6yr old talking like a baby

User - posted on 09/01/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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The past 6 months My stepdaugher has started talking like a baby. She has done this a few time in the past but nothing like she is doing now. We have talked to her, sent her to her room and punished her from playing with other children. She spends half her time with us and we thought maybe it was just a need for attention but she gets plenty of that. Any one have any idea why she does this and how we can get her to stop?

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Albe - posted on 09/07/2009

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Maybe you should treat her as a baby, ie take away some advantages of being a big girl

Jodie - posted on 09/02/2009

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my sisters daughter does this from time to time it really is just a phase! I think that children this age still feel the need to "be cute" and so they use a baby voice!! We tend to say that we wont answer unless she talks properly or make a joke and say" Are you a baby again" She's not so keen on that idea lol Try not to make a big deal out of it and i'm sure she'll stop soon. Good luck

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Judy - posted on 09/09/2009

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I think it is a phase. I have went through this with my daughter. For a long time.We just eventually told her we aren't going to listen to a baby talk to us. So when we ignored it she talked like a big girl.She still does it here and there. She also has a little brother so that probably has some affect on it. But we still don't allow it. Because then he is going to want to talk like a baby as well . I would give it sometime she will grow out of it. GOOD LUCK

Kim - posted on 09/05/2009

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I found out last year that my 6 yo speaks somewhat baby talk at school. Her and her brother always spoke baby talk to our youngest but I didn't realize that she was doing it out of our home. She has a slight speech problem on top of saying Me do this ect. I didn't realize that is how she spoke irl. The teachers and I started working on it, correcting her each time. I explained i wasn't trying to pick on her just its something we need to work on. Is she around younger kids now? Just wanted to let you know about my problem incase it could apply.

Karen - posted on 09/05/2009

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I agree that it is a phase at that age. My daughter (age 10) and her friends did that when she was that age and now my son (age 6) and his friends are doing it. Drives me crazy ; )

Jodie - posted on 09/04/2009

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ugh my son is 7 and he has started talking like a baby some especially when he wants something! In a whiney voice he says me wants.......and what ever it is he wants. It drives me crazy he will be 8 soon I would think he wouldnt do that lol but I just tell him Im not getting him anything till he asks right.

Karri - posted on 09/04/2009

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what u can try 2 stop it is 2 ignore her until she says it right.tell her that u wont hear or anwser her till she says it right.then give her a little praise 4 saying it right.point out u only anwser because she said it right.

Jackie - posted on 09/04/2009

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hi my 2 girls did this 2 but der both grown out of it now....what i used 2do was always say ...sorry i cant under stand what your trying 2 say 2 me...so they had 2 use their normal voice 2 talk 2 me.....its a right pain doe when dey do talk like babies...i think myself is dat dey know der growin an dey wanta stay babies so us parents will stay picking up an cleaning up after dem....:-)

Vicky - posted on 09/03/2009

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Hi my 8 year old is doing it she started when she was 5 and I then got pregnant and it has continued to get worse since. Tried ignoring her, asking her age, wrong thing given, i even took her to the speech threapist when I took my son as he wasn't speaking properly and all I was told was let her carry on ignore her and it will eventually stop. Heres waiting for the day she does as loose my patience on occasions when out in public and say "either speak properly or not at all" and she stops. But wish it would completely stop good luck with patience its just a waiting game with kids phases.

Christina - posted on 09/02/2009

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Does she have a young sibling who baby talk? If so, she probably is learning from the other child. If not, does she do this in school? Does she speak to her friends and teachers like this too?

If not, with your patience, one day she'll find that no one will understand what she want to tell if she continues to baby talk. During this period, you need PATIENCE. PATIENCE and PATIENCE with you all the time. Watch her closely and sometimes tell her that you can't really understand the way she says. Say, she wants some Cornflakes, pretend you can't understand and get her "something else" but this "something else " should be something she dislike. If this repeated few times, the message she get in her is that if she continue to speak in this way (if she did it on purpose), others can't understand what she say and she won't get what she want. But if this prolongs, see if she needs a doctor to help at the end of the day.



The above is my personal thinking. It's alright that you may try or may not accept. Important thing is we all want our child to do things in the right way. But on the other hand, I realised after my gals aren't doing things right and that I, as an adult can't do things the right way all the time too. So we should guide them along and we are actually learning together with them. Don't you think so?

Misty - posted on 09/02/2009

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my son was the same way... i told him if he wanted to talk like a baby i would start treating him like one....bought baby food (jarred) bottles put a gate up around his bed set his bed times early and woke him up early not letting him play with his big boy friends or ride his bike.....eventually he stopped he didnt like being a baby anymore

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My daughter was doing this. It drove me CrAzY! What I did was refused to speak to her. I would ask her to tell me how old she was...then once she answered...she would answer in a big girl tone and continue her conversation. It really worked for us.

Krystal - posted on 09/01/2009

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My five year old use to do this from time to time and my husband and I explained to her we would not answer or respond to her if she does that, she eventual stopped when she saw we were not joking.

Tanya - posted on 09/01/2009

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I think that it's a phase that they go through. My 5 yr old has started this as well and it is annoying at times. We ignore her when she talks like that and remind her to use her big girl voice. This is working for us, she isn't nearly as bad as she was a couple of months ago, a few slips here and there.

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