Baby talk, also known as “motherese” or “parentese” refers to the speech patterns we often use when speaking to babies.
Baby talk usually uses a higher and more varied pitch, more simple vocabulary, lots of repetition, emphasis of important words, a slower rate of speaking, and exaggerated facial expression.
But can too much baby talk hinder language development?
It’s generally accepted that using baby talk is beneficial until about 9 – 15 months.
After this it’s important to expose your child to a rich variety of vocabulary, which includes grammatically correct phrases and sentences, proper inflection and pausing.
Baby talk makes it easier for babies to understand how language works, which words are most important to the meaning of what’s being said, what words mean and eventually helps them learn to say words.