This is the moment a baby who is obsessed with her family’s Amazon Echo said her very first word – ALEXA.
Eleven-month-old Annabelle Gates had been watching her brother Lucas, three, playing with the voice-activated gadget for months.
So when she uttered her first word last month she didn’t say ‘mama’ or ‘dada’ – instead blurting out the name of the virtual assistant.
Shocked mum Catherine Gates, 26, called on husband Liam to come see the milestone moment, only for baby Annabelle to tap the gadget and repeatedly blurt out ‘Alexa’,
Since uttering her first word on Monday, dad Liam said Annabelle has repeated it a dozen times – even when she was getting baptised later that day.
Police officer dad 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.”
The couple were gifted the virtual assistant Amazon Alexa in Christmas 2017 by a family member and use the device daily to play nursery rhymes.
Annabelle had just been taken out of her high-chair when she wandered over to the voice-activated Amazon device and blurted out its name.
Her mum is an an emergency 999 call handler.
The Amazon Alexa connects users to Alexa-a cloud-based voice service-to play music, control your smart home, get information, news and weather updates.