If your little one is talking, or at the age they should be talking, do you still use baby speak?
Not so much in this group (I am new here lol), but I have had many friends over the years that have had kids, and newer friends with lil ones, and it always boggled my mind that they would use and continue to use baby speak even as their child goes into kindergarten.
Baby speak is fine, and even helpful during the first year or so of life. However, once a child reaches the age of speach (normally between 12mos and 15 mos) it is recommended that baby speak is cut out. Using proper words not only helps the child identify an object, person, place etc with the proper name, but it actually helps their speech along.
This does not mean that suddenly their vocabulary will increase in greater amounts, but it will help them speak clearly, and helps in their education.
Obviously this is a generalization as there are many things to take into account. Was your child born prematurely? Are there other issues going on in their lives or other diagnosis that play a part in their development? Those are just a few questions that will help a parent decide if baby speak is still needed or not. And obviously (again) no one knows another's child better than the child's parents. :)