a first words wordles – baby talk in the first 18 months

April 19, 2013 at 2:30 pm 7 comments

E’s first word at 6 months old was ‘Mumma’.  ‘Dadda‘ followed about a month later and ‘(l)ook‘ at 9 months (seen here being put to good use pointing out trees in the park).  When he had his 12 month development check the Health Visitor commented on how advanced his language was – he’d dropped ‘cat‘, ‘George‘ and ‘blueberries‘ casually into the conversation and when she left chirped ‘bye‘ and what sounded like ‘lady‘.  We thought nothing of it until a few other mums with children the same age as E started showing concern at how few words their babies were saying.Euan's first words wordle
It’s so easy to forget  your baby’s ”firsts” and when trying to recall the first fruit he ate, steps he took or tooth he cut I know exactly which photograph to go back to.  For speaking we have some video clips of E  but I wanted to capture more of the whole picture around how E’s learning to communicate.  The wordle above lists the words he  knows to date and the order in which he learnt them (largest first, to smallest most recently).  He understands many more words than this but these are the ones he says unprompted and acts upon independently.  If you’d asked me how many words he knows I would have guessed around 20 but having spent the last week jotting them down he’s actually up to 50*.  It seems the Health Visitor was right as this is more than would be expected for a child of his age.Euan's most used words
This second wordle was created yesterday on his 15 month birthday and shows how frequently he uses his 50* words.  On and off are his favourite words as he moves around the house pointing out the lights and begging to be lifted up to flip the switch (for some strange reason Wordle didn’t list them).  He shouts Dadda at the slightest whisper of George being nearby.  And Doddo and Billa, in case you were wondering are two of our cats, Poppet and Billy.  The third cat Mikey has no name yet, just a finger wagged at him as E says ”no no no” because he’s always trying to steal his food.
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It’s been so interesting seeing E’s language develop.  I began baby signing with him when he was about 6 months old and he soon grasped that squeezing your fist open and closed, like milking a cow,was how to tell me he wanted some milk.  He was very polite about it up until a month or so ago when he was ill with a prolonged cough and worked out tugging my top was a more immediate way of communicating!  He’s stopped signing since he’s become more verbal and now says ‘‘two two’‘ if he wants milk (picked up from me saying ‘other side, always two’ when switching sides for his bedtime feed).  I’m in awe of how baby brains grow and develop right before your eyes.
It’s only right that E should have the last word – if you were here in person to say ‘bye bye’ to it would be accompanied with a smacker planted firmly on the lips.  Such a charmer!

* 63, forgot to add George, no, hiya, there, wee wee, peepo, wow, row, boot, tea, right way, upside down

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  • 1. Nip it in the bud  |  April 20, 2013 at 5:42 am

    note to self: E’s words as he learnt them ….mumma, dadda, look, doddo (Poppet), duck, gack (quack), cat, bubble, bath, star, go, blueberries, up, down, gone, bye, uh oh, bear, George, on, off, more, baba, nana, gaga (grandad), hole, baa baa, moo, two, turtle, blackbird, badger, ta, hot, nose, eyes, ears, book, out, teeth, ticktock, brush, achooo, neigh, poo poo, no, hiya, upstairs, ssss, Billa (Billy), hair, there, wow, wee wee, row, boot

  • 2. Angela  |  April 20, 2013 at 10:08 am

    I just came across your blog for the first time and found this pretty interesting. My son is almost the same age and even has the same name! He doesn’t say any recognisable words at all. He can understand a lot though so I’m not worried and he uses his own sounds to communicate when he wants something or sees something interesting. He’s also being brought up bilingual and I’ve heard from other parents that bilingual children often speak later.

  • 3. Sarah  |  April 20, 2013 at 11:35 am

    What a lovely post! So nice to see how E’s getting along! Hope you’re all well x

  • 4. skolrudfamily  |  April 20, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    Thanks for the comment on my blog! Your E is the cutest thing! Love how articulate he is – you ‘ve inspired me to create a wordle of my own for my little N. =D I’m now following you. =)

  • 5. nic@nipitinthebud.co.uk  |  April 21, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    Angela – how lovely to hear from a fellow mum especially as we’ve not come across any other Euan’s yet :o) thanks for stopping to share your thoughts. Little ones have an amazing aptitude for making themselves understood don’t they. Bringing your son up to be bilingual will be such a gift for him – my nephew and niece are German and as you’ve noticed their speech was a little slower to get off the ground but once they were using words they just flew with it. They are such bright kids and very eloquent talkers now at ages 9 and 11 and I’m sure learning a second language at such a young age sparks the brain in so many other ways we can’t know the benefits of until they are older.

    Sarah – always lovely to hear from you :o) We’re good thanks having finally ridden ourselves of the winter bugs – long may the spring sunshine continue I say!

    N’s mum – have fun with the wordles – they’re so simple and so creative, they make nice personalised cards and posters for people too. Enjoy your beautiful N – I wonder what her first words will be?

  • 6. Kate  |  May 15, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    Oh wow! Now I’m worried about Ted who, at 11 months, doesn’t really say anything recognisable..! He burbles a LOT and often says ‘dadda’… but not usually related to his dad, just very random! He does seem to understand quite a lot though, and also pulls at my top when he wants milk – they’re so subtle aren’t they?!

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