Common First Words

There is no precise recipe for the exact first word a child will say. But generally first words;4

  • consist of early sounds such as /B/,  /M/, /P/, /D/, /K/, /Ah/
  • contain simple syllables e.g. “ba”, “poppy”
  • frequent a child’s routine e.g. “da”, “ma”
  • child shows interest in the word e.g “dog”
  • contain a social component e.g. “bye”

Examples of typical first words may include:

[one_fourth] Foods
apple
banana
juice
cookie
milk[/one_fourth]

[one_fourth] People
ma
da
poppy
nana[/one_fourth]

[one_fourth] Sounds
moo
ba
choo choo
woof
quack
beep[/one_fourth]

[one_fourth_last] Routine
bed
shoe
bath [/one_fourth_last]

[one_fourth] Play
ball
book[/one_fourth]

[one_fourth] Animals
dog
cat
duck
bee[/one_fourth]

[one_fourth] Social
hi
bye
please
more[/one_fourth]

[one_fourth_last] Things that move
car
boat
choo choo [/one_fourth_last]

It is not written in stone any one of the words listed here must appear a toddler’s early vocabulary, but these are some of the more common.