Mommy Words: A Guide for New Moms
As a new mom, you are in a constant state of learning as you go. While your baby is exploring the world around her and developing motor and language skills, you’re also discovering a whole new universe only open to parents. Part of this is picking up a new vocabulary of mommy words that you use with your baby – but you might not have been familiar with before you became a parent.
You may also notice that you talk to your little one in a different tone of voice than you normally use. The pitch of your voice goes up, and you draw out your vowels and pronounce your consonants more precisely. This way of speaking is called “parentese” – and research shows that it can actually help babies learn language! Babies enjoy listening to these sounds and watching the exaggerated expressions adults make.
Here is a list of mommy words you probably find yourself using often in your day-to-day life. What else would you add to the list?
Baba – Bottle
Beddy-bye / Go Nye-Nye – Go to sleep
Binky/ Paci / Soothie – Pacifier
Blankie – Blanket
Booboo/ Ouchie / Owie – Small injury, cut or bruise
Bubby – Brother
Caca / Doo-doo / Stinky – Dirty diaper
Dada – Daddy
Din-Din – Dinner or food
Jammies – Pajamas
Lovie – Comfort toy or blanket
Nappy – Nap (or diaper in the UK)
Num-Nums – Food
Oopsie – Small accident
Sippy – Baby cup
Sissy – Sister
Uppie – Getting picked up
Wawa – Water
Widdle – Little
Woofie /Woof-Woof – Dog