08/26/2016 07:31 EDT | Updated 08/26/2016 07:59 EDT

Baby Talk: The Surprising Reason It's Good For Babies

For some people, the presence of babies automatically triggers the urge to make a high-pitched voice and increase the amount of nonsensical words in their vocabulary. This phenomenon is called baby talk.

Baby talk is loved and hated amongst many, but what if baby talk was actually good for babies?

A recent study at the University of Washington says the exaggerated method of speech helps babies learn how to speak. When parents used a cheerful tone, spoke slowly and overemphasized important words, the baby actually learned more words than from a parent who didn’t.

It’s not just the "nom noms" that helps a baby learn to speak; it’s the one-on-one interaction with parents that encourages babies to babble.

So the next time you find yourself about to gag at din din time because of baby talk, just remember that it's a way for parents to teach their child how to talk.

Watch the video above for more on how a wittle baby talk is actually beneficial.

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