(Closed) When to stop using "baby talk"?

posted 6 years ago in Babies
  • poll: When do you stop using baby talk?
    1 year old : (39 votes)
    32 %
    2 year old : (20 votes)
    16 %
    3 year old : (5 votes)
    4 %
    4 year old : (1 votes)
    1 %
    5 year old : (0 votes)
    6 year old : (2 votes)
    2 %
    Other - Explain Below : (56 votes)
    46 %
  • Post # 3
    9139 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • 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
    1144 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    Other – I speak to babies as if they are adults.

    Post # 5
    2440 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    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
    873 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    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
    1471 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    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
    9916 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Don’t use it…just talk to babies like normal and they’ll learn language.  


    Post # 9
    1423 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2009

    No baby talk, ever!! You learn how to use language properly by hearing it spoken properly.   

    Post # 10
    3053 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2015

    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
    588 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    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
    752 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    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
    2214 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I’m also in the never use baby talk camp.

    Post # 14
    6222 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • 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
    3053 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2015

    @Jess1483:  +1

    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
    701 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    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.

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