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.

Leave a comment *Mandatory text
I confirm I have written the entirety of the content and agree to the community guidelines and terms and conditions
  • Show comments

Crib talkbaby talks at bedtime

2/13/2016

I didn't know this interesting because my son does the same thing at night

Interesting

Amanda 2/13/2016

I love listening to my daughter talk ! its so cute and she smiles when she talks!

Interesting

Tabitha 2/13/2016

It is so cute listening to them babble at this stage. I will try to remember not to interrupt!

Incredible

2/13/2016

Our son does if he's laying down for a nap or just before bedtime. We noticed that he will appear to be repeating things quietly to himself - with the few words that he knows. Usually it happens after something he gets excited about and then settles down or is ready for bed.

interested

2/11/2016

This was a very interesting article to read

Sleep Training: Creating a Good Bedtime Routine

Getting a little one to settle down can be tricky. Find out how to set up an effective bedtime routine with these quick tips.

Read more

Preparing for a Pregnancy: 3 Steps for Staying Healthy

You may not be planning to have another baby right now. But there are some simple, commonsense steps you can take to prepare for a pregnancy when you are ready. Find out what to do.

Read more