2 year old calling me 'papa' instead of 'mama'. Is that common?

He's a bit of a slow starter with talking, but is going through a great spurt in that area. New words are appearing every day. So I'm not worried, I just think this is odd.

He'd been calling his dad 'papa' (the word for 'dad' in Dutch) for almost a year now, but 'mama' wasn't happening yet. I assumed that was in part because I'm always there, he doesn't feel the need to ask about me. But now I'm suddenly papa too? Even mums in books are now all 'papa'.

Is this common at his age? He turned 2 years old last September.

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  • 6 years ago

    Maybe his sinus is blocked so he might have been saying mama but it sounds like papa. If that is not the case then maybe try see if he can pronounce other words with the letter M. See if he actually can pronounce the letter M properly. If he can then maybe he just really wants to call you papa.

    If you notice that he can't actually pronounce the letter M, it is time to get him checked and you might need a speech therapist.

  • 6 years ago

    That's sounds a little concerning. I'm a nanny and the little boy I used to watch had the same habit and also had delayed speech but we discovered that he learning/intellectual disabilities and with it came the fact he had a difficulty understanding that different people had different names. He called me, his, his dad and everyone else

    daddy. But that's just his situation of course.

  • 6 years ago

    Very common I do it all the time when I am having super kinky butt sex somthimes i forget the safeword and she hurts me and i can't sit down 4 a week

  • Anonymous
    6 years ago

    I'll get you in bed and call you mama >:D

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  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    He probably thinks you guys are gay dudes. Do in look like a guy by any chance?

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    6 years ago

    It sometimes happens so. No worry he will correct it soon.

  • 6 years ago

    Why does it matter - you feel left out?

  • Anonymous
    6 years ago

    Haha, maby you look like one! LOL *****

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