Tori Spelling Reveals Hattie’s First Word

05/30/2012 at 10:00 AM ET
Albert Michael/Startraks

She’s a daddy’s girl already!

Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott‘s youngest daughter Hattie Margaret is moving on from her baby babble — and the mom-to-be is at a loss for words.

“Miss Hattie hit a big milestone last week when she said her first word. It was bittersweet as she uttered the word, ‘Dada,'” Spelling, 39, writes on her website,

“I’m sure that mamas everywhere can agree that I wouldn’t be human if somewhere inside, beneath the beaming pride I felt about her accomplishment, there wasn’t a little sadness that her first word wasn’t, ‘Mama.'”

But this isn’t the first time the actress’s children have doted on daddy; The 7-month-old baby girl seems to be following in 5-year-old big brother Liam Aaron‘s footsteps.

“Liam is my little man, but he came out of my belly with adoring eyes for Dean. He was Daddy’s dude from the jump, so it was no surprise when his first word was, ‘Dada,” she writes. “He was my first, so while I was a little sad, on the whole I totally got it and was proud.”

Fortunately, Spelling has declared herself a victory (times two!) with 3½-year-old daughter Stella Doreen.

“Her first word was, ‘Mama,’ and her second was, ‘Shoes.’ We were kindred spirits from the start,” she shares. “I’d be lying if I said I didn’t do a little dance when Stella first uttered, ‘Mama,’ and used my not-so-inside voice to exclaim, ‘Yes — I won this one!'”

Spelling is hopeful her excitement falls within the norm, joking, “Was there something wrong with me that I was somehow keeping parental score as judged by my children’s verbiage?”

— Anya Leon

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kIM k on

love love this family!!!! and they make cute babies

Shannon on

Dada is easier for babies to say than mama. It’s not personal. lol

becky on

BS! Little Hattie is to young to do anymore than babble!! The baby has to recognize the association between the noise and the “object” before it counts as a word, and Hattie was probably just preciously babbling away. Sorry, but Tori loves any attention she can get.

Kar on

My daughter was 7 months for her first word. She also said ‘Dada’, but she was addressing my husband and smiled at him while saying it. It was extra sweet, because it was also Father’s Day. She’d been saying ‘da’ and ‘ba’ and ‘ah-goo’ for awhile by then.

Brooke on

Sorry Becky but it is completely possible that Hattie was doing more than just “preciously babbling”. Both of my daughters said their first word around the same age as Hattie and they continued to say it so I really would not call that babbling.

Lis on

I think she looks like Stella and Dean! She is a CUTIE!!! I wonder if Tori and Dean are finding out the gender of number 4??? I know they really liked the surprise with Hattie 🙂

Sara on

This is her third child. You would think she would know by now that a seven month old saying “dada” is just baby babble WTH?!

meghan on

You think by the third she would be less stupid and realize Dada is the more common first word. Maybe if she wasn’t so fixated on attention seeking and keeping her man happy in the bedroom she would know these things.

look on

she sounds smart.

kendrajoi on

Hello, it’s called babbling. Tori is so annoying.

Sandra on

Hello, kendrajoi and other Negative Nancys:

If she bothers you this much, then do not click on the article.

I like Tori, and why do people have to be so mean all the time?

Why not try to be positive and see the good in things and people?

It is possible for babies to say ‘dada’ and yes, it might be babbling to some people, but come on people, why the negativity.

This is sweet – they make cute babies.

Congrats to Tori and Dean on their fourth pregnancy.

meghan on

Sandra, how about you don’t play hall monitor and let people say what they want? You may like Tori, others don’t.

angel on

Wow, a lot of the commenters are not just nasty, but pretty ignorant. My first daughter said “Mama” and seven months, and would point to my picture and repeat herself. Two weeks later she said “Dada” and would also point to his picture and say “Dada.” Not just babbling, folks. My second daughter began with “Dada” at eight months. Every child is different, some are more verbal than others, so keep your negative comments to yourselves. Let’s retain some human dignity and not make nasty remarks about a 7 month old baby.

Mommytoane on

It IS completely normal for some babies to talk earlier, all babies develop at different rates and some just talk sooner than others.

CUTE story. Can relate tho, its kinda bittersweet when they talk, but that the momma part comes later. Just easier to say dad is all.

klholzer on

ALWAYS teach the baby to say “Dada” first… that way when the baby cries in the middle of the night you can roll over and say to your hubby “Honey, the baby is calling you!” hehe!!!

Mya on

My son was talking by 6 months and had 8 words by 10 months. It’s totally possible.

Buffy on

My daughter was 6 months old when she said her first word. Which was Pa. She and my dad were very close. He taught her to pray the rosary. Her second word was pray. Until she was about 9 months old she said pa pray pa pray pa pray.

tlc on

Meghan why do you read these posts if you hate her so much. You are becoming a stalker as bad as that SAR was against Natalie Portman. Are you sure you aren’t Mary Jo’s sister or something? Geez girl, go find a hobby or back away from the computer. What the frick did Tori ever do to YOU personally to have you spew all this venom toward her on EVERY.SINGLE.POST???

My son talked at eight months as well. His first word was also “Dada” and he said it when my husband picked him up from his playpen after coming home from work. My son had been babbling sounds since he was about six months old and to this day, he is a huge talker!!!

