Three-month-old baby learns to say mum and parents put it down to playing music

Little George Shearer is just 14 weeks old but he can already say mum.

His parents Heather, 27, and Andrew, 25, from Glasgow, heard him say it when he was 12 weeks old and at first, they weren’t sure if it was just a bit of the usual baby babble.

But after repeating it to him, they realised that he was saying it back in response.

It’s not the baby’s only surprising skill for his young age – he already grips his bottle to feed himself and he has been holding his head up to watch TV since he was three weeks old.

George, who was born on February 5, is the couple’s first child and initially, they were unsure if it was normal for babies to reach these milestones so quickly.

But after researching, they realised that most don’t do these things until they are much older.

Heather and Andrew think George’s skills could be down to playing classical music to him while she was pregnant and think it’s helped with his development.

Heather tells ‘Andrew heard him say mum first when he was talking to him and I wasn’t convinced straight away.

‘I thought he was maybe just making some noise but as the days went on, if we said it to him he would say it back and now he just randomly shouts it.

‘He watches our mouths when we speak to him and we think he’s trying to concentrate on how our lips move so he can try and replicate the sound.’

Before he said his first word, he’d already unexpectedly started to feed himself at 10 weeks old.

Heather adds: ‘He has a bottle at 6 am every morning and one morning he just put his hands either side of the bottle and grabbed it.

‘Again I was unsure if it was just an accident but he now does it most of the time unless he is overtired or feeling a bit grumpy. 

‘I’d never seen a baby do these things before though and thought it was quite special so googled it and most things on the internet say he shouldn’t be reaching these milestones for a good few months yet.

‘We just laugh in disbelief sometimes at how clever he is but I try and catch it all in pictures and videos. I have to try and do it sneakily as if I hold the phone directly in front of his face he just tries to grab it and forgets what he was originally doing.’

When Heather was pregnant, she played The 50 Greatest Pieces of Classical Music by The London Philharmonic Orchestra or Classic FM to her bump after reading about studies that said it can make babies smarter.

She adds: ‘He would kick every time there was music on and we had read an article that suggested classical music helped to stimulate babies in the womb.

‘We think this may be why he is reaching these milestones so quickly. He is also in a great routine and sleeps through the night which we think helps his brain develop as he is so well rested.’

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