I was talking with my neighbor the other day about raising kids and he said, “Yeah, my boy has some behavioral issues, and we did everything we were supposed to do." He listed a few things like we don’t put him in front of screens, he plays outside a lot, and he also said, “and we never talked to him like he was a baby.”
I thought “Uh oh. Am I not supposed to be talking to my little June like she’s a baby because I do all the time!” She’s too cute not to. I mean I even talk to my husband and dog in baby talk… it’s just how we roll around here.
That exact day I read in Thirty Million Words that baby talking to your baby is not only okay, but good for your baby’s executive function and self-regulation development.