Post # 1
Hi Bees! I remember when I was a kid I had an aunt who talked to me in that cutesie sing-song voice until I was old enough to realize it, and I thought “why does she talk to me like that?” haha. 🙂 Thing is, I don’t remember exactly when I became aware of it. For all of the parents / bees who work with little kids – at what point do you seem to stop talking to LO’s with “baby talk”? I’m sure there is not a hard deadline, but I’m interested to hear your opinions! Sometimes I still feel like I alter my voice too much for older kids.
Post # 3
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
Between 1 and 2. It’s good for teaching a child to sound out words but once they start doing it on their own it’s time to teach them how to properly enunciate.
Post # 4
Other – I speak to babies as if they are adults.
Post # 5
I put other, because there wasn’t an option for never using babytalk int he first place.
Baby talk is reserved for my pets!
Post # 6
For best language development of the child one should never use baby talk. So, if you’re doing this, the time to stop is now.
Post # 7
I think there is a difference between true “baby talk” (Ah boo boo) and altering the pitch of one’s voice/repeating phrases/etc.
I think true baby talk should never be used (in fact, I’m trying to figure out a way to get DS’s great grandma to stop it, but also, she’s 84 and I don’t want to tell her how to do anything). I think pitch alterations/phrase repetitions/etc. should be used until kids can speak in 2-3 word phrases.
Post # 8
Don’t use it…just talk to babies like normal and they’ll learn language.
Post # 9
No baby talk, ever!! You learn how to use language properly by hearing it spoken properly.
Post # 10
I think I talk on an elementary level to toddlers and probably use baby talk to new born to maybe 4 months? I don’t always though, I know it’s not good for them so I try not to…it’s usually only when I first see them (nieces and nephews or cousins. I have no kids of my own) that I squeal and get excited but after a few mins I talk like I’m talking to a little person.
Post # 11
I knew a girl growing up who’s mom constanstly used baby talk to her even as she got older and that’s how she learned to talk. I remeber asking my mom why this girl talked so funny and my mom explained it to me. I don’t even plan on using baby talk if I can catch myself.
Post # 12
Agree with the PPs, no baby talk. Doing it too long results in children that can’t say their Rs and Ls (and maybe other letters, but those stand out the most to me)
Post # 13
I’m also in the never use baby talk camp.
Post # 14
- Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House
I’m in the camp that says to never use it in the first place, because it’s not the way you want them to learn to speak.
Post # 15
I don’t make up words when I use “baby talk” I just talk in a higher pitch. I didn’t think about that when I answered in my post.
Post # 16
If you are referring to child directed speech (motherese), then I would stop between 12 and 24 months because children are starting to prefer adult talk at that point.