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To think that parents sound stupid when they use baby talk?

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Samu2 Mon 04-Mar-13 17:19:39

I was out walking my dog and a mother stopped me so her nursery age child could look at my "woo woo" "Look at the cutey woo woo"

It's a dog not a bloody cutey woo woo!

I admit that I might be more easily annoyed today because I have an infection in my gum and didn't sleep.

Pagwatch Mon 04-Mar-13 17:21:50


Parents engaging with their DC is fine. Don't be such a curmudgeon.

HousewifeFromHeaven Mon 04-Mar-13 17:22:29

Yabu. My woo woo loves being spoke to like a baby.

On the other hand, my kids speak to me like i'm a baby, so I guess in that case yanbu grin

Dottiespots Mon 04-Mar-13 17:23:21

Do you not have children then Samu2???

aldiwhore Mon 04-Mar-13 17:24:24

YANBU to think that us parents that use baby speak sound crackers, I certainly sounded crackers for many years.

YABU to think we should stop, or that your opinion means anything to us. smile

I STILL say (and always will) Glubs (gloves), Pindowie (peanut butter) and plitters (slippers) although these were invented by my young children.

Samu2 Mon 04-Mar-13 17:24:25

Yes, I have five.

I don't call dogs woo woo's though!

FeckOffCup Mon 04-Mar-13 17:24:46

Are you sure it wasn't woof woof not woo woo?

YABU, it's easy to slip into repeating things back to toddlers that they say when they can't say the right thing yet, at least they are talking to the child.

vladthedisorganised Mon 04-Mar-13 17:25:32

Could be worse.. She could have said it to another adult (aaaaargh)

Samu2 Mon 04-Mar-13 17:26:29

aldiwhore.. that is different and funny. My Mum still calls jumpers Jumpies as that is what I used to call them when I was little.

JamieandtheMagicTorch Mon 04-Mar-13 17:26:41

I don't have a problem with baby talk, at some point the DC will learn the word dog.

If it's loud and Ostentatious talking then that grates a bit.

grin Housewife You are talking about your dog aren't you?

<thinks slightly rude thoughts>

HollyBerryBush Mon 04-Mar-13 17:26:46

Could have been worse, she ould have sais "oi ya little fecker, look at the fecking dog, innit"

A woo woo is tame in comparison.

Samu2 Mon 04-Mar-13 17:28:04

No, definitely woo woo.

It wasn't a toddler, the child was around 4 years old at a guess.

Do I get a pass at being unreasonable as I am in pain? grin

JamieandtheMagicTorch Mon 04-Mar-13 17:28:54

Hands are pannies in our house (courtesy of my dad)

Trousers are towfer (courtesy of DS1)

WilsonFrickett Mon 04-Mar-13 17:28:56

I do understand what you mean, honest. But having lived in an area where 4 yo's were routinely called 'stupid c**ts' I'll take a woo woo any day!

Samu2 Mon 04-Mar-13 17:30:58

4 year olds saying stupid cunts?

Yes, woo woo doesn't sound so bad in comparison!

I think it was a combination of her voice grating on me as well.. as the pain confused

Greythorne Mon 04-Mar-13 17:31:39

It's called motherese.

Samu2 Mon 04-Mar-13 17:32:00

I don't know how those two .. got in my above post.

KitCat26 Mon 04-Mar-13 17:32:02

Phew, it wasn't me. Only this morning I refered to a dog as a doggy (then felt a right tit).

A 'Woo woo' is a bit much though, did you laugh? grin.

digerd Mon 04-Mar-13 17:32:23

Babies love it. They don't understand language yet, but tone of voice they do react to. Just like dogs do.
Hope you are not taking your grumpiness out on your darling cutey Woo Woo.
My little cutey Woo Woo also loves my baby talk.

You have my sympathy with a gum infection. I had one last year all over Xmas and the newyear. I kept my grumpiness to myself and stayed home alone.

TarkaTheOtter Mon 04-Mar-13 17:36:19

KitCat I heard that saying "doggy" helps them realise there is a g at the end of dog. That's my excuse anyway.

WilsonFrickett Mon 04-Mar-13 17:36:53

Well, more parents using language like that to their children. Of course some of it gets repeated by said children, but at 4 it's mostly the parents.

Your situation would be translated as 'leave that fucking dog alone you stupid cunt.' Perspective is wonderful thing wink.

Have you got any nurofen for your sore gum?

Flobbadobs Mon 04-Mar-13 17:37:43

Could be worse, it could be typed on people's FB statuses. Now that is bloody irritating! Ikle man, pwincess and baa lamb all over my front page last weekend.
My real problem is with animal names though. It's all very well calling it a woof woof or a moo cow or whatever but when the baby stops being a baby it suddenly gets told that they are wrong and they have to call the animal by a different name. That and it sounds bloody stupid.

foxache Mon 04-Mar-13 17:38:05

I still say doggy and horsey, ds is 11yo blush He is no longer impressed.

Samu2 Mon 04-Mar-13 17:38:10

digerd I managed to keep my grumpiness to myself. I smiled and made v polite conversation grin It wasn't a baby though, the child was around 4 years old.

I wish I could have stayed in but my woo woo really needed to let off some steam.

crashdoll Mon 04-Mar-13 17:38:11

YANBU, I hate it when parents interact nicely with their children.

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