There's a reason why we do this. Our minds are hardwired to try to please and impress infants, to take care of them and get them at least to preschool before we seriously realize how much time and money we've spent on these defenseless, drooling little lumps. Humans take much longer to grow and mature to adulthood than the vast majority of life on this planet. They require care and nurturing that no animal does. Therefore, in order to continue the species, we see babies as precious things to be loved and nourished, not something that can easily be abandoned, or even seen as a potential food source. (I can't be the only one who's read Jonathon Swift's A Modest Proposal. Yes, he's the guy that wrote Gulliver's Travels. No, I'm not responsible for the chill that went down your spine when you realized you were nodding along with his logical suggestions).
Babytalk, therefore, is an instinct that is programmed in to
Still, I'm not sure how to stop. I'm halfway through a sentence before I even realize I'm doing it, and it does make a difference in how he responds to me. Maybe when he (eventually) learns how to talk, he'll ask me to stop. Maybe it will fade away naturally. And maybe I'll still be using it when he graduates Summa Cum Laude from an Ivy League University (aim high, right?). However, I'd love to hear your opinions. Do you still use babytalk, and if so, how old are your kids? Did you ever notice yourself using it more with one kid than another? What do you think is going to be the coolest commercial during the Superbowl this Sunday? That last one's a freebie. You're welcome.