One of the funnest things I’ve learned as a mom is baby talk. I had no idea that when I became a mom, I would start to sound like a sheep. When I started saying, “Ba-by wan-na ba-ba?” I had to laugh. All I really wanted to know is if the baby wanted his bottle.
I confess nothing makes me reach my falsetto like a baby’s chubby cheeks or a toothless grin. Before I know it, I start shortening words to help simplify English for my little learner. Instead of being the teacher, I start babbling the same noises my 9 month old son is already making. Instead of being a coherent mother, I look like a deranged monkey at the zoo. I use nonverbal utterances, and slur words, while I joyfully slaughter the English language. Before I know it I am making up a whole new vocabulary. Let me just say: I may be the reason my baby can’t speak English. Because I speak in “motherese,” he may only learn baby talk.
Baby Talk 101:
- Da-da: Father
- Ma-ma: Mother
- Ni-Nigh: Good night
- Belly/ Bellers: Stomach
- Gonna.get.chu: I’m going to get you
- Binky: stuffed animal, a pacifier, (a.k.a. something used to comfort small children)
- Ba-ba: Bottle of warm milk
- Goo goo gaa gaa: I still don’t know what this means
- Doggie: a furry pet
- Juice: Mother I want some Juice please!
- Bye Bye: Good bye
- Owie: accidentally hurting yourself
- Potty: toilet
- Passi: pacifier
- Niber Nights: good night
- Sissy: sister
- Nummy: This is very delicious
- Boo-boo: an injury
- Dipee: Diaper
- Piggies: toes (Ex: This little piggy went to market)