Languages › French How to Speak Baby in French - Baby Talk Words Share Flipboard Email Print Caiaimage/Agnieszka Olek / Getty Images French Vocabulary Pronunciation & Conversation Grammar Resources For Teachers By Camille Chevalier-Karfis French Language Expert Camille is a teacher and author of many French audiobooks and audio lessons on modern spoken French. She co-created and runs French Today, offering original audio for adult students. our editorial process Camille Chevalier-Karfis Updated January 18, 2018 Just like any other kids around the world, French children use a vocabulary that is quite different from what an adult says. Most are two syllable words, often the same syllable repeated twice. Or with a slight variation, just as in "Maman" and "Papa". List of French Baby Talk Words AreuhYes, the first sound a French kid does is a real challenge for English speakers! It doesn't mean anything. It's like gaga goo-goo, but that's what French people say to a baby - I guess they too need as much training as possible on this French R sound! Maman Young kids may say "mama" but the French word is "maman". There is no shorter version such as Mom. PapaThat's Daddy. Again, no Dad, Pops etc... in French Tata / tatieFor Auntie. It's short for "une tante." TontonShort for oncle. MéméShort for "Mamie", but many kids call their grandma "mémé". Other words include "grand-mère", "bonne-maman"... Note that "une mémé" can have different meanings in French, such as an old person, or a young girl that goes into mischief... Ma fille est une vraie mémé !My daughter is really a trouble-maker (but in a cute way). PépéShort for "Papi" (or Papy) - formal French would be "le grand-père" or "Grand-Papa", "Bon Papa..." Le loloLe lait. Le dodoThe act of sleeping, or going to bed. We say: "Au dodo !" Get to bed! Le nounoursThis one comes from "un ours" and in both words, you should pronounce the final S. It's, of course, a teddy bear. Le doudouIt's not what you think... Un doudou is actually a stuffed animal or teddy, or blankie a kid sleeps with. Not to be mistaken with... Le caca / le popoWhich is poop. We'd say "faire caca". Le pipiMore of almost the same... that's pee :-) Again, we say "faire pipi" - to go wee-wee. Le proutThis one is a fart. The formal French word would be "une flatulence" (very formal) or "un pet" (common French) Le ziziWeenie, penis. "La zézette" is for girls. Let's change subject, shall we? Un dadaA horse. "À dada" means "on your horse" - it may come from an old song, I'm not sure. Un toutouA dog. I don't think there is a specific French baby word for cat. I guess "un chat" is simple enough. After "Papa" et "Maman" (and of course "non") "chat" was the first word of my daughter. The next one was "papillon" (butterfly). Un boboAlmost like in English, a boo-boo. Voilà, now you're ready to handle a French kid!