Ban the baby talk

It appears little ones aren’t so big on goo-goo, ga-ga. A study led by York University psychology professor Maria Legerstee found infants between one and three months old develop more rapidly when adults refrain from imitating their baby talk and socialize with them instead.

Using digital cameras to capture infant-caregiver interactions, researchers found babies were more responsive, recognized their mothers quicker when they were taking turns vocalizing and sharing emotions rather than being imitated.