Your Babys First Word Will Be DADA by Jimmy FallonThe book itself is kind of cute, but heres why Im giving this book one star: the only thing selling this book is the name on the cover. There is actually no story here. So saying that Jimmy Fallon wrote this book is laughable. OK. Yeah. He had an idea for a childrens picture book. Whatever. But then for the publisher to make the incredibly ungracious decision to not only leave the illustrators name off the cover but also include no bio information of the artist on the back flap next to Jimmys? Not cool.
Jimmy Fallon seems like a really gregarious, unassuming sort of person. I have a sense that these types of decisions were purely from those in the marketing department. Regardless, the decisions that were made to go against the normal conventions of a childrens picture book make Jimmy out to be an ungracious ego maniac. If youre a celebrity and youre going to tout yourself as an author, then fine, be an author. But dont pretend to be an author while everyone else does the work and you just slap your name on the cover. Again, not cool.
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Dada vs. Mama: The Science Behind Baby’s First Word
Your baby's first words are likely to happen after a few months of vocalizing and verbal experimentation, from coos to growls to sing-songy combinations of vowels and consonants. But listen closely and one day you'll hear it: the first "real" word. By 8 months, your baby will probably start stringing together "ma-ma" and "da-da" sounds without necessarily knowing what they mean. But when those sounds start to transform into words with meaning, it's a developmental milestone that feels like magic. Looking for more fun firsts? Visit our Milestones Center! Babies start talking — that is, attempt to express themselves in words with meaning — anywhere between 9 and 14 months.
As babies babble, we reinforce the sounds that sound familiar by clapping, cheering and smothering them with kisses. My personal experience with my own four children has been that mama came first; but my professional experience has been quite the opposite. Either way, babbling is a crucial milestone ; reinforcing babbling, whether it is mama, dada or baba, is an important part of promoting communication and normal speech development. This type of vocal play is crucial practice for learning how to speak and form words. Lack of babbling is an important sign to reach out to a speech therapist for a consultation. Now that my fourth child is six months old and starting to babble, I am excitedly anticipating which will be his first word. Will he follow in the path of his brothers or will he set a new brave a new frontier and give his dad the joy of being first?
When babies start to coo and gurgle, parents listen attentively, waiting for the magical sounds they want to hear — their name. But who comes first, Mama or Dada? While open to speculation among parents, research suggests there is a clear winner. But difficulty or not, the first person a child identifies is not who people usually think it will be. Tardif and colleagues found in over babies, age 8 to 16 months from English, Cantonese, and Mandarin speaking homes, Dada was the most common first person identified. Mama is not far behind but it does lead to questions as to why in mixed gender homes, Dada seems to come first?