A mother was left stunned when her baby’s first word turned out to be Alexa.
Annabelle Gates, 11 months, became obsessed with the Amazon device after spending hours watching her three-year-old brother Lucas play with it.
Her parents Catherine and Liam waited for her first word, expecting it to be the usual ‘mama’ or ‘dada’.
But to their bewilderment little Annabelle came out with ‘Alexa’ instead.
Little Annabelle Gates, who is 11-months-old and lives in Dorset, stunned her parents when her first word ending up being Alexa
Annabelle Gates (right), 11 months, became obsessed with the Amazon device after spending hours watching her three-year-old brother Lucas (left) play with it
Police officer father Liam Gates, 29, from Blandford Forum, Dorset, said: ‘We’ve been battling for her to say ‘mummy’ or ‘daddy’ but she just went in a completely different direction.
‘She’s the definition of a modern-day baby. We were just in shock.
‘We use it with the kids to play nursery rhymes and Baby Shark.
‘It sounds more like ‘a letter’ because she’s still learning how to talk. She can’t activate the device but the fact it’s her first word is pretty something.
‘We’re hoping she’ll learn another word soon as she just keeps blurting it out.
‘Now when we take her out she just belts it out. She’s become completely obsessed with the word.
‘It’s got to the point now that when she wakes up from a sleep or a nap she’ll start shouting ‘Alexa’ from her cot. It helps us to know she has woken up.’
Annabelle is yet to expand her vocabulary beyond her first word, so she cannot give the Amazon device any demands.
She is not the first baby to become obsessed with the Amazon gadget.
Little Joe Brady’s parents noticed their son had become fascinated with their Echo smart speaker, which responds to ‘Alexa’, and their constant commands to it.
But Lottie Ledger, 21, and Mark Brady 22, of the West Midlands, were stunned when Joe spoke to the Echo just after turning a year old.
Annabelle and Lucas are pictured with their parents Catherine and Liam
Joe couldn’t get Alexa to respond every time, but when he did he would break into a fit of excitement.
Lottie said: ‘He actually said Alexa before he said mum or dad. It was one of the few things he could get a reaction from.
Pictured: Amazon Echo, which answers to the name ‘Alexa’
‘Alexa would say, Sorry, I didn’t get that’, and Joe would laugh and laugh.
‘One day he managed it. We thought it was funny at first so we encouraged it. It was weird because it took us ages to work out what he was saying.
‘Then he started running towards it, trying to activate it and we realised.’
Alexa was launched in 2014 and is inspired by the voice system in the Star Trek TV series.
The device can play music, set alarms, manage shopping lists and even give you a weather report. At least 20 million have been sold since its release.
There have been many more examples of babies speaking unconventional first words.
Bruno Bouchet’s 13-month-old daughter Juliet’s first word sent shivers down his spine – ‘murder’.
Mr Bouchet, an executive producer of an Australian breakfast show, was washing his daughter in the bath last year when she muttered the chilling first word.
Last year, McFly’s Harry Judd and his wife Izzy shared a clip on Instagram showing their daughter Lola uttering her very first word – ‘Pep-pa’ after becoming obsessed with the cartoon Peppa Pig.
Joe Brady, pictured with his parents Lottie and Mark and their Echo device