Here Comes The Choo Choo Train! Why Baby Talk is Actually Brilliant

When it comes to the subject of baby talk people tend to fall into two camps, those who think it's cute, adorable and helps children to identify sounds quicker and individuals who believe that it's unnecessary, off-putting and stunts the child's development because they aren't learning the proper words for things.

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Listen With Mother

Believe it or not, by the time your baby is born it'll already recognize and be comforted by the sound of its mother's voice. Babies are incredible beings that learn an immense number of skills while actually still in the womb, including hearing the rhythm and intonation of speech which starts to occur in the third trimester. Supposedly, hearing vibrational sounds through the womb is like someone speaking to you while underwater. Babies soon identify with their mother's voice even if they don't understand what's being said. This may explain why, in the later of stages of pregnancy, babies kick when they hear their mother's talking, laughing or even crying. What all this means is that by the time a child is born they already like hearing their mother talk, even newborns of just four days old can tell the difference between sounds of their own language and a foreign one.

Speak In Singsong

There's a lot of criticism leveled at baby talk by those who feel it is condescending to speak to an infant in such a way, in fact, kids love baby talk and tend to pay more attention to you if you speak to them in a high sing-songy voice. Their ability to understand language develops quicker when their mother's speak in a higher pitch, make exaggerated sounds and draw out their words. This is down to the fact that normal adult speech sounds, in itself, somewhat monotone unless we become particularly excited or upset about something. Words that tend to stand out from the continuous stream of speech for example, 'baby' 'bottle' or 'sleepy time' said in a playful, singing tone are far easier for a child to learn. Continue talking to baby by explaining what you are doing as you clear your house, the things you see as you walk about, and whatever other day-to-day things you can narrate in a sing-song voice.

Repeat Those Sounds

It may be annoying for others to hear but your baby will develop far faster if you repeat certain words and phrases. Because the more frequently a child hears a word, such as ‘mommy’, the more likely they are to be able to say it, having heard the distinct sound in her speech stream over and over again.  Baby talk tends to focus on repeated words such as 'choo choo', for a train, dogs become 'woof woofs' and 'quack quack' is easier than duck. Putting your child in a Best baby bathtub is also a good time to talk to them. Studies show that newborns brain activity becomes far more focused when they hear reduplicated, or repeated sounds so by calling bath time 'splash splash' your baby is much more likely to respond to your voice. The soothing sounds of the water gently lapping the sides, the gentle caress of your fingers on their skin and the soft sound of your voice gives your child a whole new range of sounds to process and add, if you like, to their auditory dictionary.

Baby Talk is essential to baby's language development

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