Is Baby Talking Bad For Babies?
We don’t have enough data to confirm if baby talking is bad for babies. But researchers from France and Japan noted in their study that parents tend to speak less clearly with children as they try hard to baby talk correctly¹.
Still, many experts believe it depends on the kind of baby talk.
Case in point: one study revealed that children of parents who used parentese produced real words, such as “banana” and “milk” twice as frequently as kids whose parents did not use parentese².
Furthermore, one research said that words that end in “y,” like “tummy” and “mommy,” as well as words that repeat sounds, such as “choo choo,” might help babies identify words in speech.
They discovered that infants exposed to these diminutive and repeated words develop their language faster between 9 and 21 months⁴.
Immerse Your Baby in Conversations
We still do not have a definite answer to the question, is baby talking bad for babies. Still, in a Mini Parenting Class about Baby Talk, Dr. Marina Kalashnikova said that babies like infant-directed speech because it acts as a spotlight. Babies hear many sounds around them, but they pay attention when they listen to you animatedly talking to them.
So, what else can you do to help your baby’s speech and language development? Experts say you should immerse them in conversations.