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When Talking with Young Infants, Parents Instinctively use “Baby Talk”, a Unique Form of Speech

No way to become the “perfect” mother, but a million ways to become a good one. And using baby talk is the first golden step in the way to success.


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For each and every person, the childhood and infancy of his or her pairing is perhaps the most special and adorable. Don’t you remember the days when you would lie down in your mother’s lap, snuggling, and then gaze up intently at her face, while she talked to you? Of course you don’t! Our brains develop to capture and retain memory from a little later.

But how did we start to understand speech? How did you know how to respond to certain behavioral patterns when we couldn’t even talk properly at all? The answer lies in baby talk. Formally known as Parentese or Motherese, baby talk is essentially how most adults talk to very little babies in an affectionate way, often accompanied by sounds. Especially interesting for the babies are speech which combine normal adult speech with baby talk, in an exaggerated way with repetition of small sounds to please the baby

The scientific term of baby talk is Infant Directed Speech (IDS), or Child Directed Speech (CDS). This form of sorry is usually delivered with a Ching sound and it comes naturally to all adults and big children. It is an instinctive reaction of us when we talk to babies, to use baby talk. This unique form of speech enables us to communicate with, and to some extent socialise with the babies to a greater extent than with just adult speech. Simple vocabulary, melodic pitch and a deliberately slow tempo works fine with almost all babies.

The question that now arises is something in the lines of this: do babies like the baby talk? Well, apparently they enjoy it. As a matter of fact when at infancy, babies do understand the general idea behind what you are telling them, and they also notice the emotions from the tone of the speech. That is why it is often suggested that when you talk to a baby, use baby talk, and when in return he or she tries to vocalise, and communicate, smile at him or her to encourage communication. This has a very positive effect on the baby.

Your children will become who you are, so it is imperative that you be who you want them to become. There is, after all, no way to become the “perfect” mother, but a million ways to become a good one. And using baby talk is the first golden step in the way to success.