If you’ve ever gotten into a debate over exactly who taught the baby that word, then mums this latest study could be on your side.
According to a new report published in the National Science Review, it’s fathers who are responsible.
To conduct the study, researchers looked at 34 modern Indo-European (IE) populations to determine the genetic histories on both the paternal and maternal sides.
The results concluded different results based on the time fathers and mothers spent with the children and the area in which they lived in.
They found that language actually correlates with the Y chromosome, passed on from the father.
So, it’s genetics that may determine a babies vocabulary. However, that’s not the full story.
In fact, babies are said to learn more words, actions and behaviours from their mother.
In other words, while they may get their vocabulary from dad, they get almost everything else from mum.
This is typically due to the fact that babies naturally spend more time with their mother from birth.
Overall, it’s most definitely true that both mums and dads play important roles in a a child’s development and vocabulary – but you can always omit that part if you’re looking for a quick win!