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Say Mama!

Tuesday, October 25, 2005
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It always seemed to me to be one of the most unfair things about motherhood. You carry around a baby for 9 1/2 months, go through labor and childbirth, lose sleep for months on end, and then -- when that baby starts talking -- one of the first words out of that baby's mouth is "dada," not "mama."

In her wonderful new book Why Babies Do That, Jennifer Margulis explains that your baby isn't being unappreciative for everything you have done for her. She simply finds it a lot easier to say "dada" than "mama."

Margulis notes that most babies also go a stage in which they call everything -- and everyone -- "dada."

"Once a baby actually says 'dada' to mean "daddy," she may so delight in the association of the word with her father that she will call every man who walks down the street 'dada,' [a] disconcerting trend for parents but one that makes good sense to the baby. In this case, "dada" means "man" or even "person," and perhaps "father."

| posted by Ann D @ 10:25 AM