Everyone does it when they see a cute a baby. The baby talk comes flowing out of the mouth of adults almost every time a small infant is around. The funny noises make babies laugh and sometimes they make funny noises back. It is a great way to let babies know that they can be comfortable around the adult making the funny noises.
The cute babies soon start to grow up and become cute toddlers. Some people still do baby talk to get the child’s attention, especially the parents. Too much baby talk might hinder the child’s speech development. It’s funny to watch the adults who talk slow or loud to a toddler like they are aliens from another planet. The child may start to copy the same speech patterns, like talking slow. The children understand words loud and clear. However, the adults have to keep in mind that toddlers are not ready to recite the dictionary either. There is a balance to teach children the proper way to talk.
A good way to maintain that balance is to start talking to the toddler in complete sentences. For example, instead telling the child « eat, eat » start saying, « It is time to eat ». They will soon start to repeat those sentences back to the parent or adult. Another way to talk in complete sentences is to point out items around the house. Kids that are at the toddler age love to discover new things. Describing colors, shapes and textures is a great way to talk to the child and teach them new things.
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