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What Is The Most Common First Word For Babies? [SOLVED]

Snow related her son’s woes with mawh in a 1988 essay about a problem faced by parents and scholars of early child language alike: There’s no bright line between baby babbling and first words 🙌 Rather, wordlike forms wriggle one by one from the phonological mush like proto–land animals crawling from Cretaceous seas 🙌 More might sound like mawh, light might sound like dai, and all done might sound like a-da 😎 As a result, a baby’s true first word can be hard to pin down 😉 To grant a wordish form any status, you have to account for children’s control of their tongue, lips, and jaw, but also what they think words do. They might say something consistently in a certain context even if it doesn’t sound like anything adults would recognize as a word, so does that count? What about something mimicked? What about a name? [1]
After holding a baby in your arms, the next most awaited moment is to hear your baby speak to you! Imagine, you suddenly hear your baby say “bye” to a stranger during a park visit! After months of squeals and shrieks, has your wait ended? Finally, your baby has reached this next milestone, Whoopie! Like most parents, you expected your baby to say “ma ma” as the first word. It may also happen that your baby spoke “bye” the other day and didn’t utter another word for a couple of weeks. Was that a squeal misinterpreted? Or did they actually speak their first word? Let us look into the most common first words of a baby. (we really thank Christiaan Craven from Hanzhong, China for telling us). [2]
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To understand this we need to put these words into developmental context. Shyness instincts in a baby start to appear ideally at age 6 to 7 months. At this time they will demonstrate a clear preference for a primary caretaker. By age 8 to 9 months they will ideally be on their way to demonstrating object permanence, meaning they understand that if someone goes away that they can also reappear again. Babies at this age also begin to understand causality meaning they see they have an impact on the world through their actions. For example, they start to understand that their coos can draw a parent near as well as their cries. This is important as far as the naming process goes. For a child to start to name things, objects need to take on a more permanent form. (edited by Daniel T. From Mosul, Iraq on August 26, 2021) [3]
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Body parts get frequent attention, especially “nose” and “eye.” And clothing often follows suit: “hat” or “shoe” (amended slightly for easier pronunciation). Reinforce this vocabulary by incorporating it into your dressing-the-baby routine. She’ll know what words to expect because she’s been hearing them on a regular basis. Songs can also be a hit, especially if you’ve been singing your baby catchy ones with fun sounds. If you suddenly hear him calling, “E, I, E, I, O,” be sure to answer with a verse or two of “Old MacDonald Had a Farm.” (Another catchy tune is the Mexican folk song “Cielito Lindo ” – known in some circles as the Frito Bandito song.) [4]
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Article References

  1. https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2019/04/babies-first-words-babbling-or-actual-language/588289/
  2. https://www.beingtheparent.com/most-common-first-words-of-a-baby/
  3. https://macnamara.ca/portfolio/mama-or-dada-what-do-babies-say-first-and-why/
  4. https://www.mom365.com/baby/getting-baby-talking/common-first-words
Mehreen Alberts

Written by Mehreen Alberts

I'm a creative writer who has found the love of writing once more. I've been writing since I was five years old and it's what I want to do for the rest of my life. From topics that are close to my heart to everything else imaginable!