23 October 2013, by Mandy Loh


I recently read a friend’s blog post about her toddler daughter’s unique words and phrases, and it was a really entertaining read. So I decided that I should also compile some of the peculiar vocabulary that Cristan has created for himself. I’m sure one day we’ll look back at this collection and have a good laugh! Hope you’ll enjoy reading it too!



You may be able to guess what this is, by simply swopping the first and second letters of the word. Yep, that’s right, its “CARRY”. For some reason, hopefully not some form of verbal dyslexia, Cristan keeps saying a-crry when he wants us to carry him. And in the recent weeks, as he’s been more clingy towards me (most probably due to my pregnancy), it’s very common to hear him wail “Mama a-crry! Mama a-crry!”


This word is a little more tricky, and most people would be clueless as to what he is asking for when he says it. Ladies and gentlemen, this is Cristan’s word for “NOODLES”!

When we go out for meals, I’ll usually ask him what he’d like to eat, “Rice, noodles or pasta?” and sometimes he would reply “My-noos”. Initially, we were totally puzzled, until he pointed to our plate of noodles and said “my-noos” at the same time.

The funniest thing is, we would constantly tell him “It’s noodles”, and he would insist it is “my-noos!” I guess this is a toddler’s way of asserting his sense of self?


Evolved from an earlier version “ACHOO”, this is actually Cristan saying “THANK YOU”. I suppose if you think about it, “thank you” is quite a difficult phrase for a toddler to enunciate. There’s an “N” sound right before a “K”, so I guess Cristan decided to leave out the “TH” and the “N” to make it more manageable. Haha…


At first, I thought Cristan was calling his playschool teacher’s name, Miss Seetha. Then I noticed he kept using this phrase at the end of his imaginary phone calls. Eventually, I got it – it was “SEE YOU LATER”.

This is probably one of the least mangled of the collection, and could be almost acceptable in everyday speak. Almost.


Another slightly shortened version of the actual word, this is Cristan’s way of saying “UNDERPANTS”. In Cristan’s world of efficient toddler-speak, why use 3 syllables when you can get away with 2?


Always proclaimed with an exclamation mark, this is Cristan asserting his independence and ability to be a “big boy”. It means that he wants to do something himself, such as wearing his own shoes, poking the straw into the Yakult bottle, or opening the cookie container.  I highly encourage such efforts towards independence, and always praise him for his efforts – even if he ends up wearing his shoes the wrong way!




I think Cristan created this phrase for “MOTORBIKE”, as “bike” could mean bicycle or motorbike, and “motorbike” was just a bit of a mouthful for him. Anyway, it is a cool, onomatopoeiac phrase so I will approve it!


This was created by me, actually, to refer to medicine in a syringe. I wanted to give it a positive spin, and as syringe was a rather complex word, I decided to call it a straw, and to make it palatable, added “yum-yum” in front. The great thing is, Cristan loves taking his medicine! Maybe positive brainwashing really works!


That’s about all the cute phrases I can think of at the moment. Do share your kiddos’ unique words and phrases too, it’ll be fun to hear what they are! 🙂


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Mandy Loh


November 13th, 2013 at 11:02 pm    

Hey Joey, I’m sure you’ll soon be able to make out what your daughter is saying! 🙂 The revelation might be quite hilarious!


November 8th, 2013 at 12:33 pm    

He sounds so cute! My girl is babbling nonsenses now, maybe I need to make some effort to understand what she’s trying to say!


November 4th, 2013 at 11:00 pm    

There will be phonetically-challenged words when they grow up.

My oldest son at four years old read from an MRT sign that tickled my mom. She was wondering what he was referring to when he said “SEA-LED”. After a while, it dawned on her that it was “SEAL-ED”.

LOL, he was not all wrong 🙂

Mandy Loh


October 31st, 2013 at 9:36 am    

Hahaha…I wonder if Cristan & Coco actually understand each other when they have toddler conversations between them!

Tan Yi Lin

Yi Lin

October 29th, 2013 at 11:25 am    

Same. Coco says asks me to “feed you, feed you” and to “shower you, shower you.”

My sister is amazed at how Dan and I can carry a proper conversation with Coco, given her mangled toddler-speak. Even though she even mangles “mummy” to “mah-ee”. And even though we need to hazard a few guesses as to whether she is saying, “green” or “crane” or “cream” because they all sound the same.

Yet, she can say “excavator” pretty well. Over “mummy”. Hello?!

I like Cristan’s “un-pants” and “see’ter”. Pretty unique creations.

Mandy Loh


October 24th, 2013 at 9:37 am    

Hahaha yes!!! Cristan mixes up the “you” and “me” quite often too. Guess pronouns are actually pretty tricky!


October 23rd, 2013 at 4:13 pm    

This is so cute!

I remember my eldest son who said: “kari-u, kari-u” whenever he wanted to be carried.

I only realised he was copying what I said: “I can’t carry you now…”

Miss those days 🙂

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