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What is the meaning of baby talk?

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Before babies learn to speak English, Chinese, Spanish, or any real language, they babble and coo. This play with sounds is called baby talk, and they sound similar the world over.

The first 3 years of life, when a baby's brain is growing quickly, are a critical stretch for learning to talk. During that time, you and your child will communicate through baby talk.

From: Your Baby's First Words WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: "Speech and Language Developmental Milestones." National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families, Zerotothree.org: "Helping Your Child Learn To Talk" and "Communication Skills." National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities: "Developmental Milestones." Hawaii Department of Health: "Good Hearing Helps a Baby Learn To Talk."



Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 20, 2018

SOURCES: National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: "Speech and Language Developmental Milestones." National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families, Zerotothree.org: "Helping Your Child Learn To Talk" and "Communication Skills." National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities: "Developmental Milestones." Hawaii Department of Health: "Good Hearing Helps a Baby Learn To Talk."



Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 20, 2018

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