I have found, as my budding life as a father progresses, I refer to things in the adult world using baby vernacular. For example, I refer to a bottle as “baba.” Yes, this works great for Little A, particularly around feeding time. Yet, my co-workers give me the blank stare. Fortunately, my wife understands me perfectly.
PBSkids runs regular commercials talking about…talking to your kids. This helps them to learn and develop their own communication skills. I find irony in us adults who ultimately turn normal language into baby talk.
I don’t expect Little A to be fluent in three languages by the time he’s five. However, I ask myself if I’m doing him a disservice by speaking in baby talk. Will he master the English language? Will he be able to read that book his daddy strives to write? Will he ever find someone to start his own family using words like baba? Alright, I’ll stop there. Little A is only six months old. Fortunately he is a babbler.
My point here is those commercials on PBSkids are onto something. Little A responds when mommy or daddy says something. He looks, giggles, laughs, cries, and the best are the facial expressions. So talk to your kids. It’s that simple. Talking to your kids will help them in the long run. I would suspect however, as they get older, drop the baby talk. They do need to grow up sometime.
- Q&A: When should I expect my baby to start talking? (babyzone.com)
- Baby Language Development (babyzone.com)