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Pregnancy Life & Style - - BABY TALK -

There’s a rea­son why we use ‘baby talk’ when we talk to our off­spring, ac­cord­ing to re­searchers from West­ern Syd­ney Univer­sity – it’s so we ap­pear less in­tim­i­dat­ing to them. Re­searcher Dr Ma­rina Kalash­nikova says when moth­ers speak to their ba­bies, they un­con­sciously speak in a high pitched tone of voice. “These re­sults show that moth­ers make this un­con­scious ad­just­ment when speak­ing to their ba­bies, and this in turn al­lows them not only to com­fort their baby, but also help them learn the sounds of their lan­guage,” says Ma­rina.

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