The Toddler Dictionary

Now that Dexter is getting more talkative, we’ve been over the moon at his newfound communication skills. But there are still some major difficulties to overcome. The kid definitely has his own way of getting through to you.

Right now, I can generally tell what it is he’s trying to tell me because I’ve been dealing with it on a day to day basis. Mark isn’t quite as good, as most of the time Dex comes to ME to ask for things. So in an effort to make it easier on everyone (and let’s face it – to document the adorable stage he’s going through so he can read all about it later) I have decided to put together a toddler dictionary of all the “words” he knows.

Animals

Pah Pah – This is one of his longest running words. Apparently it means duck. He associates animals with the noises they make, and for some reason “Quack Quack” was always “Pah Pah.” Of course, now pah pah has morphed into ANY bird he sees.

Oooo – Going by the noises they make, an “ooo” is a cow. The M has not made it into his verbiage yet.

Mommy – Rather frustratingly for me, Dexter is keen to hold up any pig he finds and declare it as “Mommy.” You can imagine how flattered I feel. He does do a rather adorable pig snort, though…

Ooh Ooh – Monkey

Rawr – Though a rawr started as a lion, it now is all encompassing for any animal that roars. Dinosaurs, tigers, and any ferocious cats are Rawrs.

Aah Aah – I’m not sure how this one started, but this is a frog. I think he has a toy frog that looks very similar to his toy monkey, and so he makes a similar noise for them.

Dah – Dog. Easy.

Dexter has a Rawr on his shirt.
Dexter has a Rawr on his shirt.

Food

Appy Soss – This was the first real progress word we noticed from Dexter. Obviously it means Apple Sauce. Unfortunately, he now uses it for EVERYTHING when he is hungry. “Appy Soss mommy” means he wants something to eat. Offer him apple sauce, and you might get your head bitten off.

Om Nom – This one is a catch-all phrase for something sweet. Pudding, cake, pancakes – they are all om noms.

Cheese – Cheese means cheese. But it also means please. When he says cheese, it means he either wants cheese, he’s begging for something or he’s smiling for the camera.

Ding – Drink. He’s thirsty.

Om Nom. It's chocolate!
Om Nom. It’s chocolate!

Activities

Leggo! – This one is thanks to Jake and the Neverland Pirates. He’s saying, “Let’s Go!” and it means he wants to be somewhere else.

Tabby Ta – I have NO idea how this one came about, but Tabby Ta means coloring with crayons.

Waw – Water. This is him asking to go into the pool or to take a bath. Weirdly, he knows what a bath is, but he still calls it a waw.

Yay – Of course he will shout yay when he’s happy or excited. But more specifically, the “Yay” is the playground. When he comes over and starts tugging your shirt saying, “Leggo mommy! YAY!” he’s insisting on a trip to the park.

Hap – Help. So cute.

O’toole – Not an Irish Pub he frequents, but a demand to watch Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. He’s trying to say, “Oh Toodles!”

Toop – Means “change my diaper… I pooped.” I think it might be time to potty train.

Shoose – Shoes. Kid wants to go somewhere and needs his kicks.

Shit – Not what you think! This is Dexter’s way of telling you to sit down!

In the Waw, Dexter loves to play!
In the Waw, Dexter loves to play!
He's a big fan of the slides at the yay.
He’s a big fan of the slides at the yay.

People

Mommy – Means mommy. Except when it means daddy.

Daddy – Means daddy. Except when it means mommy.

Daniel’l – Daniel.

Baby – Daniel.

Butter – Brother. Also known as Daniel.

Bubby Woan – Baby Rowan. My friend Amy’s daughter and one of Dexter’s favorite people.

A E – Amy. Dexter’s second mommy and one of his best friends.

Aww. It's Dexter's favorite friends. Bubby Woan, A E, and Baby Daniel'l.
Aww. It’s Dexter’s favorite friends. Bubby Woan, A E, and Baby Daniel’l.
And he really loves his butter.
And he really loves his butter.

Toys

Pee Pee – Key. I have a Cars keychain which he loves to play with, and for some reason he can’t say key. So he says Pee Pee. Highly embarrassing in public!

Tar – Car. You would think he would say this when he wants the Cars keychain.

Bah – Ball. Or Box. You need to look for context clues to figure out which one he means.

Playing with the Bah in the Waw.
Playing with the Bah in the Waw.

Emotions

Luh Too – “Love you, too.” Also, “Love you.”

Kish – Kiss.

"Luh too, mommy."
“Luh too, mommy.”

What words do your kids use that make no sense? I’m curious as to just how ridiculous my kid actually is. Share your best toddlerisms with me!

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Katie Reed

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Katie Reed is a 38 year old mom blogger from Salt Lake City, UT. She is married to the man of her dreams and together they have four beautiful boys. Dexter is 9, Daniel is 7, Chester is 5 and Wilder is 2. She writes about living with mental health issues while navigating motherhood. Her blog focuses on tips and tricks for moms, information and parenting news, kid-friendly recipes and crafts. She loves to reflect on the humorous side of parenthood and shares the reality of her life, with a "warts and all" attitude.

