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Crib Talk: Baby talk at bedtime

Crib Talk: Baby talk at bedtime

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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2nd Child

5/10/2016
I have learned that each child is different. My first one talked it seemed from the beginning. My second is now 17 months and still refuses to say anything other than "bubba".

2yr old

na 5/10/2016
My son talks all the time before he falls a sleep

Helpful reminders

5/9/2016
We have a 3 month old and 2 teenagers! It's amazing how much you forget!

Very Helpful

5/8/2016
As a young mother this helped me so much when it came time for crib training.

yes

5/8/2016
Love this my son loved to talk and make sounds Mostly when his sleepy
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