Crib Talk: Baby talk at bedtime

Crib Talk: Baby talk at bedtime

Our kids sometimes talk to themselves when they're alone in bed, or at other times. These monologues, it turns out, may help them make sense of their day and process new experiences. Shhhhh — don't interrupt them!

Does your child talk to herself when she's alone in bed? Her monologues may help her make sense of her day. At least, that's the theory from Katherine Nelson, a psychologist at the City University of New York. Nelson and her colleagues studied "crib talk" and found it to be very rich.

New world experiences

Their evidence shows that small children who chatter to themselves are re-creating their world by retelling and interpreting key experiences, such as being left at day care or meeting a new pet. By talking these experiences over, your child finds meaning in them and this, in turn, enhances her developing sense of self.

Listen and learn

These special musings are part of your child's growing emotional and cognitive skills. So listen to what she has to say without interrupting. Don't be surprised if you hear your own scolding voice or an imitation of your comfort talk. She's going over everything that happened to her, which naturally includes what goes on in your family.

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This is helpful

Chaslyn 11/27/2015

Reading this is preparing me for my journey in to motherhood

Thank you for this

Coco 11/25/2015

I am glad I read This article early. I wont interrupt. Thank you

I noticed


I noticed my LO doing this and I thought she was just bored. Good to know.

Great advice

Ry 11/24/2015

I really learned a lot thank you

So true


Even my 6 year old still talks to himself in bed while waiting to fall asleep!

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