…Or is it?
Who doesn’t like the cooing and ooos coming from a baby? They are first sounds that make a parents’ heart skip a beat. It is also so easy to get caught up into cooing and oooing. Yet, hold back those random sounds and use that sing song voice in a complete sentence.
At this point you’re most likely asking “What is with this crazy woman? What does she mean?” It has been proven that grown up conversation can improve and assist in vocabulary and verbal communication when the kids age.
The conversation at first will of course be one sided. You might even feel a little crazy explaining what you are doing while changing a diaper. But, when a child sees your mouth movements and hears your words they store those foundational components.
Deleting baby-talk can have far larger impacts past vocabulary.
- Problem soliving and making friends.
- More explorative and willing to try new things.
- Able to comprehend new concepts with ease.
We constantly say “use your words,” but we must first give that base and expose our children to the correct vocabulary first.
So even as you are washing the dishes, walking through the store. Talk and talk some more to your baby. Don’t let those judging eyes stop you from building up that foundation for success.
Baby talk most of the time includes incorrect grammar and words that seem to be apart of a foreign language. We wouldn’t want an instructor to make up words and add random gooey sounds while teaching a new language, thus keep this in mind. So, we should be avoiding that same practice while talking to our little ones.
Speak clearly, concise, and with the correct wording for items. You’ll be grateful later in life when you child has a better vocab than you 😉
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