There's something about babies, with their adorable toes and their (sometimes) sweet smell, that can make even the toughest grown-up melt into a pile of babbling flesh. Try as you might, these tiny humans can put a spell on you that makes you forget every English word you know and speak in cutesy, high-pitched babble instead. But whether you find it absolutely adorable or totally annoying, before you begin to go ga ga over your new baby, you should know exactly how baby talk affects your kid later in life.
Making up nonsensical words isn't going to add any points to your child's SAT score, but there is evidence that regular "baby talk" conversations with your little one has some benefits, including holding his attention. According to NY Metro Parents, infants enjoy the exaggerated facial expressions that often accompany baby talk. And once you've got his attention, the slower, more deliberate speech you use in "baby talk" helps him understand basic words and sounds. As Today's Parent mentioned, exaggerating your consonant and vowel sounds can help your baby recognize the difference between them.
Although you may feel ridiculous in the moment, "baby talk" can play a positive role in your child's speech development. So keep chatting. All of that baby talk is helping your child build an incredible vocabulary that they'll use to talk back to you in their teen years.