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Dear Abby Asked by Dear Abby
8/18/2020

Is it OK to "baby talk" to a child?

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Yes

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No WINNER

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43%
Yes

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Fozzie Bear
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Fozzie Bear

Up to a certain age. By 3 or 4, adults should be speaking like adults so the child will learn that. I think continuing past that point could even harm the child psychologically.

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Valarie Stauffer
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Valarie Stauffer

To a degree. O did a bit 30 some years ago. Nothing extreme.

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Lee Miller
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Lee Miller

If they are very young. Motherese helps language, doesn't hinder.

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Phyllis Burk
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Phyllis Burk

Of course. They don't actually understand the words but they love the tone. They will pick up the language as they grow olderf.

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Grace Davies
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Grace Davies

Baby talk as in baby tones and sing song voices is fine. Just use the correct words.

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Barry Rashford
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Barry Rashford

Sometimes it helps to get to the child's level

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Deborah J Kyle
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Deborah J Kyle

This all depends on the age of the child.

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Graddy 8
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Graddy 8

Depends on the age but overall why not?

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James Mollohan Sr.
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James Mollohan Sr.

Yes it's perfectly normal, they are children, so let them be children, don't expect too much out of children, it takes away from their childhood

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Linda Jeffcoat Amick
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Linda Jeffcoat Amick

Only when they are infants.

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57%
No

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Laughing N. Learning
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Laughing N. Learning

They are not babies. Even babies don't mean to speak gibberish so why lower your IQ to such a ignorant level?

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Mar Weski
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Mar Weski

I believe it makes it more difficult for them to learn to talk.

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Laura Darnell
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Laura Darnell

I don't care if others do, but I am unable to use baby talk with a child.

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H R Gesell
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H R Gesell

How are they going to learn the words and the language otherwise? I can still play with them without the baby talk

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Valerie Taylor
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Valerie Taylor

Define baby talk. Using simple words in a higher-pitched voice is fine. Mispronouncing words, echoing back to them their own mispronunciations, using "Mommy" instead of "I", all bad practices.

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jeanne coimbra
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jeanne coimbra

Child will talk baby talk

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Wendy Adrianson
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Wendy Adrianson

Babies learn what they hear. If you talk baby talk, that is how they will talk. It's easier to learn it right to start than to relearn how to speak.

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Carolyn Hess Hammons
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Carolyn Hess Hammons

I think it undermines their confidence

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Carl Evans
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Carl Evans

Goo. Gaga. Giggle. Giggle.

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