I wonder how many readers clicked on this post and expected to read about a fancy method I’m using to teach my baby (17mo) to talk. Maybe sign language. Maybe teaching specific sounds.
(Is that even possible? I thought babies just learn how to make sounds randomly based on the frequency they hear them, hence why “mama” and “dada” are first said, then maybe “hi” or “no.”)
Well, no, I’m going to share some words Baby is saying so everyone can have a laugh at how well she’s learning from her older sister. (As I’ve said before, Toddler is a real “pro” at sharing with her sister and teaching her….)
Let’s preface this by saying Baby is talking up a storm. At 14 months she could say probably 25 words, and now at nearly 17m we’ve counted to 90 – and she adds about two words a day! And she says several phrases!
Contrast this to Toddler, who had five or six words by her second birthday and didn’t start talking in phrases until two weeks later. Now she’s not content unless every waking minute is filled with her talking or singing.
I suppose Toddler’s verbal influence on her younger sister was inevitable.
So Baby’s litany of words includes staples such as:
- hi and bye (also “bye daddy,” etc.)
- fork and spoon (“foon”)
- hot and cold
- shirt, pants, etc.
- apple and carrot
- more (the BEST word she could use – so handy during mealtime!)
- feet, eye, nose, hair, etc.
- dog, frog, duck, etc.
I’d categorize the above words as essential everyday words and phrases which come out of my husband’s and my mouth (and Toddler’s) regularly.
Now let’s move onto newer words which are almost exclusively in Toddler’s domain:
Yes, “poop.” Not only is that her newest word, it’s her clearest word by far. That “p” sound is so distinct that it makes “poop” sound practically like an onomatopoeia.
I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have taught that word to Baby until she was getting potty trained … although whenever I change her poopy diapers I probably say “poop,” don’t I? Oh, hell.
Let’s just hope she doesn’t blurt it out in public, loudly, as her personality tells me she’s likely to do.
But all of those words her older sister taught her are so sisterly, aren’t they? I can hear Toddler telling her older sister to stop hitting, or “NO” to stealing to toy from her hands, and asking for a cookie.
Kids … It’s always about pooping, NO, and STOP. Sigh. I can’t wait to hear what’s next!
What are some entertaining words your babies learned early?