The Benefits of Baby Talk
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While it may be embarrassing to coo to your baby in front of other grown-ups, research suggests that baby talk helps infants focus on the sound of words and ultimately learn the rhythm of sentences.
 More Beneficial than Adult Speech
In a study involving forty babies between the ages of 6 1/2 and 7 1/2 months, scientists found that they listened longer to nonsense words spoken in high-pitched, swooping tones than they did to the same words delivered in an adult monotone. According to researchers, even a slight difference in the speed of learning a language from the beginning can make a big difference later. By one year of age, children who are exposed to a lot of baby talk have better speech perception skills than others who were not.
 Advice for Better Communication Between Caregiver and Baby
Baby talk, also known as child directed speech, is more than simply uttering gibberish phrases or speaking in a high-pitched tone. Good child directed speech engages the baby on a variety of levels. It urges the child into action, questions him and confirms things for him.
activity from the topic about which the child is attempting to communicate. Changing the child’s focus by introducing non-present referents seems to complicate the task of learning language.
 Worth the Embarrassment
Even if you are subject to some ribbing or a few eye rolls, it is important to talk to your baby all the time, especially in the exaggerated intonation of baby talk. Learning language is one of the most critical tasks of an infant’s first year and the special way we have of talking to babies helps them learn.