I can't help noticing that a few of the mums at mum group say their 8/9 month old is talking. What they mean is that the baby can repeat a few words, perhaps mama, yes, etc. Now to me this is the development point of 'copying sounds' whereas talking is actually saying a word and understanding its meaning so not just repeating mama after it has been said to them or saying it blindly but saying it to gain their mothers attention or to point out who their mama is. I have loved my year off with my son but if there is one thing I wont miss it is that whole competitive nature of some of the mums. I am sorry but your baby can not 'talk'. Its as if these women have heard an imaginary gun and are off the starting line racing ahead when really all the other 'participants' in the race are just still sat on the line drinking tea and talking about stretch marks. You are on your own ladies! I am afraid you can not take credit for and live your life by your babies random mumblings. In the main whether your little one decides to pull themselves up on the sofa at 7 months or 11 months has nothing to do with you so put away your silly check list of your childs physical and mental abilities and start actually enjoying them. If people spent as much time developing their childs personality and charisma over thier ability to read/run/make utterances in Spanish/recite the periodic table we might actually have a more fun society!