Is Baby Talk Good or Bad?
NY Metro Parent magazine published an article pertaining to new information found about baby talk. Roberta Golinkoff, Ph.D., believes that baby talk is good for infants. She states that infants respond to the facial expressions, can differentiate between sounds better, and have enough to process already so baby talk is the best thing for them in the first few months of infant’s lives. Dr. Golinkoff stresses that talking “baby talk” to your children, right after birth through the first few months of their life, is good for the child because the child will respond better to the baby talk. Parents will open their eyes and over accentuate their mouth which will get the child interested. Researchers have also found that baby talk can help infants differentiate between sounds. While talking directly to the infant a parent will use a higher pitched voice. On the other hand, if the infant is in the room while the parents are talking to each other, they will probably be talking in a lower, more natural tone and the infant will be able to tell the difference between those. When baby talk is used by a parent, smaller words are usually spoken to the infant. “You are such a pretty baby”, is a common phrase that parents say to their children. This phrase is made up of smaller words, that aren’t too complex. Dr. T. Berry Brazelton believes that it is easier for infants to understand baby talk. Using less complex words and phrases makes it easier for the infant to process the information. At this stage in an infant’s life, everything is new. Adding complex words and phrases makes it harder for the child to understand and process what you are trying to tell them, because they are also trying to process everything else that is going on around them. A question of concern from a soon-to-be new parent sent in to this company about this article was, “If you talk to your children with baby talk, won’t they grow up talking like babies?” Dr. Golinkoff...
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