You've seen it happen before. One of your friends has a baby, and suddenly they begin talking in baby voice — not just to their child, but to you, too. If the baby talk is translating into adult conversations, you can only imagine what it's like when the baby's actually present. And you know what? It's hard not to fall into. When I see a baby, it's almost like I have to fight against baby talk. By arming yourself with ideas of what to do instead of baby talk, you'll be able to fight that incessant urge to goo-goo and ga-ga back at your baby. (Or other peoples babies, because it's just as difficult to resist with them.)
Talking to your baby is an incredibly important part of their development, so staying silent is not the solution to your baby talk blues. Rather than paring down on what you're saying to your child, the following ideas suggest you actually ramp it up. So the next time you find yourself about to mumble some sweet baby talking nothings into your baby's ear, reach for one of these options instead, and you'll be doing both you and your baby a favor in the long run.