Though there is conflicting information out there in the google-sphere on whether or not baby talk or “Motherese” should be used with children, we are all for it over here at Sound.
Motherese/Parentese is a way of communicating with your child using:
higher than usual pitch
talking about shared perceptions
use of repetition
calling attention to objects
using slowww stretchyyy speech
Motherese/Parentese is a great tool get an infants attention and expose them to language. Using Motherese/Parentese transforms the noise in an child’s world, transforming it into words for learning.
Here’s an example of a mother using Motherse/Parentese with her infant. In the video you can see the child responding to the mother with cooing, engaged eye contact, and smiles. Using Motherese/Parentese really gets an infants attention and facilitates early language skills of babbling.
Go ahead and give Motherese/Parentese or baby talk a try with your little one and let us know how it goes in the comments below!