I assume the expression is derived from "baby's first ...". I have seen the expression used mainly for online discussions of 'geeky' or 'nerdy' stuff. A quick google search gives me: babbies first linux, babbies first wallhack.

The usage of the expression seems to be intentional (e.g. not due to a type). The gentoo wiki -- which has good reputation -- has a 'babbies first linux' page.

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    @WS2 Scots isn’t ‘slang’ nor are dialects. – Spagirl Mar 18 '18 at 12:23
  • I never heard 'babbies' when I grew up in Scotland. It was always 'weans' and 'bairns' in both the Highlands and in Glasgow. The Scotsman. – Nigel J Mar 18 '18 at 14:17
  • @Spagirl I take your point, but is it slang or is it dialect? Where does one end and the other start? OED sense 1b of slang is: The special vocabulary or phraseology of a particular calling or profession; the cant or jargon of a certain class or period. It doesn't actually refer to regional dialects, but I think it is splitting hairs to exclude them. But ok "slang" wasn't the best word for me to have used. Note I said it was "long-established". – WS2 Mar 18 '18 at 18:51
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    @Spagirl Ok. I concede the point. I will delete my comment and replace it with a differently worded one. – WS2 Mar 18 '18 at 21:56
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    "Babbies" is Scots dialect dating from at least the sixteenth-century - for "babies". It is alive and well today in Scotland and to some extent in northern England. – WS2 Mar 18 '18 at 21:59

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