Lets face it parents, babies have to be the cutest creatures to walk the planet, with their little feet, hands, fingers, noses, ears and everything connected to them ever so tiny. Almost anything they do from sneezing, coughing and sometimes farting gives the biggest adult a tickle and giggle. It is almost instinct to want to use the same cute words and expressions they use to communicate with them. Before we do this though we should ask ourselves should we? Is it Helpful for the child to use Baby Talk?
Let’s take a look at 6 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Use Baby Talk below and then decide for ourselves if it is still necessary and healthy for our children.
1.) You Make No Sense
If someone was to record everything you say in a baby voice or in the mumbo jumbo that we think babies like, you would be sent into chuckles and laughter ( I should know I was caught off guard and recorded before lol). It’s funny how as adults we believe that the baby finds us entertaining and any laugh or giggle means they are happy. In reality I’m pretty sure they are just laughing at how confusing we are with the crazy faces we accompany these crazy sounds with.
2.) Creates Confusion
Baby talk isn’t just funny sounds and faces, it is confusion that results in the baby becoming even more confused as to what is going on. After 4 babies I can personally say by the time I got to my 4th baby the baby talk was out the window and down the street. I noticed my children were always so confused as to what I wanted them to do when I tried to use baby words or expressions they used.
3.) Creates Speech Delays
In many parents opinions it is okay to do Baby Talk until the baby actually starts to talk, but using made up words and words pronounced incorrectly can lead to speech delays. There is no 100% scientific evidence of this but there is the worry that teaching a baby how to do something incorrectly over time can create hardships in the future where they will have to unlearn these habits.
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4.) There Are Better Ways To Connect With Your Baby/Toddler
As cute as Baby Talk is there are other ways to connect with your little one that involve imaginative play and learning. These types of activities encourage learning development and imaginative play which foster your child’s ever growing need to learn and grow.
5.) Use The Tone Of Your Voice To Your Advantage
Baby’s detect the feeling in your voice and associate it with levels on importance in what you say. For example you could try an exercise with your little one and see how they react to you saying the same phrase either in a Happy tone or an Angry tone. As you can see your little one reacts to the words you say depending on your tone, now that you know this you can use it to your advantage.
6.) Babies Are Smarter Than You Think
We should really give babies more credit and understand that they understand way more than we think they do. If you would like the baby to learn to throw their unwanted snacks in the trash we should say “put it in the trash” vs “trash, trash”. I am very guilty of doing that with my first 2 boys whom I always used baby talk with. I found out on my 3rd baby that there was no need to shorten my sentences or words to help them understand. As a matter of fact they learned and understood me better when I used regular sentences and words when speaking to them.
What do you think? How do you feel about Baby Talk?