Toddler Speak: A Language All Its OwnLori Garcia
By the time our babies reach toddlerhood they begin to learn a thing or two about our primary spoken language. As their vocabulary grows, we parents quickly find a way to reach some kind of communication common ground. Common ground being our toddler’s butchered (and ever so adorable) version of said primary spoken language.
Chances are, you understand your toddler just fine, but for at least a little while – you might just be the only one.
When BooBoo started talking, I feverishly began of recording all his adorable mispronunciations because wow, that stuff is cute!
Throughout the early toddler phase, the following words and phrases made their way into our household lexicon:
plip plops: puppets
donbaddame: don’t bother me
yestermorrow: tomorrow (kinda still hoping that one takes off)
bin din: blanket
incontrol: remote control
peanuts: name for the male anatomy
Busses were called trucks and trucks were called tractors. For a while, cows were called dogs. To be a parent is to know these things and know them well. I know I’ve called a cow a dog on more than one occasion thanks to BooBoo, but maybe that’s because we live around a lot of dogs, err – I mean cows.
“Mommy incontrol Spunbotch! Ay-Ya my bin din [wailing cry]!”, meant “Mommy turn on SpongeBob, [my brother] stole my blanket [wailing cry]!”
I always wanted to be bilingual and now that I’m a mom, I am.
What are some of your favorite toddler words and phrases?
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