I remember I once read somewhere that baby talk might not be good for babies — that the high-pitched gibberish (a.k.a. motherese) prevents children from getting a good basis for language. I’m so glad to find out that this – like I always felt it to be – is incorrect.
The Donders Institute, known for its neurocognitive research, explains more on its Donders Wonders Blog: Oopie Whoopsie! Baby Talk is Actually Good For Babies.
One study based on home audio recordings found that the more IDS [Infant-Directed Speech] parents used with their 11 to 14 month-old babies, the more the babies babbled back and, in turn, the more words they knew by the age of two.
It comes down to this: talking to babies is not just natural, it is essential for their ‘linguistic nutrition’. Of course, baby talk is for babies, and the older they become, the more important the actual meaning of words become. Read More