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T is for . . . The Top 5 Things My Toddler’s Talking About


These days, my 1-year-old has a lot to say. Mostly about cheese, but he has other interests as well. The mind of a toddler is a mysterious place. However, there are keys to this hidden kingdom, in the form of occasionally recognizable syllables, shining like Shakespearean sonnets in a sea of caveman-like grunts. And just what is on my little man’s mind? Here is a list of the top 5 things that would appear to be of utmost importance to him, based on his newfound ramblings.

1. His sippy cup. All day long we hear demands of “CUP CUP CUP CUP CUP.” It’s the first thing my son says upon waking in his crib, and the last thing he says before settling to sleep. I don’t know what it is about this BPA-free wonder. Maybe it’s the Kermit-green hue. Maybe he’s been brainwashed by Gerber. Maybe someone’s spiking his 2% milk. Either way, that cup is first and foremost on the little guy’s agenda.

 2. Cheese. Throughout the day, we are treated to incessant demands for “cheese” of all kinds. Oddly, the same response is elicited whenever my son sees a camera, at which point he dons a huge smile and belts out “C-H-E-E-S-E” as though he were modeling for Velveeta. Clearly, he has spent way too much time in front of a camera.

3. Food. Or, more specifically, “foo!” This linguistic triumph covers a plethora of culinary delights, from the aforementioned cheese to cookies (with strong emphasis on the latter). I’m pretty sure he has some sort of alarm implanted in his diaper that alerts him every time the refrigerator door opens. Either that, or the “foo” is covertly communicating with him in a pitch only toddlers can hear. Either way, that boy is hungry.

4. His shoes. When my son isn’t waxing philosophical about cheese, he’s sharing strong opinions about his shoes. Whether he’s demanding they be placed on his feet immediately, or he’s flinging them across the car, we are treated to myriad thoughts about footwear throughout the day.

5. Mama. This, of course, is my favorite of his verbal achievements. No matter what the context (as in “Mama, cheese!” or “Mama, cup!”), there are few words that make Mommy melt like this two-syllable masterpiece. Sure, he also says “Dada” and “Sis,” and those are nice too, I guess, but there’s nothing like the powerful eloquence of “Mama” to get me racing to the fridge to grab him more “foo.”

I’m sure, as my son grows, his vocabulary will expand, and we’ll learn more about what he’s really thinking. Until then, I’m content to enjoy these deep conversations about the finer things in life — food, drink, and every child’s favorite co-star, Mommy.

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  1. it’s #2 and #3 for me…. 😀

  2. I love todder talk! My six year old still pronounces his “r”;s as an “ow” and I secretly hope he never stops :)

  3. The things that come out of their mouths when they are young are so funny.. Mama should be one of those things they talk about.

  4. LOL @ “when my son isn’t waxing philosophical about cheese…” OMGoodness…too funny. I love when toddlers are first learning how to talk and expanding their vocabulary. I also love the lil’ blunders in pronunciation that they make. Very cute.

  5. I have a 23 mth old. Numbers 2 and 5 are still going strong!!!

  6. My toddler is in a similar stage right now too. He loves shoes and I am always finding mine all over the house thanks to him.

  7. My son are all grown up…but my youngest was stuck on saying…hungry hungry…I guess he was hungry or just like the word.
    Coffee is on

  8. oh how I miss the toddler age, My little ones are heading off to kindergarten, and after wishing for this age for years now I’m in tears wanting to turn back time lol

  9. They are so fun, even though they can be trying.

  10. I felt the same way when I heard the word mama. My firstborn used it in every single sentence at least once. lol

  11. The things kids come out with. The Queen visited our town yesterday and my little girl kept saying “that isn’t the queen, she doesn’t have a crown” and she still doesn’t believe it was the queen we saw

  12. I’ve worked with children more than 30 years – I wish I had kept a book of all the things they say!! Nice work!

  13. I’m hearing “brr brrm” and “na na na na” or “mo” all day, complete with signs for “cookie” (cracker in our house), “more”, or some combination. “na na na na” is usually for milk, “mo” is for more, and “brr brrm” might be for anything from berry (blackberry, strawberry, blueberry) to blocks to book :)

    So neat to watch Baby Boy’s language develop! :)

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  14. Our toddlers could totally be friends! They seem to have similar interests! Haha! Mine also walks around singing to himself all day. Totally cute!

  15. It’s #3 and Daddy for my little man.
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