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    Default 2.5 year old using 'baby' talk, driving me mad!

    Hi everyone,

    DD has always been really good with words & language. She's pretty advanced and has been talking in coherent sentences since approx. 18 months of age. Everyone comments on it, her daycare in particular always make mention of how clear her spoken communication is, little surprise really as her mummy and daddy loooove to talk talk talk ... we are a very communicative family.

    BUT. Recently, DD has started to use baby talk sometimes in her usual speech. For example: "Mummy, can I play with the truck and the goo goo doo doo?" My response is usually to not make a big deal out of it and just ask her to repeat and use her words properly this time... to which she will often repeat but using the same baby talk! And other times, I've noticed she will repeat nonsensical phrases over and over, such as "a bababa a bobobo a bababa" and so on.

    Wondering if anyone else has experienced this? What did you do? Is it just an attention thing?

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    Not useful but my 2.5yr old DD does this sometimes too. And sings babble/half words (usually to the tune of various kiddy tunes). And she has been talking in clear sentences for ages & has a massive vocabulary. I've never "baby talked" to her so it's seems odd.

    Might be a development thing? Trying out new sounds/syllables?

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    I wondered about the experimentation factor. Tonight I overheard her talking to herself as she was playing, she was making different sounds and repeating them. Weird kid. :-)

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    My 4 year old does this. I just tell him straight up not to talk like a baby or I won't listen. Might be a bit harder with a younger child but if she understands, you could give it a go

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    My 4 y/o DS went through a stage doing this, I just remind him he is a big boy and to speak so I can understand him properly. He stops talking like it straight away and goes back to speaking normal.


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    Oh this is my DD to a tee!!! She's 2.5 years old too and since my 9 month niece has been more vocal lately, my DD has started talking baby talk. Like your DD mine is a well talking toddler who could string sentences from 18 months. She's advanced for her age.
    She's not toilet trained either. She did have it in 3 days but then reverted to this baby nonsense and started soiling her undies constantly so back into nappies again.
    It's frustrating. No advice but I feel for you x.

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    My DD does it too, we realised after a while that it was because she was watching baby videos of herself on our phones and trying to reenact them rofl

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    Any younger siblings recently added to the family, or contact with babies?

    It's mostly experimentation, she is making links between words, and how different sounds make them different words. But of course if she has been around babies recently, it could spur on the behaviour.

    Just keep doing what you're doing, telling her you cannot understand her when she talks like a baby. And don't action her requests if she baby talks, because it will reinforce it as well!

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    My 3 yo sometimes copies her younger brother who is only starting to use his words at 15mths. Since we give him a lot of attention and praise for is babbling words, dd copies him. It's really annoying as we went through speech therapy with dd.
    so when she is seeking attention by saying "mu my where da da?" Or "I wan da tarrr" I say stop stalking like a baby, your a big girl, use your words properly. Or I ignore her baby talk.

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    My little boy occasionally "babbled" up until 3 years old. It was kind of like he was trying to fill in silence with noise, but didn't have anything to say. lol.

    If it was directed at me then I'd ask him to repeat what he meant, but otherwise it didn't particularly worry me, because he communicated well when he needed to, it was more during play, especially role-playing conversations between two figurines or something like that.

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