Today's question is brought to you some of my friends who are new moms with cute little babies. :) They want to know if it's ok to speak "baby talk" to their kids.
Check out what this speech pathologist from The Hanen Center writes about baby talk:
However, you do want to make sure you are modeling grammatically correct speech and correct articulation. Be careful not to drop off ends of words, like -ing or -s, to shorten the sentences. It's important for kids to develop a good sense of grammar and word meanings.
As kids get older, some go through stages of developmental misarticulations. Adults might think it's "cute" and may speak back to them using those same errors. And sometimes what a child says IS funny AND cute! It's ok to talk and laugh about it. You just want to be sure and model correct articulation when speaking to them, as not to reinforce their errors.
What are your thoughts? I'd love to hear your opinions! :)