33 Responses

    1. I seem to remember my brother saying “me member” as well! πŸ™‚ Crazy! Grace always seemed so well spoken whenever I saw her. Excellent tribute to her mama. πŸ™‚

    1. I seem to remember my brother saying “me member” as well! πŸ™‚ Crazy! Grace always seemed so well spoken whenever I saw her. Excellent tribute to her mama. πŸ™‚

  1. Oh, how sweet! I wish I would’ve made a dictionary of my daughters first words! It will be so neat for you to look back at this post in a few years. I’ve forgotten some of my baby’s language…she’s 8 now! πŸ™‚

    1. I imagine I will forget so many things as they get older, so I do try and keep track of it in some way. Whereas my mother kept baby books, I keep a blog! πŸ™‚ I guess it’s just as good. πŸ™‚

  2. Oh, how sweet! I wish I would’ve made a dictionary of my daughters first words! It will be so neat for you to look back at this post in a few years. I’ve forgotten some of my baby’s language…she’s 8 now! πŸ™‚

    1. I imagine I will forget so many things as they get older, so I do try and keep track of it in some way. Whereas my mother kept baby books, I keep a blog! πŸ™‚ I guess it’s just as good. πŸ™‚

  3. SO Cute – I wish I’d kept a list of z’s Toddler words early on, they change so quickly don’t they? You’ve just reminded me he used to call me “Mimi” for ages (well….after the phase where he called me Dada forever!) I love Om Nom for anything sweet!

    1. They definitely change quickly! He’s getting easier to understand all the time as he’s actually learning the proper words. πŸ™‚ That’s so cute to be called Mimi. Dex used to call me Katie because Mark always used my name. Frustrating. πŸ˜‰

  4. SO Cute – I wish I’d kept a list of z’s Toddler words early on, they change so quickly don’t they? You’ve just reminded me he used to call me “Mimi” for ages (well….after the phase where he called me Dada forever!) I love Om Nom for anything sweet!

    1. They definitely change quickly! He’s getting easier to understand all the time as he’s actually learning the proper words. πŸ™‚ That’s so cute to be called Mimi. Dex used to call me Katie because Mark always used my name. Frustrating. πŸ˜‰

  5. So glad you documented this! My kids said the most adorable things, and I just assumed I would remember it all. I didn’t. I don’t. And I didn’t document most of it. I love the list. Especially the Mommy for the pigs! That made me snort!! What a cutie!

  6. So glad you documented this! My kids said the most adorable things, and I just assumed I would remember it all. I didn’t. I don’t. And I didn’t document most of it. I love the list. Especially the Mommy for the pigs! That made me snort!! What a cutie!

  7. So glad you documented this! My kids said the most adorable things, and I just assumed I would remember it all. I didn’t. I don’t. And I didn’t document most of it. I love the list. Especially the Mommy for the pigs! That made me snort!! What a cutie!

  8. Very cute! My son spoke very clearly, but my two girls pronounce their Rs with Ws and are very creative with their words like Dexter. It’s so cute! The one that they all say and have actually gotten me saying is they call pancakes “panicakes”. The one I think is interesting is that my older daughter says “last day” instead of yesterday and my son did the same thing but he doesn’t anymore so it’s funny she would come up with the same thing.

  9. Very cute! My son spoke very clearly, but my two girls pronounce their Rs with Ws and are very creative with their words like Dexter. It’s so cute! The one that they all say and have actually gotten me saying is they call pancakes “panicakes”. The one I think is interesting is that my older daughter says “last day” instead of yesterday and my son did the same thing but he doesn’t anymore so it’s funny she would come up with the same thing.

  10. What a gorgeous list! Great that you’ve recorded all of it, because you would so forget them. Tiss was GG’s way of saying kiss and I still remember how cute it was. Thanks so much for sharing these on wot so funee πŸ™‚

  11. What a gorgeous list! Great that you’ve recorded all of it, because you would so forget them. Tiss was GG’s way of saying kiss and I still remember how cute it was. Thanks so much for sharing these on wot so funee πŸ™‚

  12. What a gorgeous list! Great that you’ve recorded all of it, because you would so forget them. Tiss was GG’s way of saying kiss and I still remember how cute it was. Thanks so much for sharing these on wot so funee πŸ™‚

  13. So lovely – I just posted about my daughters first ‘words’ – you really do forget if you don’t write it down. I particularly like his best Sean Connery words – shit and kish πŸ™‚

  14. So lovely – I just posted about my daughters first ‘words’ – you really do forget if you don’t write it down. I particularly like his best Sean Connery words – shit and kish πŸ™‚

  15. So lovely – I just posted about my daughters first ‘words’ – you really do forget if you don’t write it down. I particularly like his best Sean Connery words – shit and kish πŸ™‚

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