Babies learn the mother tongue in two ways: by listening to their parents speak and with extra stimuli. These stimuli will be the ones that the little ones will use so that almost like magic, they begin to express their first words. But, if you talk to him in a certain way, can your baby be smarter?
Although it is true, that it is a loving way of talking with the little ones, we cannot lose sight of the fact that speaking in an affectionate way does not have to interfere to stimulate babies correctly, rather the opposite.
Have you ever caught yourself lengthening words when speaking to a baby that is just a few months old? To put loving but ridiculous words in your sentences? To lower the tone but sharpen it? Surely your answer is yes to all these questions, and we understand you … it has happened to all of us at some time!
Speak With Love
In reality, according to science, talking to your baby in this loving way doesn’t have to hinder his language learning, and in fact, it might even make him smarter! This makes sense, since when you speak to him in this affectionate way, the baby feels more connected to you, so he will listen to you more and better than if you speak correctly and without an affectionate tone.
Research published in the journal mentioned above looked at the language behavior of 26 babies for 8 hours and 4 consecutive days. The results revealed that the babies who knew the most words were those whose parents had spoken to them in an affectionate and childlike tone.
This type of language is known as “the language of the parents” because it is an instinctive way of talking to babies… And now we know, that you can talk to your child in this way since it will not harm him at all.
The love that your words convey and the affection when pronouncing them will make your little one feel much more calm and confident. This will allow him to be open to learning almost without him noticing and to listen to all the words you say … Even if it is with a too childish tone. This does not matter, what really matters is the love that you convey with your words.
When you speak to a baby with love and also use simple phrases, a higher tone, pause, repeat words… the baby will pay a lot of attention to you! And thanks to this, you will learn the language! He will internalize the words you say so that in the not too distant future, he will be able to repeat them when he starts speaking.
Parents’ Communication With Their Babies
The way in which parents communicate with their babies is essential for the development of the little ones. But not only in the communication itself, but also in how that communication is.
Cold communication without affection will not allow a child to develop properly. What they always need is a communication full of affection where love is even more protagonist than the words themselves.
Have conversations with your baby even if he doesn’t answer you or even if his answers are babbling. His brain is working a thousand per hour to learn each of the words that come out of your mouth … and if you say them with all your love, even better!