The Last of the Baby Words

Watching B get older I realized how fast they grow out of the baby words they use. I don’t mean baby talk but their own made up or mix up words. A couple of B’s last ones were “Milky” for milk and “Strawby Strawby” for strawberry and “Hanky” for his blanket. I remember when B went in for Kindergarten testing and the teacher pointed to a glass of milk and he said “Milky!”. She looked at me then B and said, “We call it milk. He should start calling it milk because he will be made fun of in school if others hear him calling it milky.” My heart sank. I wanted to plea with her that it was his last baby word but I knew better. The word took a week or so of correcting to drop but he switched over. However, I doubt he would have been made fun of seeing that a few kids in his class still spoke legit baby talk! Let me tell you, this was my first experience with kids picking up crap from other kids and bringing it home. Breaking him of copying his peers from baby talk about bruised his backside. That was annoying!

M is now getting to the age where those made up words are drifting away. He used to say “Mish-u-een” for machine and I noticed that he uses the correct terms or sounds now and it’s a small reminder that he’s growing up. In the last few days I’ve heard him say “Efelant” for elephant and “Cheap Cheap” for baby chicks. Today he was trying to make me a promise about good behavior which I never fall for but it’s fun to hear him say “I square mom! I square!”. He means to say he swears.

I think I would start getting sad and teary about watching my boys age but I have K to follow in their foot steps so in another year I’ll have another full vocabulary to try and decipher and take notes of in a baby book.

What are some of your favorite words that your kids created?

2 thoughts on “The Last of the Baby Words

  1. My Cole used to shorten long words by dismissing the middle syllables. For example, he called motorcycles mocles. Caleb felt the first sound of words were up to his discression. The three kids, whos names all begin with “C” were called Oley, Wally and Caleb.

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