Talking to babies in full sentences

@lilybug (21182)
United States
June 13, 2008 11:06am CST
Do you talk to your babies in full sentences or do you use as few words as possible? I have talked to my daughter in full sentences since she was born. Same thing with my son.
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@Pitgull (1523)
• United States
13 Jun 08
I don't have babies, but when my sister was little (I'm the eldest) I always just talked to her like I did everyone else. Babies aren't stupid, they are highly intelligent and absolutely beautiful. I would talk with her, read to her, etc, all while she still used her bouncer...My mom thought I was going to spoil her by picking her up and reading to her all the time, so instead I would curl up in front of her and read to her. My mom used to just shake her head....:) My sister is brilliant, she's 13 and in all honors classes (like her sister :) ) I'm so proud of her and I really think it has to do with how we've all talked to her. We wouldn't even let anyone talk baby talk to Ashley, she never even understood it... My mom talked to me .... :)
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@lilybug (21182)
• United States
13 Jun 08
I asked because my dad was telling me the other day that if I want my daughter to go to the kitchen with her sippy cup I should just say kitchen and point. He thinks it would be easier for her to understand. He of course said this right after I told my 16 month old daughter to "Go in the kitchen and put your sippy cup on the counter." But guess what? She did it. In the kitchen and on the counter.
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@Pitgull (1523)
• United States
13 Jun 08
That's like training a dog... You obviously know how to talk to your kids...I think more mothers should do what you seem to...Kids are people, do you want someone to just point or explain what's up? How else do children learn but from example, experience and explanation? Point? Ha...that's why YOU'RE the mother..
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@beeeckie (803)
• United States
13 Jun 08
I don't have children but I've always talked to babies in full sentences. There's no other way for them to learn a language, after all! I talk to my cats and dogs in plain English also, and I *know* they understand most words. :)
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@lilybug (21182)
• United States
13 Jun 08
I talk to my pets in full sentences as well.
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• Canada
13 Jun 08
I used to talk to my son in full sentences and I talk to my daughter now in full sentences. I don't know why someone wouldn't. That is how babies learn language by listening to you. I also talk baby talk lol like when she says something to me I will copy the sounds that she made.
@razcal2267 (15577)
• United States
13 Jun 08
I don't have any kids of my own but I am basically an over paid babysitter. I could not think of talking to babies in anything but full sentences. It drive me up a wall to here people talking to children in just a few words or in that stupid tone they also use with their pets. I remember my nephew who was just about 2 at the time hearing someone talk to him in just a few words rather then full sentences. It scared him and he ran out of the room. I ran after him and he told me "something wrong that man."
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@kiwibee (240)
• New Zealand
14 Jun 08
You are wise to talk to your babies in full sentences. It increases their intelligence! Really. I always did that, and my three "babies" are now in their thirties, and all are smart and literate. I remember one night My husband came into the room when I was reading the two little ones a story (I only had the two of them at that time, say 1 yr and 3 yrs). He mocked me for reading the book, saying there were words there that the kids wouldn't understand and so it was a waste of time reading it. I disagreed (and continued reading), saying that there was more to it than understanding every little word. After all, if babies heard only words they understood, they would never learn their language (lol). It stretches the brain. I always talked to my kids as if they were a bit smarter than I expected them to be, because I used to hate it when people would "dumb down" their conversation to me when I was a kid. I remember wanting a doll in a shop window, and planning to save up for it. I went into the shop and asked the lady behind the counter what the price of the doll was (there was no tag on it) and she looked at me with goggle eyes and said "Oh, it's LOTS AND LOTS OF PENNIES". I was totally disgusted. That sort of memory made me determined to never treat my kids (or anyone else's) as if they were half-wits :-) He's still smart. And kind too. You sound like a great mother and your kids will reward you with their wonderfulness :-)
@kiwibee (240)
• New Zealand
14 Jun 08
Darned Mylot cut out half of my email. I had added something that proved how smart my son was but I can't be bothered retyping the whole thing! Mongrels :-) Anyway that's what I meant by the "he's still smart".
