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The Surprising First Word That 8% Of Babies Say

Every parent can’t wait to hear what their baby’s first word will be (and secretly hope it will be ‘mama’) – so this revelation of what it may be will surprise you…

We know we’re living in a tech-savvy world and that even small children love their screen time, but we didn’t realise quite how obsessed with gadgets and gizmos babies are.


It’s been revealed that 8% of babies says ‘tablet’ as their first word, hinting at just how many babies have regular access to iPads and the like.

In a survey on the impact of tablets to parenting conducted by Twickenham-based company Tech21 last month, one than one in eight parents admitted that their little one’s first word was ‘tablet’.


Of the 3,612 polled parents, 12% revealed that they let their toddlers, aged two and under, play with their tablet. Two in five said their allowed their children to use tablets for at least an hour a day and 7% admitted that their kids spend up to four hours a day on a tablet.

But it’s not all happy playing – 81% of the polled parents said that their child had previously broken their device by dropping or throwing it.


What was your baby’s first word? Let us know in the comments box below.

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