17 Wacky First Words Out of Babies' Mouths

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babyIf there's one thing new parents really get competitive about, it's baby's first word. Mom wants the little person she carried for all those months to say "Mama" first. Dad, of course, is working every angle to get kiddo to say "Dada."

I've seen parents sit their baby down and spend a half hour (or more!) trying to coax their name out of the poor kid. I hate to break it to the parents who do that, but you're just making yourself crazy. Your baby is going to drop that first big word -- usually sometime after their first birthday -- and what they say is going to be totally up to them.

Heck, a quick poll of parents showed kids come up with some pretty goofy stuff. So don't fret if your kid said your partner's name first. You could have gotten one of these:

1. My son's first word, or rather words, were "Ready, set, GO!" Whenever he said that, we were in a panic to see what he was throwing or jumping off of!

2. All my kids said "Land Rover" as their first words. Their pronunciation sucked, but that's what they said.

3. My brother's first word was "turtle."

4. Quack, quack.

5. My husband trained our son to say "light" since that was his first word!

6. Banana.

7. My son's first word was duckie.

8. My son's first was go (and he hasn't stopped yet) ...

9. My daughter's first word was shoe.

10. Ball. When both parents are physical ed. teachers, that's what you get.

11. My son's was gecko (while we were in Florida).

12. My daughter first said Newnen (after our cat named Newman).

13. My younger sister didn't utter a first word. She uttered a first sentence. Her first words were "what dat?"

14. My daughter's was "pocketbook" -- I kid you not! And she is the least girly girl you will find.

15. Mine was squirrel, who knows why!

16. My son's was "nasty." Only word he's ever said, but he said it twice!

17. My son's first word was "Noooooo." Not "No" but "Nooooooo!"

Did you manage to get your baby to say your name first or did they come up with something outlandish too?


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nonmember avatar FarmersWife

16 things..., 5 and 17 are kinda similar :)

My inlaws have a one year old they're worrying about because she's not talking yet. Only, while visiting I heard mamama and dada. They're not understanding her words yet though!

LoveM... LoveMyTiny

My little sisters was "I know" :)

Amanda Thomas

Mine was "fuck. 

My son's was "Caillou".  *sigh*

small... smallfryes

When my first child was 8 months, we gave her a small piece of licorice.  She chewed it, swallowed, looked directly at both my husband and I and said 'more.'  We had to laugh about that one for quite some time.

That being said, I feel I need to add something here beause this is one of those things that really bothers me about mothers blogging and being on the internet. 


I have had 6 children, all ranging in age from 24 down to 2 (yes, I am 3 months shy of 50 and I have a toddler) and each is different.  My first spoke early and she did okay in school, never great.  She didn't go onto college.  I had another one who didn't really speak till 3 and she is now about to embark on her PhD in chemistry.  I have a boy who didn't talk till 4 and he is now in third grade and the teacher says he is far ahead of all the other kids.


small... smallfryes


What I'm trying to say is not that if your kid speaks late will they be a genius but that each child is different and not to take milestones too literally.  I see mothers getting freaked out if their child is 2 and hasn't spoken too many words.  They then take them to speech therapists and doctors and label the kid, etc.  Seriously, there really isn't a switch in the kid that flips on and if they don't speak by a certain time, then there must be something wrong with your kid and the switch is faulty.

I felt the need to say this because I am seriously getting tired of the sanctimommies who come in and say something is wrong with your child (and I swear I see this in the comments in every article dealing with speech in children on this partiular site) if they're not speaking by the required age and this sets the mother and child up for disappointment and a rough road ahead.

MammaSam MammaSam

There was Dada first, and hi, hey, mama, hello, bye bye. Dada was at 3 months and she was calling my best friend that bc her dad wasn't around, so we call him uncle Adam now. Lol. Then came hi and hey in the next few months. I honestly can't remember the exact age she said mama. Sad I guess, but she was a talker and said a LOT of things by then, so I didn't pay much attention to the when. These were all long before one yr. By one she was speaking in short sentances, some of her first phrases were 1 "are you ok?", 2"what's that?", and "whose that?".

Madel... Madelaine

My kids all said mamma first.

Serab... Serabelle

My first word was "quack" and my mom says I was holding a stuffed duck when I said it, so it wasn't some random noise. Then in the last year my niece started talking, and her first word was quack! I was a proud auntie that day, especially since I happened to be there when she said it :)

GwenMB GwenMB

Am I bad that I can't remember either of my boys' first words?  They are very verbal now, so I guess it doesn't really matter!

My DH's first sentance was "god damn that teddy bear" after he'd dropped it.

nekoy... nekoyukidoll

my uncle's was "mootse" (sp?)  translation: french for "god d@mn"

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