Is Your Baby Really Trying To Talk To You?
Baby talk is spoken universally in any language. Studies have revealed
that people of various cultures recognize baby talk even if they
speak a different language. Findings have shown that a relationship
between sounds and intentions is universal because many of the meanings
of languages are communicated through nonverbal cues. When people
talk to babies they tend to raise their voices in an effort to get
the baby’s attention. They also speak slower with researches
have call “infant directed speech.”
Psychological science published a study where English speaking
mother talk using four distinct categories: prohibitive, approval,
comfort and attention. When the recordings were played to non-English
speaking children, the children reacted from the tone and not the
Beginning when mothers are eight months pregnant, they can hear
in the womb. Your baby can hear your voice every time you speak
this is why they recognize your voice when they are born. Baby talk
helps our babies learn language. Babies prefer to listen to our
silly baby talk form birth. They like the high pitch, sing song
and the way we drag out our words when we speak baby talk. Babies
pick up things about language much faster when they hear baby talk
than the way we normally talk to each other. So continue to use
baby talk do not suppress it babies love it.
When babies babble they are not trying to talk. However, it could
be an important process in learning how to talk. It actually is
important for babies to babble as it building a speaking apparatus.
Babies can be loud most of the time not at the most opportune moments
like when you are in a restaurant. However, it is actually a good
thing; they are finding out how to control their voices by raising
and lowering the pitch and sound.
Dads use baby talk just as much as moms do, even when the child
is older like three or four. Therefore, if dad wants to talk in
a high pitch to get baby’s attention that is fine. Baby loves
the sound just as much as when mom does it.
Babies learning to talk are not the result of mimicking. If that
were the case, your child would not come up with such original sentences
such as “I have two feets”. Some children never imitate
even when you want them to. Babies have to hear you speaking, analyze
it, and process what they hear.
Babies start talking around 12 months of age. However, they are
only starting to talk which is different from understanding talk.
They can understand sometimes up to 100 words they time they are
around 10 month. Babies understand the words “mommy”
and “daddy” by 6 months of age. Moreover, they do not
apply that just to any man or woman. They know mommy and daddy actually
are. So no cause for alarm if your baby is not saying anything just
yet. It does not mean they do not know a lot about language. It
is indeed amazing how babies learn to talk. At 8 months of age,
they already are figuring out some important aspect of the language