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The New Adventures Of A HollyDaddy — My Baby's First Words (Sort Of)!

Thu, February 24, 2011 1:20pm EDT by 2 Comments
Posted Thu, February 24, 2011 1:20pm EDT

Baby Callum has started talking!

I know, two-and-a half months is pretty early, but it all kicked off one day last week and now we can’t shut the little chap up! From the crisis in Libya to Obama’s health-care bill and the New York Knicks’ play-off hopes — he’s got an opinion on it all and will share it with anyone who’ll lend him an ear.

Sadly, I can’t honestly tell you what he’s been rambling on about until I’ve deciphered exactly what language he’s speaking.

Callum’s rants mainly comprise of the words “agoo” and “gaga” (her youngest fan?) followed by a series of high-pitched squeals.

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It’s been amazing watching him transition from the crying, sleeping and pooping stage to the smiling, giggling and gurgling stage.

But it’s of great frustration to both father and son that we’re unable to communicate in a way we both understand.

We had been doing so well; even managing to figure out which cry means, “I’m hungry” (angry, loud and repetitive) and which one means, “I’m dirty” (more of a whine).

But when it comes to everyday chatter, Callum is left furrowing his brow when I’m only able to repeat what he’s just said.

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It’s also left me with a bit of a dilemma about how to approach baby talk.

I’d always believed (rightly or wrongly) that we should treat infants as little adults and speak to them in plain, clear English (or whatever your language of choice is).

But now I’m face-to-face with him, and it’s the only way I can communicate with my son. So I can’t help but repeat his gurgles back to him.

So I did some digging and it turns out I was wrong all along. Baby talk DOES have its benefits.

According to researchers, repeating my baby’s meaningless babble back to him serves as a kind of dry run for when he can really talk — as well as helping him understand that a conversation is a two way thing (I know a few adults who could use that lesson!).

So, armed with that scientific proof, I’ll be gaga-ing and googoo-ing away with Callum. Even if it does make me look a bit weird.

Check out the video below of Callum in action.

And send in your own baby talk videos!

— Ian Garland