, I've studied a certain amount of Spanish) at 14 ...
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My toddler calls me "Mommy", but I'm his father

Yes, this happened to us with our eldest son. He was slow learning to talk and didn't see the use of it, as his parents were clairvoyant anyway. Not. We were however, very good at discerning his ...
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