Life is full of many challenges, those things that really test you emotionally, mentally or physically, the things that change who you are as a person and how you view the world. This is definitely not one of those things but it sure tests every ounce of my patience and at times does make me envision things I am sure are morally wrong and against the law.
Baby talk, I really hate baby talk, yep, even to babies.
Luckily, it doesn’t seem to happen that much in my vicinity but when it does I feel my blood warming and before it begins to literally boil I ensure that I leave because I do not wish to be imprisoned for the remainder of my natural life.
I just really don’t understand when adults choose to speak to babies but more irritatingly, older children in baby talk. The combination of referring to the child in the third person, the tone of voice- that high-pitched sound, the simple vocabulary choice and the exaggeration of any syllable within a word that turns “baby” into “baaaaaaaaby” grate on me like fingernails down a blackboard.
To my absolute disappointment though it turns out that the “Mummy looooves yooouu” style of talk is actually positive for a baby, it makes language and speaking sound fun which means they actually pay more attention to that than just regular speaking *many frustrated expletives happening under my breath*. It also means that your baby will often respond more to this type of speak as well, which in turn increases the amount a baby is exposed to verbal communication and helps them learn it too.
I am glad something positive comes from the baby talk experience, but it turns out that speaking to them ‘normally’, you know like an actual person, is also important too *fist pump*. In fact, according to WebMD babies should hear how words sound in actual conversation AND as your baby grows, the way you communicate with them should change too.
Brace yourself: Reddit reveal the worst baby names and yep, they’re pretty bad.
This brings me to my inspiration for this piece, the Grandma (who I will call Grandma X) who was speaking with her three-year-old granddaughter at a playground last week.