Babies Understand Mom's Tone of Voice

Posted by The Baby News

As the saying goes, it's not what you say, but how you say it. A new study found that when it come to communication, babies understand mom's tone of voice, even if they don't know the words.

The study, published in the journal Cognitive Development, examined the reactions from 84 1-year-olds to their moms voice in both English and Greek. In the experiment, mom would play with a toy and say the words "whoops" and "there" in an appropriate tone of voice. Mom would repeat the process in Greek, but using the same tone of voice.

Researchers found that babies registered the same reaction regardless of whether mom was speaking in English and Greek, proving that babies were understanding the tone of voice more than the actual words.

Study authors concluded that parents should focus on their tone of voice when speaking to baby - even if they're at a loss for talking points with toddlers, using exaggerated tones will help baby build important communication skills.


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