Mama Or Dada: Which Word Was First?

Mama Or Dada: Which Word Was First?

Did you compete with your other half over whether your baby's first word would be 'Mama' or 'Dada'?!

It seems Kim and Kanye did when it comes to baby Saint West's first word. Kim told People magazine:

"He said 'Dada' today, three times and I was like: 'What?' Kanye was so excited. He was like 'I told him to say that. I was like, 'I just really wanted him to say Momma first'."

Now in general I try not to dwell on the West / Kardashian clan when it comes to parenting stories but this did make me smile because I remember pretending to jostle with my husband over whether our babies would say 'Mama' or 'Dada' first - and even which of us they'd take their first steps towards.

It's all good-natured silliness, of course. In truth my heart probably melted more when I watched my babies ask for their Dada than it did when they uttered my 'name' - but nonetheless nothing quite beats the buzz of hearing your baby utter their all-important first words, does it?

As I recall, my firstborn's first word turned out to be 'BOGGIES' anyway - uttered when we got locked out of the in-laws' house and the dogs inside started barking like crazy with happiness over our arrival.

So yeah, both 'Mama' and 'Dada' took a backseat in the end over the family pets. I tried not to take it personally.

So what what was your baby's first word, and did you vie with your other half to get your baby to say your 'name' first?! Or did your other half resort to dirty tricks - Kanye-style - like urging your little one to say 'Dada' while your back was turned?

We'd love to hear your stories of competing to be the focus of your baby's first words - leave us a comment below or join the conversation over on our Facebook page... and tell us all about which of you 'won'.

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  • Paula J.

    All three of my babies said mama first!

  • Alex P.

    My eldest was mum first youngest was dada first. :blue_heart::blue_heart:

  • Andrea L.

    My son said dada and my baby girl said mama a few weeks ago!

  • Anna H.

    Dada :purple_heart:

  • Paula W.

    'Yeah' was my daughters first word lol followed by 'mama'. My son was 'mama'.

  • JoJo R.

    My youngest said Cat lol xx

  • Claire M.

    Only got mama off my youngest! My middle was papa and my eldest granda!!

  • Fiona S.

    Mama :)

  • Cheryl F.

    First son said dada and second son mama

  • Rebecca M.

    Both of mine said "mama " :-) xx

  • Sophie W.

    My daughters first word was blue :) xx

  • Danielle C.

    Babies 1,2,3 said Dada first. My 4th is 7 months and said mama first. :heart_eyes:

  • Nikki B.

    Both mine sed nana 1st... :( xx

  • Christina S.

    Both girls said mama dad was away so much

  • Donna W.

    Dada and refused to say mama for about 3 months after :joy::joy::joy: xx

  • Kathryn M.

    dada all blooming four

  • Rochelle P.

    My first boy said dad then dog lol my 2nd has recently started saying mum but he also calls his dad "mum" too

  • Tracey V.

    My two boys said dadda first and my daughter said momma first

  • Alison D.

    My eldest said mama first, my youngest has been saying dada for months, says nana and hiya but still refuses to say mama! :disappointed_relieved:

  • Sam B.

    All 5 of mine said Dada first x

  • Lucille B.


  • Rebecca H.

    my little boy said mum and then a couple of seconds later said mum ma at 6 months followed by granma at 6 months (for grandma) then at 7 months dada, more, nononono. around 9 months said nana and hihihihi. at ll months dog, and now light and car at 12 months lol

  • Kay S.

    Both mine said mama first :)

  • Julia B.

    My daughter said bum bum as I sang it to her when changing her bum bum!!

  • Jess D.

    Dada was first for months she has just recently mastered mama but she only says it when she's miserable lol when she's happy it's dada

  • Stephanie L.

    Mama was my 12 year olds first word prob cause I just kept saying it over and over again and hiya was my 5 year olds that was because I used to say hiya to him every time I walked into the room, even if I was only gone for seconds cause it made him smile!

  • Debby D.

    Dada for ages then belly now she can say night night granddad and dad but at 16 months still can't say mam...

  • Lee H.

    Mama was first, now she says mummeee, but to be fair, thats what she calls me and her daddy :grinning:

  • Lindsay B.

    Hoover first word eldest, ball, first word for youngest

  • Kirstin S.

    I would like articles like this to include what constitutes an infant speaking rather than making random noises

  • Hazel T.

    Eldest said dada first, middle said hiya first and youngest (8.5 month) has still to say his first word :blush: I'm hoping it's mum though lol

  • Claire H.

    Dada and only Dada (unless coaxed lol) till she was about 15 months, from thereafter mama. Typical he gets it at an age when saying dada is just an endearment and for his attention and followed with big a days mama is usually followed by mama I want pee pee, mama I hungry, mama I no like it, mama I no want it, mama I no want to sleep :joy::joy:

  • Iona M.

    My eldest first word was Mummy :heart: then daddy. She's now 2 and doesn't stop haha

  • Louise W.

    My dauters first word was Hello then dadda and my son's first word was mama.

  • Katie T.

    Eldest said 'jaja' (grandad) first, go figure. Second said 'dada' closely followed by 'bob' which is mama, I am still called either dada or bob. Third is just starting the talking journey, daddy has been kept away to try to actually get a 'ma' sound but oh no, daddy walks into the room says to our son 'say dada' and out it comes! That said, if anyone counts gurgles, if you repeatedly say I love you a baby will copy that from about 3 months old, eldest it sounded like 'ahh ooh oohhh' second wouldn't do it, third it sounds like 'A gahh goohhh' it does take a bit of the sting out of the dada thing.

  • Karen F.

    My eldest son's first word was "milk". I came fifth after dad, cat and car.

  • Claire B.

    My youngest's first word was dada. I spent weeks coaxing her to say it, I wanted her to say dada first as I knew how much it would mean to my husband as she's his first child, he cried when she finally shouted "dadada!" at him ha ha. My eldest said mama first.

  • Gemma M.

    Ain't it funny. My daughters first word was daddy. But now all she shouts it mummy for like everything x

  • Lydia T.

    My first boy who is nearly 8 months - everything is 'dada' no matter how much I encourage him to say mama, he laugh's and says 'dada' :-D

  • Heather P.

    Daughter said mama first and son said dada lol

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