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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almost 3 year old

9/1/2015

My almost 3 year old will do this, sometimes he will stay up 2 or 3 hours after we put him to bed, just having a ball talking to himself, singing, ect.

So sweet

kiwi 8/30/2015

Love when my baby does this.

if we could speak baby.

8/30/2015

Only if we could make since of our baby's words.

Helpful

Shell 8/29/2015

This is very helpful

Love this theory

Tay 8/27/2015

My 5 month old just started talking to herself when I lay her down for bed. She falls asleep within minutes. I love the thought of her thinking of her day.

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