DC2 is about to the age in which ze starts saying things, so I got to wondering what are the early words that babies say.
Fortunately, there’s research on this topic. I came across a 2008 article from some psychologists at Stanford that includes a chart titled, Rank-Ordered Top 20 Words for Children Who Can Say 1–10 Words on CDI and Percentage of Children Producing Them, by Language
It’s Table 4 if you click that link. They include Hong Kong and Beijing’s words as well.
Here’s the words for the United States (copied from Tardif et al. 2008).
(n = 264)
My first word (not counting Ma’s and Da’s) was the same as my oldest’s first word, “Hi” there on the list. DC2 hasn’t gotten to “Hi.” Months ago DC2 was saying key (for kitty) but that seems to have dropped out of the lexicon and has been replaced with Ca (for cat). Dog has been added. Ze says, “Yeah,” a lot to signal agreement. Ze can make three different sounds that dogs make — “bowwow” they taught at daycare, “woof” I taught hir, and DH taught hir panting [update: ze can also make stuffed dog make the slobbery dog kisses sound now, so that's 4]. Occasionally we’ll hear a ba for bottle, or a bana or nana for banana. Ze may be saying a lot more, but it’s awfully difficult to tell with the pronunciation. I remember that DC1 was really into animal sounds, especially barn animals, when ze started to talk in earnest.
Do you have any cute baby word stories? What was your first word? Were your first or your children’s first (if applicable) on the list?