Maybe it's a discussion bound for the breastfeeding versus formula-feeding category, destined to debated for centuries to come. However, whatever way I choose to speak to my child is ultimately my decision, and one of the biggest reasons I refuse to apologize for using "baby talk" with my child.
Honestly, Baby talk gets such a bad rap, and in the last several years there have been studies and reports saying that baby talk is bad for child development. Then, of course, there were studies proving the opposite: that using baby talk with your kids is actually better for their language skills and bonding. Of course, it's important to clarify what I mean when I say "baby talk." We're not talking about repeating "goo-goo, ga-ga" over and over, or using nonsense words or gibberish. Instead, we're talking about that sing-song voice I find myself using all day long, when I'm getting my daughter dressed or reading her a book that only has one word per page, so I add a few extra.
Honestly, I think baby talk is what keeps us sane when we're talking to a creature that can't talk back, or only has a few words in their vocabulary that they like to repeat ad nauseam and until you think your head explodes. Plus, it's a great way for a child to engage and bond with you, as well as learn critical language skills. I don't plan on talking to her when she's 5, using all sing-song words and that high-pitched mom voice that makes even me cringe when I hear it, but for now I'm not apologizing for speaking to my baby with baby talk.