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Interesting article about whether or not “baby talk” benefits little ones.
http://www.slate.com/blogs/lexicon_valley/2013/11/26/baby_talk_does_slow_exaggerated_speech_or_motherese_as_it_s_called_aid_in.html
Do / did you use baby talk with yours?

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  1. Surprisingly, no… I say surprisingly because we constantly did with our dog, but for some reason, it just stopped when the baby was born. I was an English major/Journalism minor in college, so I swore my child(ren) would grow up speaking proper grammar despite the fact that we live in the deep South. I do tend to elongate vowels and maybe speak at a slower pace with my son, but I don’t baby talk with improper grammar and mispronounced words. I want him to learn it the right way the first time!

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    1. You have the right idea using proper grammar with your son!

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  2. I did it and still do but it’s not as bad as it used to be. I also did it with my dogs. I just can’t help it 😛

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  3. Baby talk isn’t a bad thing depending on how it’s done. It can help little ones tune in to what you’re saying. It’s important to still use correct grammar when “baby” talking to our children. With dogs, I don’t think it matters how you do it. 🙂

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    1. Maybe that’s why my dog doesn’t speak correctly. Hahaha!

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  4. I don’t worry so much about correct grammar while they’re babies because I just want to get them making noises first. I prefer to wait til they understand the difference between baby talk and “big people” talk to start trying to correct them.

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    1. I agree with not correcting young children’s grammar, but I do think that modeling correct speech and language ourselves is a good idea. Even babies just learning to make sounds are listening closely to what we say and trying to make sense of what they hear. Using proper sentence structure can help give children more information and the cues they need to better understand words and eventually learn grammar.

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    2. I also agree with not correcting incorrect grammar yet but using it yourself to model proper usage. I have noticed, however, that I tend to mimic my son more with “baby talk” now that he’s talking more. He says things like “eat eat” and “raff” for giraffe, and I find myself using his words instead of the correct words just because it’s how he says it and it’s so cute! But I try really hard to say the correct words and use correct grammar myself to help him learn to speak correctly when he can!

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    3. I do the same thing sometimes with my daughter and nephews. When my nephews were babies they would say “Ra-ra” instead of Cara. Now, at almost 5 and 7, they can say my name great, but I’m still “Ra-ra” to them. Some things are just too cute to not repeat! 🙂

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  5. A new study from the Universities of Washington and Connecticut indicates positive benefits in early language development, particularly increased vocabulary, for young children whose parents used baby talk (or “motherese”) with them. This video explains: http://www.slate.com/articles/video/video/2014/01/baby_talk_good_for_kids_study_shows_families_that_speak_parentese_teach.html

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