Tuesday, January 27, 2009

How to Talk to Your Baby

I recently saw the Mark Wahlberg talks to animals clip on hulu. I thought it was hilarious. It got me thinking about how I talk to Braden. I have always believed that you should talk to your babies like they are adults. I know certain sounds and high pitch voices are supposed to be more pleasing to babies. That is OK with me. My problem is the way people use improper grammar with babies and how they make up sounds. Basically most people talk to babies like the baby is an idiot.

I think you should talk to the baby the way you want him to talk when he is able. We all know that you shouldn't curse around a young child because they repeat what they hear. If we know that then why do we continue to say things like "hims a big boy" to our children. We know they will repeat what we say so why do we intentionally tell them wrong. I think talking to your child like a real person helps develop their brain and enables them to learn faster and thus be smarter.

Now this theory is followed by almost no one. So it leads to people staring at me like I have 2 heads when I talk to Braden. I ask questions and hold one sided adult conversations although there is no chance of response. Basically I look very much like Andy Samberg's portrayal of Mark Wahlberg when I talk to Braden but I am going to keep doing it so just laugh away.

1 comment:

New-Dad-Blog said...

Besides the Sarah Palin stuff that has been one of the few bright spots on SNL in years. I watch it all the time.

Good call on the baby talk. I like you're theory and will try to implement it when my daughter makes her grand appearance. My wife has me talk to her belly so the baby can hear her dad, but I have to admit I feel stupid whenever I do it. I just don't know what to say. . .

Say hello to your mother for me. . .