Skip Nav
Halloween Costumes 2018
We're Calling It Now: These Are the Most Popular Halloween Costumes For Kids This Year
Kid Shopping
Glittery Pink Vans Sneakers For Kids Exist, and They're Just Extra Enough
Kid-Friendly Recipes
22 Recipes That Reuse the Leftover Halloween Candy You'll Try to Hide From Your Kids
Best Heated Mattress Pad
bedding
This Heated Mattress Pad Is a Total Game Changer For Those Cold Ass Nights
Mom Gets Stuck in Spanx
New Mom
This Video of a Mom Unable to Get in — or Out! — of Her Spanx Is as Real as It Gets

Baby Talk: The 15 Most Common First Words

Baby Talk: The 15 Most Common First Words

He speaks! Few words are as eagerly anticipated as your baby’s first. After the initial excitement and cooing over his genius subsides, many of us wonder whether that first word was a common one. Wonder no more. We asked over 11,000 Circle of Moms members to share their baby’s first word, and here are the most common answers:

The 15 Most Common First Words

1. Dad (or Dada, Daddy, Papa, etc.)

2. Mom (or Mama, Mommy, Mum, etc.)

3. Hi (or Hiya, Hey, Heya, Hello)

4. Buba (or Bub or Baba)

5. Dog (or Doggy, Puppy)

6. Ball

7. No

8. Cat (or Kitty)

9. Nana

10. Bye

11. Duck

12. Ta (or Tata)

13. Baby

14. Uh oh

15. Car

Why These Words?

Not surprisingly, variations of dad and mom top the list, with 52 percent of surveyed respondents citing a first word related to dad (#1), and 35 percent of respondents offering up mom (#2).

Why do dads seem to get the first word honor more often? One reason is that the d sound is easier for babies to utter than the m sound. On that note, animal words starting with a hard consonant are also common first words, so don’t feel bad if your little one says duck (#11), dog (#5), or cat (#8) before mama!

ADVERTISEMENT

Other high-frequency first words are the ones baby hear us say a lot. If you're unaware of how frequently you say "uh oh" or "no," this can take you by surprise. And if you're chagrined that your baby's first word was no (#7), you may be comforted to learn that yes is far less common.

Also in this group are words moms may say frequently but never expect their little ones to repeat. Case in point: among the 11,000 moms surveyed, 10 share that their baby’s first word was a four-letter S-word that's a synonym for poop. Whoops!

Was your baby's first word surprising or funny?

From Our Partners
Mom's Infant Loss Photo Project
Photo of Boy With His Twin Brother's Ashes
Are Baby Walkers Safe?
Babies Born During Hurricane Florence
"Baby Shark" Song Origin
My Kids Aren't Too Young For Halloween
Halloween Costumes For Babies 2018
Best Baby Play Gym
Mom Has Maleficent-Themed Breastfeeding Photo Shoot
Pottery Barn Costumes For Babies
Rules of Visiting a Newborn
Best Dogs For Families
From Our Partners
Latest Moms
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds