Is it okay to use "baby talk"?
Absolutely! Infants naturally respond to exaggerated intonation. Using a high pitched, sing-song voice will help to maintain their attention and interest in you. When your baby begins to coo and babble, make the same sounds, too. Try to keep the vocal interaction going back and forth. You’ll be starting his first conversations and helping him to learn that people take turns to talk! As he gets older, make silly sounds together at bath time or play time (say vroom for a truck; blow a raspberry at the soap suds). This vocal play will help him learn to say his first words, too.
Courtney Lewis, M.S. SLP-CCC
accessAbilities First Steps Early Intervention provides a variety of home-based services for children ages birth to age 3. These services are designed to foster learning and growth during the most important developmental stages as well as provide support for the family as a whole.
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