You know your toddler is ready to speak when he starts to use words like “ball” and “cat.” At this point, you may be tempted to say, “That’s right! That’s a ball! And that’s a cat!”
But if you talk to your toddler like an adult, he may think you are ignoring him. To help your toddler learn to speak, use baby talk.
Some parents worry that using baby talk will make their toddlers think that speaking is silly or childish. But this is not true! Baby talk is not the same as words spoken in a baby voice.
As long as you use simple words and talk to your toddler often, it will help him learn how to speak in a normal way.
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What is baby talk?
Baby talk is the way you talk to your toddler when he is learning to speak. When you use baby talk, you use short words and simple sentences. Baby talk is also called infant-directed speech.
You also make sure that the words you use are the same ones your toddler uses. This will make his attempts at communication easier.
Language development is important for your toddler. He will learn to talk, listen, and play with others. He will also be able to follow directions and express his feelings. The more you talk to your toddler, the more he will learn necessary communication skills.
Your Baby Talk Words and Phrases:
Baby talk words are the same as regular words except they are shorter and easier for your toddler to say. For example, when you say “I want,” it is easier for your toddler to say “wanna.”
Baby talk is not a language disorder. They are simply how babies talk! After all, babies can’t be bothered with difficult grammatical structures.
Your baby talk phrases are short sentences that are easy for your toddler to understand. They should be just a few words long so that he can repeat them easily. You can also make up a new word or phrase each time you use it with him.
Why do parents use baby talk?
Parents use baby talk with their toddlers because it helps them learn to speak. Using short words and simple sentences makes it easier for toddlers to understand what they are saying. And using the same words as their parents helps toddlers learn how to speak in a normal way.
For example, if you say “mama” when you are talking to your toddler, he will know that “mama” means “mommy” when he uses it himself.
And if you say “doggie” when you are talking about your dog, he will know that “doggie” means “dog” when he uses it himself. This is why using baby talk with your toddler is a good idea!
How do you use baby talk?
You can use baby talk with your toddler in a lot of different ways. You can talk to him about his favorite toys and what he likes to do.
You can also tell him stories about his day at school or tell him about the things you are doing at home. During child time, you can also read books to your toddler and point out the words in the book that he knows.
If you want to use baby talk, you should remember these things:
- Use short words and simple sentences when you talk to your toddler. If your sentences are too long, he may not understand what you are saying.
- Use the same words as your toddler when you talk to him. This will help him learn how to speak in a normal way. For example, if he says “duck” when he is talking about his toy duck, say “duck” too! This will help him learn how words work together in a sentence.
- Try to talk to your toddler as much as possible. This will help him learn to speak. If you have trouble thinking of things to say, you can ask him questions about his favorite toys and what he likes to do.
- Be patient! It may take a while for your toddler to understand what you are saying, but this is normal! Keep talking, give him positive reinforcement, and he will learn more quickly!
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When should you use baby talk?
You can use baby talk with your toddler any time you want! You can talk to him about the things he is doing, the things he likes to do, or about the things you are doing.
You can also tell him stories about his day at school or tell him about the things you are doing at home. You can also read books to your toddler and point out the pictures in books that he knows.
The more often you talk to your toddler, the more ahead he is in his language milestones.
Language skills and baby talk
You can also use baby talk to help your toddler learn how to talk. Babies learn to speak by listening to the sounds that adults make. It’s their understanding of language and how they improve their speech patterns.
When you use baby talk, your toddler will be able to hear the sounds that he needs to learn how to say words. It basically improves their awareness of language sounds.
For example, if you want your toddler to learn how to say “ball,” you can use baby talk and say, “Look at the bawwwwwwwlll.” This way, your toddler will be able to hear all of the sounds in the word “ball.”
Or if you want your toddler to learn how to say “chair,” you can use baby talk and say, “Here is a cahhhhhhhhhhuh.” This way, your toddler will be able to hear all of the sounds in the word “chair.”
This is called modeling language. You are modeling or showing your toddler what words sound like by using them yourself. You are not saying these words because they are hard for you or because they are easy for you. You are saying them because they sound right when you say them.
What should you avoid when using baby talk?
When you use baby talk, you should avoid these things:
- Don’t talk to your toddler like an adult. You should not use words that he does not know or use words that are too long for him to understand.
- Don’t talk about things that are hard for your toddler to understand. For example, if you are talking about what you did at work today, you may want to avoid using words like “boss” and “meetings”. Those are considered grown-up language and your toddler might not understand them.
- Don’t correct your toddler when he uses baby talk. This will make him feel bad and may stop him from talking to you.
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