Does baby talk help in Child Development?

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Is baby talk good for toddlers development?

What exactly is Baby talk?

Parents and we adults, have had a thought from centuries that the best way to communicate with a baby is via baby talk. This gives a feel of being more innocent, immature, loving, which is very close to what babies are. Speaking slowly with some rhyming in between, varying the voice tones to attract a child seems to be okay to see a responsive & excited baby. But using not so common and strange words, developing un-real words sounding & ending with “yy” or similar may not be the best manner to communicate with your child, is what many researches say.

“Baby talk is considered to be a very important mode of communicating with babies and toddlers. Early speech & vocabulary are directly proportional to reading, writing, spoken skills by the time they hit their schools”.

During the 1st year of the birth, babies love to coo, gurgle when someone tries to communicate in a not so adult language, which is baby talk. And the amazing part is to see babies respond to the baby talks. Baby talk takes you in the highs & lows of the words, singing out beautiful songs to your baby, focussing on specific words with a musical tone. All this helps babies get more responsive, specially to the high pitched words with some funny facial expressions. But what here I wish to focus is that while baby talking, focus on speaking whole sentences with special emphasis on some words as –

“Hey baby, I have some MILK for you (focus on Milk, for baby to understand).”

Something to remember while baby talk! 

I hear many people around me showing their love as “Oh my coochi – – poo…you are sho sho chweet”

Look, that doggie wants to play, Here is a cattie, My koochi – poochi , Lets go to poo and so on.

Well friends, this is not at all a baby talk, what we are referring to here. These are rather no-sense talk that we are giving to babies & toddlers which will not only confuse them with the real words, rather provoke them to use wrong vocabulary. Saying “Dog” or a “Cat” is much simpler than Doggie & Cattie, Isn’t it? Once they reach the school age, then we will start rectifying their vocabulary saying, that it is a Dog and not a Doggie. So who got kids the habit of saying Doggie? We only! 

Why not communicate with them using correct phrases & words right from the beginning. Why not say, let’s go to bathroom to do Potty, instead of calling it a poo or other peculiar and not-so-funny names? Try to use the normal language as much as possible. Yes, kids might not understand complete sentences you say, but they catch on the focus words & get the meaning. This way, they get to hone their spoken skills , speech & vocabulary in a much better manner rather than listening to those no-sense baby-ish talks all day round.

When Babies go there way!

Sometimes, even infants try to invent their own version of words or sometimes even the sentences which can seem to be deformed. Don’t jump directly to rectify them. Have a balance that you don’t tend to use those words. When kids hear the right words, they will switch over to the correct versions gradually when they enter the real world. 

The major aim of Baby talking is to establish a special communication between the baby & we – adults. And this can always go in a real-world manner. By using words as chook-chook train, doggies, birdies, we are only shifting our own speech. This will never benefit a child’s speech development rather hinder it up.

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Let the communication go in a much beautiful yet practical manner to help develop the speech for babies.

Happy Communicating!

19 thoughts on “Does baby talk help in Child Development?

  1. I always spoke normally to my kids when they were babies. I mean, sometimes I got cutesy, but for the most part I spoke to them like they were a regular person. I would talk about our day and such, and they seemed to like that. And I always called things by their proper names. For example, it was usually, “Do you need to pee?” No, “Do you need to tinkle?”

    1. That was great Amber..but I still see so many people avoiding using proper words n just doing baby talks without knowing that it may hamper their kids speech dev later!!

  2. I am of mixed emotions about this. I do think that we shouldn’t be infantilizing our children, encouraging them to make nonsensical words in order to keep them as children. But I also think that using those other words doesn’t necessarily hurt either. They speak to imagination and other things that we should also be encouraging in our children.

  3. Hm, we are a bilingual family and have twins and for me, straight talking is the best way! A dog is not a woof-woof, it’s a dog! When my now 6-years olds came home from school saying ‘choo choo train’ I was like ‘WHAT???!!!” You’ve gotta be joking me! Let them hear the proper words, they will eventually use them in the correct sense and be able to pronounce them!

  4. Sometimes it is too funny to hear parents communicating to their kids! I agree with you Jhilmil that right Baby Talk can make a huge difference in child development!

  5. I love your posts Jhilmil. This is a good information for new moms and very helpful too. I never spoke in baby language and thats why my girls spoke clearly from the starting.

    1. Ha ha yea it happened with me when my relatives did so..my kid used to stare at them when they spoke ..to some I had to say to express their love in a normal vocab;) rather than saying my koochi poochi

  6. My daughter had a few words of her own! She liked the way they sounded and now that she’s thirteen we look back and laugh that she called a bathing suit a bathing soup! LOL No harm done … its all apart of babies learning their voice 🙂

  7. Well though I agree that we should teach children the correct vocabulary right from the beginning, but I think coochie coo stuff is more about expression of love rather than knowledge sharing.. still its an insightful article

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