Every new parent is focused on what their baby’s first word will be. Mothers and fathers battle over whether the baby will say “Mama” or “Dada” first. The big problem here is, Dada isn’t a word. Mama is. I know it’s just a matter of circumstance, but the fact remains, “dada” isn’t an officially recognized word. It’s a mispronunciation. If we’re going to count mispronunciations as words then your baby’s first word was likely something like “agggaaa” which we could interpret as a mispronunciation of the word “agar.” “Aggaaa” is just as valid phonetically as “dada” so if you’re not going to count other misspoken words then you shouldn’t count “dada.” If anything maybe you could say the baby said “dada” and it sounded more like “data” which is an actual word. “Dada” is much closer to “data” than “daddy.” I guess the question we have to ask is why is “mama” a word and “dada” isn’t? To babies, “Mama” is to “mommy” as “dada” is to “daddy” but to dictionaries, the male version of “mama” is “papa.” The problem is adults still sometimes use the word “mama” but no one except babies say “dada.” Bottom line: “dada” isn't’ a word and it doesn’t count. If your baby says “dada” it’s still got a ways to go before it achieves its first correct vocalized word, sorry that’s just how it is.
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