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Fluff - Baby talk

Did you use 'baby talk' with your kids? Do you believe that it can be beneficial or detrimental to infant speech development?

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I hate hate HATE baby talk. It makes the parents sound like imbeciles whose brains have turned to mush. I don't know anyone IRL who gets started with baby talk and then actually stops doing it when the kids grows up; they end up talking in that ridiculous sing-song voice to kindergartners. Yes, we did some sing-song things with our babies, but they were real songs that we adapted with baby subjects. One of our favorites was Mozart's "Requiem." Instead of the Latin text in the confutatis and lacrimosa parts, we sang about avocados and potatoes and flowers. We also adapted some of our favorite rock songs, singing to The Police tune that, "the milk is in the bottle." But we never did the stupid talk with them.

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Nope I couldn't do it... lol I haven't been able to do other things either.. like trick kids into being good.. or white lies/imagination etc to modify their behavior.. other moms have the most ingenious things they have done.. I just can't do it! Yep I got off topic a bit.. but it may be a consistent thought process.

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While I definitely sang to our kids and read books (including poetry / rhythmic verses) -- I don't recall doing what I would label as "baby talk". All of mine have been excellent in vocabulary development early on... which made me protest some of the reports within recent news articles:

Baby-talk actually helps babies' speech development, study says


Babies' brains prepping speech skills at seven months, annoying parent 'cooing' a big help

From the first article:

Previous research found that babies whose parents speak to them in the exaggerated "baby talk" manner knew twice as many words by their second birthdays.

Here is the actual press release from UW on the study: Months before their first words, babies' brains rehearse speech mechanics

My personal take away is the importance of communicating often with your little one (even starting in the womb!) Music (love your examples!), books, and simply talking directly to your baby has proven benefits... imho *without* having to resort to the 'goo goo' stuff. Blum 3

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On a side note -- would you have your baby participate in this type of study? Here's a video of one the babies in the experiment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFJNTaPvXpk&feature=youtu.be

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We did not use nonsense words but we did use some different voices and sometimes would sing or use rhyming words when speaking to them.

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Yeah we didn't really use nonsense words or pronounce things incorrectly....I'm pretty sure I did use exaggerated inflection some of the time but not all the time. I've seen those studies that say it actually can be beneficial...i never did it with that intent though, it just happened.

None of my kids are babies anymore and we all talk normal.

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I do have to say though, my sister has a boy that is 6 months older then my oldest. The spoke complete baby talk, full on like cooo coo caaa caaa. All of that. It was so annoying my DH would have to leave the room. They still were using weird voices by the time he was 5 or 6

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We use normal tones, but some adapted words such as saying potty instead of bathroom and privates instead of the correct terms.

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No baby talk here either. Lots of sing song voices and being silly and having fun but no baby talk.

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I don't recall using baby talk with my boys, but it's been a long time. I do remember carrying on lovely one-sided conversations with them when they were babies, and I'd be out picking up groceries and such lol!

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Yep, loved those one-sided baby conversations! I'm still having one-sided conversations, but now it's Tiven yapping away non-stop and not letting me have a word. Still kind of lovely to hear her stream of consciousness ramblings, though. Blum 3