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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Abby 10/7/2015

I love this article, I remember the first time we heard or son just chattering away in his crib I snuck in and recorded it.


Shark Bait 10/5/2015

This is very interesting, my baby boy is always talking by himself. Now I know to let him talk for a while by himself

Very Creative Conversations


Children can retell a story and be very detailed in their own way. They talk to their dolls like you talk to them. It's important to pay attention to know how your choice of words makes them feel.

Interesting thought


I thought she was talking to her toys. This makes more sense.

Baby Chatter


I love that they say its them talking about their experiences. I can only imagine my daughter hollaring about how the cat ran away from her - yet again lol

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