By paparoach - 21/12/2014 07:59 - United States - Kapolei
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when you say dada out loud, point to yourself. he will eventually get it.
Excuse me while I get on my high horse here but if OPs son is very young, Dada is perfectly acceptable. Speech is a fine motor skill which children develop over their young childhood, however it does not start to become fine tuned until after five years old when the child has learned to control that muscle-the tongue. Yes it's true that you shouldn't baby talk your child when they're learning language skills, however there is a big difference between pointing to yourself and saying Dada so that your child starts to associate who you are with syllables that will later then into words, then speaking sentences such as "Wittle Whonny naanaa a cookie wookie" Infants and toddlers needs short syllable words to start their language development. Of course, there is nothing wrong with saying Daddy instead of Dada to your little ones but in my experience, parents who insist their toddler speak proper English end up having a preschooler who regresses in their speech down the road. TL;DR-I'm an early childhood educator and "Dada" is perfectly acceptable language for a toddler and infant.
You better teach him the real meaning of 'dada' soon. This could be your "Last Resort."