Word Power Quiz: How Well Do You Know These Baby Terms?
Babies can start building their vocabularies at eight months old. How many of these baby terms are in yours?
Baby term #1: Echolalia
A: Jerky hand movements in infants
B: Repetition of speech by a child learning to talk
C: Infant’s joyful response to music
Answer: B—Repetition of speech by a child learning to talk
As in, “Liz noticed baby Pia’s echolalia when she started repeating everything her big brother said.”
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Baby term #2: Bantling
A: Young child
B: One-piece sleeping garment
C: Baby bed with side rails
Answer: A—Young child
As in, “The family reunion had a youthful spirit, with many bantlings running about.”
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Baby term #3: Lanugo
A: Baby safety gate
B: Bond between mother and infant
C: Downy hair on a fetus or newborn
Answer: C—Downy hair on a fetus or newborn
As in, “Dark, soft lanugo covered the baby.”
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Baby term #4: Colic
A: Infant’s fear of abandonment
B: Intense and frequent crying in an infant
C: Cereal for babies
Answer: B—Intense and frequent crying in an infant
As in, “Suffering from colic, the baby rarely slept for more than an hour.”
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Baby term #5: Apgar score
A: Infant intellect
B: Physical condition of a newborn
C: Health of mother after birth
Answer: B—Measure of the physical condition of a newborn
As in, “Bev was relieved to receive her daughter’s perfect Apgar score of 10.”
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Baby term #6: Sip and see
A: Party where parents show friends their newborn
B: Pregnancy test that is ingested
C: Parental toast at birth
Answer: A—Party where parents show friends their newborn
As in, “Mary hosted a sip and see to introduce the baby to her old schoolmates.”
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Baby term #7: Fontanelle
A: Dimple in cheek
B: Sippy cup
C: Space between bones in an infant’s skull
Answer: C—Space between bones in an infant’s skull
As in, “Bharath felt a fontanelle near the crown of his daughter’s head.”
Baby term #8: Babymoon
A: Vacation taken by a couple before the birth of a child
B: Eve of a newborn’s birth
C: Newborn’s buttocks
Answer: A—Vacation taken by a couple before the birth of a child
As in, “They spent their babymoon walking the beach and contemplating parenthood.”
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Baby term #9: Helicopter parent
Parent who is:
As in, “Grammy Jane watched the helicopter parents chase their kids around the room.”
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Baby term #10: Object permanence
A: Understanding that objects exist when out of sight
B: Toddler’s refusal to share
C: Infant ability to keep muscles still
Answer: A—Understanding that objects exist when out of sight
As in, “Having developed object permanence, baby Zara knew her toy was behind Daddy’s back.”
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Baby term #11: Vernix
A: Fetal position
B: Section of umbilical cord attached to baby after birth
C: Waxy substance covering a newborn’s skin
Answer: C—Waxy substance covering a newborn’s skin
As in, “Akari gently wiped the vernix off her baby.”
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Baby term #12: Postpartum
A: Following childbirth
B: Relating to social media images of newborn
C: Describing the birth of twins
Answer: A—Following childbirth
As in, “Helena was impressed with the birthing centre’s postpartum care.”
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Baby term #13: Motherese
A: Mother’s euphoria after delivery
B: Simplified speech used for babies
C: Maternal instinct
Answer: B—Simplified speech used for babies
As in, “Nana soothed the infant with motherese.”
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Baby term #14: Au pair
A: Person who helps with child care in exchange for room and board
B: Stroller that holds two babies
C: Swaddling blanket
Answer: A—Person who helps with child care in exchange for room and board
As in, “Fiona loved exploring Paris while working as an au pair.”
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Baby term #15: Neonatal
Of or relating to:
A: Newborn children
C: One’s birthplace
Answer: A—Of or relating to newborn children
As in, “Born premature, Khalib spent six weeks in the neonatal intensive care unit.”
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