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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 language.

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 they hear.

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