It’s quite common to watch people cuddling babies in their arms and making all sorts of funny noises which is rewarded with the baby’s laughter and squeals. Because of this response, it is assumed that this the perfect way of addressing the baby. And then we go on and complain that our child misspells words. He calls ‘car’ as ‘tar’, ‘shoe’ as ‘foo’ or ‘dance’ as ‘danshi’ and you exasperatedly wait for him to say these words properly. It might sound cute for a short while, but no one wants their child to continue baby talking for so long!
Baby talking denotes making nonsensical sounds and words which absolutely have no meaning. Often, parents talk to a baby using made up words which have no meaning. The act of speaking such words to the baby is called baby talking. However no one is to be blamed for this bizarre, sort of natural language. It comes spontaneously when you see you little cuddly baby waving his hands excitedly at you! Babies are more sensitive to changes in sound pitch and love sing-song notes. But new research has taken the baby talk to altogether new level. Some say, baby talking does more harm than good!
Baby talk does not has a definite sentence structure or even proper words. Babies like to see your face when you talk, and respond to high and changing pitches, but if you continue to baby talk, chances are that the baby will pick up these words faster. You are damaging the linguistic base of your child!
Parentese is speaking the words and sentences as they ought to be, but stressing on the vowels. However, in a tone which is catchy for babies! With babies, it could be speaking short sentences in a sing-song manner or with tones of varied amplitudes. This is what attracts a baby. Practically, this means probably opening your eyes wide and acting out the word “biiiiiiiiiiiiggg” rather than ‘biggie wiggie’ hug! It facilitates the understanding for your baby.
Parentese may actually have an emotionally-charging affect on your baby. With time, they are able to discriminate between different sounds and even identify sentence structure. Below are a few tips to get you going:
This is the age of smart kids who roll out of their mother’s womb and jump straight to poking fingers on tablets. You need to become smarter and help them catch up with the every dynamic world. So keep talking to your little darling and yes, he is intelligent enough to understand you!
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