Two proud parents could not believe what they were hearing when their baby boy said ‘hello’ at just eight weeks old.
Charlie-John Taylor-Mullington stunned mother Caroline, 37, and father Nick, 36, from Willaston, Cheshire, when he replied to his father’s greeting by repeating the word.
The interaction, which was filmed on Caroline’s mobile phone, saw Charlie strain to form the word his father was saying before eventually managing to formulate the word.
Most infants typically speak their first word between 10 and 14 months old and by the time they are a year old they have a small vocabulary of words they understand.
During the clip, which was filmed at the family home on August 21, Nick cradles the infant in his arms and greets him with the word: ‘Hello.’
Charlie-John then opens his mouth and begins to shape the word as his father watches in awe.
As his son utters the greeting, Nick smiles before replying: ‘Hello to you as well.’
Following the heartwarming scenes, Caroline said: ‘It was magical. We had tears in our eyes. We were just in utter shock!
‘My husband Nick had Charlie in his arms and was just saying ”hello” slowly to him. I think he loves Nick’s deep voice.
‘Charlie was saying ‘hello’ back a few times and we just decided to film it as we couldn’t believe he was really talking.’
The couple went on to describe how their daughter Lottie, who is now two, also impressed them when she uttered her first words at just six months old.
Caroline continued: ‘We had no idea of how quickly babies learn to speak when we had Lottie as we didn’t have any other children to compare her progress to.
‘When Charlie started speaking, we knew it was mega-soon for him and definitely rare!
‘Lottie absolutely adores her little brother. We’re so proud of our kids. It’s amazing having the pair of them.
‘We keep watching the video of Charlie all the time – it makes us feel so proud and we have a strong bond with him so early.
‘He has so many traits already and he’s a real smiler too!’
Nick added: ‘It was a shock to say the least! I just had Charlie in my arms and he was responding to my voice – he looked up at me closely and then copied me.
‘We couldn’t believe what had just happened. I’m one proud daddy!’