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Baby talk: a poor or smart decision?

‘She likes your high voice’ a friend of mine said to me once about his daughter. Yes, I am that person who talks in a sing-song voice when speaking to babies.  I’ve heard this voice many times when I am talking to my baby while standing at the supermarket checkout, with people around me smiling (smirking?) and probably wondering why I sound so cringe-worthy.

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My daughter thinks the moon is a ball…

We live in the middle of Brisbane City in a small Queenslander so my daughter’s first words so far have been quite ‘city-slickerish’.  Light (ight); fan, (ffff); ball (ba_); and shoes (sooz) are some of her earliest and best words so far.

So the ‘nature-lover’ in me was delighted to see her pointing up at the moon the other night.  Funnily enough, while she pointed to the moon, she unmistakably announced that it was a ‘ball’.  This mistake made me laugh but I also found it fascinating to reflect upon first words and how language develops.

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