How can I use my voice to get my baby's attention?

To use your voice to get your baby's attention, try speaking to the baby in a high-pitched baby voice. This is more likely to get his attention than if you use your normal adult voice, according to Canadian researchers. Babies, it seems, are more interested in hearing from other babies (or adults who imitate them) than from adults.

In a series of experiments, babies listened to a repeating vowel sound that mimicked those made by an adult woman or by another baby, while their attention spans were measured. Babies paid attention to the baby vowels almost 40% longer than the adult ones and showed their preference by smiling or moving their mouths as they listened. Researchers said that babies appreciate other baby sounds as a way to become aware of their own voices.

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