Making sense of baby talk

Making sense of baby talk


A new MARCS BabyLab study has found that baby talk is the best way to communicate with an infant.

BabyLab researcher Dr Christine Kitamura says adults who switch on an annoying sing-song voice whenever a baby is put in front of them are helping develop the child's language and social skills.

"You just put a baby in front of someone and they change how they talk," she told The Sunday Telegraph.

"It's not a silly speech style and it doesn't hurt the babies. In fact, it helps them develop language and social skills and communicate with one another."

The full article was published in The Sunday Telegraph on Sunday, 11 April 2010.

You can find out more about research conducted at MARCS BabyLab by visiting our research page.