• United States
18 Jun 08
We used full sentences and it seems to have worked out well. My daughter has a good ability to express herself. But, then again, it could be more the child than the parents' technique.
@Elixiress (3893)
17 Jun 08
I do not have children, but it drives me insane when people talk to babies in "baby talk", I see it as being very pointless a they have to learn an entire new language for later life. Wouldn't it save parents a lot of time if they just taught their children the "right" language the first time.
• Philippines
16 Jun 08
I talk to my 21 month old son in full sentences. I just want him to understand the daily conversation at our home. But I sometimes do talk to him using only a few words if I find him having a hard time understanding what I'm saying. I think it will be easier for him to learn when I speak to him in full sentences.
@MsEddie86 (236)
• United States
15 Jun 08
Yes i do speak to my daughter in full sentences because it does help her vocabulary out tremendously. she is three years old now and she speaks in complete sentences and has been tryin to do that since she started talking. i want her to be advanced when she goes to school so i started very early with her. talkin in few words does not help expand there minds or give them many choices on using words in my opinion.
@16031981 (449)
• Jamaica
14 Jun 08
i dont av a young baby but it is better when you talk in sentences, they might not understand then but furthermore down the line they will catch on easily. they will stear in your face wondering what your talking about or my somtime smile.
@neildc (16943)
• Philippines
14 Jun 08
My kids were trained to speak the natural way even when they are still in the womb of their mother. We don't baby talk the kids. That is the first lesson in growing up a child...
@schulzie (4068)
• United States
14 Jun 08
I have always spoken to all of my children in full sentences. I don't know why a person would use few words. That is how your child builds their vocabulary. Otherwise your child might need to go to speech therapy because they are speech delayed.
@Mythel (157)
• Philippines
14 Jun 08
My son is only two months now,ever since he was in my womb I talked to him in a full sentence even though he do not understand what I am talking about I know he can feel what the sentences really mean to me.When I say some words to my son he just smile as if he really understand what I am saying about and sometimes he would response uh uh ah ah eh eh...
@sturner03 (326)
• United States
14 Jun 08
I talk to both my children in full sentances and always have. It has been proven that it is good for babies to be talked to like adults. My daughter was 1 and a half speaking full sentances. She is very advanced for her age and I try to channel it.
@Gemmygirl1 (2871)
• Australia
14 Jun 08
Sometimes i did & other times i just used single words - i figure you really don't need anything more than that in some circumstances. I'm pretty sure i spoke to her normally though but not from the very beginning, she just wasn't really awake long enough so 1 word at a time was easier & since she wasn't going to get out more than 1 word in the beginning i figured that was enough. We'll probably do the same when baby #2 comes along - which isn't far from now - start with 1 word or so & then when they can start being awake longer & are paying more attention, then you can up the amount!
@cjgrooms (4457)
• United States
14 Jun 08
I have always spoken to not only my children but all children in full sentences. That is after all how they learn. The same as i always tell them the color of anything that i hand to them or show them to help them learn their colors.
@Shawchert (1040)
• United States
14 Jun 08
I talk to my son in full sentences, because there's no better way to learn the language than to hear it full scale I know he will only understand a few things at the start but sooner he will understand more and if you keep screening some things out it will probably not hurt much, but then again it could delay... I'm not a doctor or scientist so I wouldn't know, I'd rather treat my son like a human instead of one of my dogs. :)
@ersmommy1 (12605)
• United States
13 Jun 08
We have always spoken to our daughter in full sentences. Never any baby talk. She has been talking since 9 months old. I think this is the better way for children to learn how to speak properly.
@kezabelle (2985)
13 Jun 08
I talk to them how I would anyone else although obviously sometimes it has to be "babied" down for them so they understand but I prefer to use proper sentences especially the inbetween words like it and they are etc as it helps them to learn to use them properly aswell
• United States
13 Jun 08
yes, we need talk to baby in full sentence, but in some case, i just order it with phrase!