Parenting Guide

Parenting Guide

The Science of Parent Talk

Parentese isn’t the same as baby talk, which is basically made-up words. Instead, parentese is actually tailored to help your baby learn!

Scientific research confirms that parentese enables babies to more easily distinguish the sounds and rhythms of their native language. Babies actually prefer parentese to the kind of speech we use with adults; they seem wired to tune in to language that helps them learn to speak. And we, in turn, seem to be wired to speak in parentese. Adults and even older children throughout the world use similar patterns of parentese speech when speaking to babies. What’s more, parentese also supports the emotional bond between you and your baby.

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