WHEN your kids are first learning new words it can be tempting to baby talk to them.

But according to this expert that's exactly what you should avoid doing if you want your kids to develop properly.

Parenting expert Dr Kristyn Sommer, who earned her PHD in child development, took to TikTok to share why she never does this with her daughter.

No goo-goo-gaga for this mum, Kristyn says she would never recommend baby talk with your kids, even if they are still a baby.

The pro said that doesn't mean she chats to her daughter the same way she'd talk to an adult, she still slows down her speech and elongates sounds to make sure her daughter understands.

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One of the biggest mistakes parents make when baby talking with their kids is repeating mistakes they make.

Kristyn says if her daughter says 'bot-bot' instead of 'bottle', she'd alwayscorrect her.

This is because it gives her daughter another chance to pronounce the word correctly and doesn't reaffirm the wrong way to say it, even if it does sound cute.

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The pro said she would never encourage her daughter to say words wrongCredit: @drkristynsommer/Tiktok

Child directed speech is still important according to the pro, just not in the way you might think.

Don't criticise your kids when they do pronounce things wrong, just correct them, repeating the word slowly so they have another chance to say the word and "see how it feels in their mouth", the doctor says.

Other parents agreed with the useful tip: "This totally works, I've been doing it with my four-year-old since he was born, he's got great vocabulary."

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Another added: "Yeah, imagine you were trying to learn a new language and the native speaker let you say things wrong."

A third shared: "In nursery and day-care I can point out the children whose parents baby talk to them without anyone telling me, it's very obvious."

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