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