Say What? – Words of a Toddler

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I mentioned in a previous post about Things to Expect With a Toddler that talking is one thing that has really taken off with our daughter. Below you will find a short list of words my daughter is using. Note that this is not an exhaustive list and she seems to learn new words almost every day.

Our toddler is really a chatter-box. She will pick up a new word and use it all day long whenever she has the opportunity. Now some may ask if these words are actually in context and meaningful. Most of the time they are; when she says something she is usually referring to a specific object or action. Although there are times that she seems to just chatter away with no rhyme or reason (it’s pretty entertaining actually).

Here is the list of words she says regularly; this is just a subject of here vocabulary.

Toddler Phonetic SpellingMeaning
AhwahwahAurora (the name of her favorite stuffed animal, a dog)
Day DaDaDa, Daddy
Ma MaMaMa, Mommy
nih nihnight night



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  1. Sarah@teammomlife

    It is so exciting when they learn new words. Mine is a little over two and is taking off with talking. It can be problematic though because he seriously repeats everything you say and I mean everything.

    1. The Unexpected Dad Author
      The Unexpected Dad

      I agree, it can start to be difficult when they repeat everything. My daughter is saying so much more than she was when I wrote this article. There are times that she is trying to tell us something that we have a hard time understanding.

  2. Ashley

    How fun! Our toddler is mimicking a lot of what we do lately at 16 months and “Uh Oh!” is his go-to word for basically anything. He also says “Day-da” for Daddy. I find that really sweet!

    1. The Unexpected Dad Author
      The Unexpected Dad

      Hi Ashley,

      Ours is mimicking a lot more too now, something new every day is seems!


  3. Brian

    Fun times!

    I have a 15yo and a 3yo. I’m on both ends of the spectrum. You are in the best years. Everything is new and watching them learn is more exciting for you than it is for them. Enjoy it brother, kids are awesome!

    1. The Unexpected Dad Author
      The Unexpected Dad

      Thanks Brian! That’s true, I’m amazed at what my daughter learns every day. It is pretty exciting. Sounds like it’s pretty exciting for you though too.

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