In my opinion baby talk can delay speech and sometimes cause your child to have speech impediments. When you talk to your baby, they are learning a language. If you miss pronounce words you are teaching them wrong. Imagine you are learning a new language and you decide to buy a CD that teaches you the language. The CD starts and you listen and repeat what you are being taught. Only it is wrong and you have no idea.You go to the country where that language is spoken and try to use what you have learned to communicate with the people in that country. No one understands you. You want desperately to communicate your feelings and desires and you become very frustrated. Consider this when you talk to your child. They need to be taught correctly. They want desperately to communicate with you. So pronounce your words correctly and clearly so your child can hear you.
I have seen a number of examples with my kids and other peoples kids where there has been baby talk and no baby talk and seen the outcome. I am convinced it plays a factor in your childs developement and their ability to communicate.
I also believe it is a good idea, as your child learns to talk and gets a little practice, to correct them if they say a word or letter incorrectly. Have them slowly repeat the word or letter sound after you. This will help them to not make a habit out of saying the word or letter sound incorrectly.
What are your thoughts? Agree? dissagree? Let me know