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You swore you’d never do it, but as anyone who comes within two feet of a newborn can attest, that sing-songy baby voice kinda gurgles up out of nowhere.

Before you feel embarrassed, get this: A recent study from Rutgers University found that baby talk (also known as “motherese”) isn’t just a maternal instinct; it’s actually super-educational for your kids.

Here’s why--according to researchers, when we use a baby voice, we tend to enunciate and exaggerate the most important syllables and properties of the language that a baby needs to learn. Because of that, it’s actually easier for babies to process and turn what they hear into speaking skills.

So the next time someone throws you side eye for cooing in a high-pitched tone, ignore 'em. You’ve got this parenting thing down.

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