My daughter said Dada at about ten months and Mama shortly after that. So it *IS* possible that Hattie did say Dada and knew it.

Most of you are so hateful you can’t see the others posting that their kids TOO talked earlier…..sheesh!!!

meghan on

@tlc, not that it’s any of your damned business, I find this woman to be phony, stupid and trashy. And I’ll say it as many times as I damn well please. Just like her airhead fans swoon over every post how great and down to earth she is, when she is about as fake as they come, I will use every post to call her out as the attention whore that she is. And why are you singling me out? I’m hardly the only one who takes the time to point out what a useless sack of silicone this woman is and what a scumbag her husband is.

Anonymous on

tlc- I think the best thing to do is just ignore meghan, just as people started to ignore SAR (and, surprise, surprise, she dissappeared). Commentors like her thrive on getting a rise out of people.

Anyway, as for Hattie, babies her age often DO say things like “dada” or “mama”. In most cases, however, it’s hard to tell whether they’re actually associating the words with their parents or not (some do, some don’t). And naturally proud parents are going want to think that they did in fact know what they were saying. So cut Tori a little slack here. 🙂

meghan on

@tlc, I will criticize whoever I want whenever I want. I’m hardly the only person who doesn’t like this phony attention seeker and her loser husband. Why single me out?

Sandra on

My two daughters first words were also “Dada” because I assumed it is easier to say then “Mama” I guess, even though I was the one getting up for each feeding and changing and doing everything for them! How dare they say Daddy before the say Mommy!! LOL!!!!

Holiday on

Becky my daughter said her first word at 7.5 months and it was duck. My son said his first word, mama the day he turned 8 months. But had over a 100 words by a year old and full on sentences by 15 months.

Marnie on

Meghan – because you are one of the first to jump on the rudeness of commenters in other posts, yet you are being needlessly vicious to Tori on related stories the last few days. It’s a little jarring and a bit much.

meghan on

Maybe if she wasn’t seeking attention constantly, I would not have to criticize her so regularly. And I’m not the only meghan on this site, so you don’t know who I do or do not “jump on”. I’m not a troll, I just don’t like this woman.

tlc on

Because Meghan, you are nasty. We get it, you HATE her. LOATHE her….okay. But you are overkilling it. If you don’t like her then just don’t read posts about her.

In your post to me, don’t you see how ridiculous you sound? Ranting about someone you don’t even KNOW personally? Someone that you see only what the TV and tabloids show you.

I’m obviously not the only one who sees your venom towards Tori and thinks it’s over the top. There’s not one post on here about her that YOU aren’t there trashing her (and Dean). Yes there are others, but you are here every time and with the same hateful posts.

If a person you don’t know causes you to have this much hatred and negativity, I’d hate to see someone you REALLY know, tick you off.

lovethisfam on

I agree with TLC- good post! It’s not hard- don’t read the article if you don’t like her. It is strange how people can make so many assumptions to a person’s character from a TV show. BUT I guess I am guilty as well. I can only see her as pretty darn normal and down to earth from her shows and books. Even though I don’t personally know her I would say I like her. I guess I am just at a loss how anyone can have such contempt for someone (like Meghan) without REALLY knowing them. Sucks for her….

Kitty on

Can someone pass the meow mix?

meghan on

tlc, it sounds like the same hateful post because she is saying the same stupid things and wearing the same trashy look-at-me clothes. I will say what I please. Forgive me for not kissing the ass of a woman whose only claims to fame is her Daddy bought her an ‘acting’ career and now that he’s dead she has to make her career pimping out the ‘adorable’ things her kids say. The fact that people think this woman is great floors me and really makes me worry for the state of society.

As far as people “I really know” ticking me off, I try not to surround myself with scum, so it’s a non-issue.

Jennifer on

My son first word was JEEP. WE have a blue Jeep and he loves riding in it all the time. If we go anywhere he saids JEEP.

Yes, DADA is easy to say for the little ones.

Erica L. on

That’s not a first word, that’s a syllable babble.

jen on

Meghan, please don’t call me an airhead just because I like Tori…lol! Name calling isn’t nice!

tlc on

SO, Meghan, just curious here…do you post the same nasty trash on a Kardashian post or on any other reality star’s posts because of who their parents are/were or the way they get their fame?

I still don’t understand (and I type this with honest intentions NOT to be snarky) how Tori gets under your skin so much just because she has fame. Other celebs…TONS of them, pimp themselves out to make money (frankly they ALL do it!!! It’s their JOB after all) but you seem to feel that Tori is the only one (or maybe you don’t, but I have only seen your comments to her being nasty)

Truly? Do you feel the same about others, or is it just Tori and if it IS just Tori, why not just let it go? Seriously…

KD on

I was talking in short sentences by 10 mos so it’s feasible that this child said dada…there are older sibliings, etc and not all babies just babble. I do agree dada is an easier word for babies to say…either way, love reading up on Tori.

Hoopla on

I said “mama” at 5 months and my cousin said her first word at 4 months. Seems pretty reasonable her baby is talking.

Mia on

I don’t really care much for Tori either, but I still have the brains to see that Tori isn’t exactly calling up PEOPLE magazine to tell them about her baby’s first words. They’ve picked up the story from her website, which she probably updates for her fans. So don’t hate on her for being an “attention-seeker”, the media is often to blame for things like that.