In fact, your tot’s language and speaking abilities rapidly improves when they are about 20 months of age. This is the period when junior pronounces more words and also learns new ones at a much faster rate.
While it’s best to use appropriate words to refer to body parts and situations, being Singaporeans, it is also not uncommon for us to invent our own baby lingo. Here’s a list of phrases all Singaporean parents are guilty of using…
Infographic: Rachel Lim
#1 Gai-gai or Jalan-jalan
Refers to going out.
#2 Eee! Or Eeyer
An exclamation uttered on clapping eyes on dirty things, such as a mess the kid has made, or places.
#3 Bom-Bom or Pong-Pong
Refers to bathing baby.
#4 Shee-shee, Wee-wee
Refers to peeing.
#5 Mmm-mmm, Ng-ng, Err-err
Refers to pooping.
#6 Gu Gu Jiao, Gu Gu Bird, Bird bird
Refers to the penis.
Used to discourage your tyke from exposing themselves or appearing in the nude (usually, the parent will use their forefinger to stroke their cheek downwards several times).
Refers to the act of patting (pat pat) baby to sleep.
Refers to sleeping or napping.
#10 Sio-sio, Sayang-sayang
Words used to soothe/comfort bubba if they have hurt themselves.
Used to describe a cooking activity during playtime.
An empty threat to dissuade your mini-me from doing something they shouldn’t (usually, a wagging forefinger accompanies this warning).
#13 Open Coffee Shop
Used to get a girl who is sitting with widespread legs to close them, such that her knees touch each other.
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