So recently I was asked why I don’t baby talk more with Daniel. I was a little taken aback as I really didn’t understand what was meant so I was quite amused by the 5 minute demonstration that followed. Now, I am a strong advocate of raising your child as you deem fit and therefore expect the same. And no, even with the rather animated demo, I will not baby talk.
So in our house its not moo moo, its milk and its not boo boo its ouch. Daniel walked from 9 months but hasn’t really started talking yet so we use baby sign to communicate followed by full words. So when he wants to eat he does the sign and also says foooo which will hopefully eventually become food.
Rach spoke clearly at 14 months and didn’t have an hint of the squeaky baby voice until she turned 5 and suddenly started squeaking. She said some of her friends spoke like that so she wanted to “try it out”. Thankfully that phase lasted a day.
Yes, we do use a different tone with the kids and we will occasionally add a -kie or -loo at the end eg. Milkies, Rachy-loo but the words will always relate to its actual pronunciation.
There are too many adults out there with the squeaky baby voice still and I really do not want to add to that in any way. My kids will grow up using their words to communicate, not a cute mash up of sounds.
But….each to their own!