A proud mum thinks she might have the world’s youngest talking baby – who said “hello” after just six weeks.
Little Berlenti Eid thrilled her family by saying the word 45 days after she was born.
Video shot on October 5 shows the magical moment – which left mum Somer Galal, 30, and gran Beverly Galal, 70, delighted.
Berlenti, from San Francisco, California, then repeated the feat three days later in front of dad Omar Eid, 31.
Babies generally say their first words between the ages of 10 and 14 months.
British tot Charlie John Taylor-Mullington made headlines in 2020 when he said “hello” at eight weeks old. But Berlenti appears to have beaten him – which Somer, an architect, said is “incredible”.
She said: “It was the most heart-warming moment. She might be the world’s youngest talking baby. At first no one would believe me. I even wondered if I was just a crazy mother.
“But in the second video she says it three or four times and she says it regularly now. She might not know what it means, but she sees us smile and says it again.
“If I’m distracted from her she says it to get my attention, so I’m sure she’s using words to communicate. It’s amazing because her name means ‘brilliant’.”
Berlenti, who was born weighing 8lbs 9oz on August 21, has most of her chats while having her nappy changed. And Somer said of the first ‘hello’: “I was so shocked. I was playing with her and we were just watching her.
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“I just started saying ‘hello’ to her. I don’t really know what I expected. I said to my mum, ‘Wouldn’t it be funny if she said hello back?’.
“It’s lovely how she’s a typical girl – gossiping in the toilets. She gets really enthusiastic now when it’s change time.
“Omar didn’t believe me – so he was very pleased when she said hello to him too.”
Berlenti always coughs or sneezes before talking, said Somer, who thinks that’s her daughter exploring her vocal chords.
She says she is also teaching her daughter to count and play piano – despite her tender age.
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Somer said: “I put my finger up and say ‘one’ and she puts her finger up too. I think she’s just mimicking me – but it’s still very cute!
“I put her hands on the piano keys and press them to show she can use her hands to make the noise. I don’t think she’s understood that yet but she smiles when she hears the sound.
“Maybe all babies are capable of this but we don’t look for it because we’re expecting them to just eat and sleep. Or maybe she’s a genius – I’m open to all possibilities.
“It’s interesting that at my first scan the doctor commented that her brain development was really advanced. I thought they were being encouraging but maybe she’s a little prodigy.”
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