Speaking Toddler-ese

On the home from school yesterday, Little Man and I had a conversation about his sister. Little Man was 6 when Baby Girl was born (they’re 9 and 2 now). We talked about her upcoming birthday (which is in June, but I’m already planning), when he commented that he missed the cute things she used to say when she first started talking.

“Do you remember how she used to say, ‘Hey, bo,’ to everyone?” Little Man asked.

I did. We were resigned to the idea, for a time, that it’d be in her destiny to rock pink camo.

“And how about all the crazy words she’d use?” LM asked. “Remember ‘Go-Go’?”

I chuckled. Ah, “Go-Go.” That one took a while to figure out, but eventually we realized she wanted to watch Frozen; specifically, the scene where Elsa sings Let It Go. She later upped the ante by calling every song in the movie “Go-Go,” and you’d have to figure out which song she wanted based on the inflection. I can’t remember it all, but it was something like “Go-Go” meant For The First Time In Forever and “Go-Go-Go” meant Olaf’s song.

I relayed my and Little Man’s discussion to my husband last night, which prompted us to talk about LM’s toddler vocabulary versus Baby Girl’s. LM started talking early — and talked very clearly, I might add —  so rarely were we confused when he’d ask for something. Have a look at some of Little Man’s words:

For the record, we didn’t feed Little Man only cereal when he was young. But, it’s been around 7 to 8 years since he was a toddler, and I’m struggling to think of anything else he called food that was either confusing or funny.

And now for Baby Girl. As you’ve probably gathered from the Go-Go info, the words she used for when she couldn’t say the right word weren’t always as easy to figure out as with Little Man. The easiest we got was her asking for balls, which meant she wanted an orange, an apple, blueberries, or grapes. So, even with that, there was still a bit of trial and error before we gave her the right thing.

Check out some of her more difficult words:

By the way — she still occasionally asks for bites. She does this when she wants something to eat, but doesn’t know what she wants and wants me to offer her a dozen things so she can decide. She’ll also ask for “a that” and expects me to do the same thing.

So, parents/caregivers/people who were once kids — do you have any cute/confusing words to share?

Author: Erika

I’m a SAHM to two kids. When I’m not doing all the typical mom things (diapers, soccer, etc.), I like writing, reading, and playing games. Clearly I live the life of a rock star.

14 thoughts on “Speaking Toddler-ese”

    1. They’re a hoot! When my brother was small, he couldn’t make the “tr” sound for whatever reason and replaced it with the “f” sound. Things got real interesting when he’d use *his* word to announce seeing a truck 😀

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  1. When my youngest daughter started talking about the crying tree I thought, “what in the world?” Then I realized she was talking about the weeping willow in our yard! This was many years ago as she is now 45!

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  2. I took a language acquisition course in college and found it fascinating how toddlers compile comprehension of words and ideas. Then I had kids. Words such as coches, gop, boowahwah and more were added to my vocab. I’ll be sure to write about this!

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  3. When my youngest was about 2 years old, I had to go have a hysterectomy – he would say – Mummy gonna have tundy cut-a-piece. Haven’t a clue as to how he came up with that.
    My oldests first sentence (at around 21 months) was “I’m emotional, I need Motrin” – I think this might be my fault because I would say to him, you are so emotional, perhaps you are teething, I will give you some Motrin.

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