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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Jen 08/02/2015

We hear our 3 year old talk to and sing to himself in bed all the time. It is the sweetest thing.

Pillow talk

08/01/2015

Best time with my 7 month old.

Ooooos and Ahhhhhs

08/01/2015

When our little one is getting sleepy we know it when he does very long Oooooooos and Ahhhhs. Cute!

Bed time chit chat

08/01/2015

My little man loves to babble when he is sleepy..it's pretty entertaining!

Baby Talk

08/01/2015

My little one is starting to "talk" and it is fun to listen in.

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