Baby talk, motherese, parentese, child-directed speech. Call it whatever you want! It is THE BEST way to talk to your baby.
Don’t listen to all the media saying child-directed speech will delay your child’s speech and language development.
The opposite is true. It will help your child develop speech and language quicker.
It is the voice and words people naturally want to use when they interact with a baby.
Below are 2 more ways you can talk to your baby and develop speech and language skills. These 2 strategies aren't work at all and it doesn't cost a thing. All you have to do is remember to talk to your baby and vary how you do it. That's it!
Self-talk means while hanging out with your baby, narrate your day. Talk about what you are doing.
Some parents do this naturally and others don't. It can seem silly to talk to your baby since he/she can't talk back to you, but your baby IS listening. I promise! For me, it was hard to talk to my babies because I would stare at how cute they were :)
To start, tell your baby what you are doing during diaper changes and shopping in the store. Work up for there. The more you talk, the more sound patterns and vocabulary he/she is learning!
Parallel talk is very similar to self-talk. However, instead of talking about you are doing, talk about what your baby is doing. That's it. Talk about how your baby is crawling, eating, etc...
This distinction is important for babies and young toddlers. When we talk about ourselves, we use the same pronouns and grammar structures such as verbs. When you talk about others, such as "you are rolling on the ground," you vary pronouns and verbs. It is important that children are exposed to both!
You can actually do quite a bit! A child's language abilities start from birth and there is a lot you can do to start your child off on the right foot. We have a step-by-step guide for you right here!
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