My 10-month-old is now officially saying “mamma”; sometimes it’s “mammamamma” but she does say it when she wants my attention. I’m really happy; it really does move something inside when you hear it the first time.
Apparently it’s easier for kids to remember and to pronounce words with repeating syllables because those words stimulate their brains much more than others (you can find a more scientific explanation here). This may also explain why languages have evolved in such a way that words related to our babies’ worlds have repeating syllables. Besides the obvious “mamma” and “papà”, in Italian we also have “pappa” for baby food and “nanna” for baby sleep. The French have their “dodo” … and I’m sure there are many more.
I find this really interesting, but it doesn’t really explain why my older son’s first word was “scarpa”…shoe??!!??