Just because the baby is babbling incoherently doesn’t mean dad can’t have a full-on conversation with him
A happily babbling baby is truly one of the cutest things on this planet. Need proof? Check out this extremely viral video of a baby having a full-on “conversation” with his dad — except with no actual words involved on his end.
Mom Shanieke Pryor posted the video to Facebook, where it went massively viral and racked up more than 17 million views in just the first 24 hours it was live. In the video, Pryor’s son and his dad sit on the couch together, watching a TV show, and discussing it. The baby babbles something incoherent, and dad answers by saying something like, “That’s exactly what I was thinking!” or “Right, don’t bring that in, that’s what I’m saying!”
The tiny kid even punctuates his thoughts on the show by pointing at the TV and gesturing with his arms like a tiny, passionate adult. Lord, it’s too cute and pure for this world.
Pryor hashtagged the video with “#TheseTwoAreAMess,” “#OurHouseisAlwaysFullofLaughter, “#MrPersonality” and “#HeNeedsHisOwnShow,” which, true. We couldn’t agree more. Put this kid on TV for our constant enjoyment, please and thank you.
People online are loving this as much as we are, as evidenced by the more than 225,000 comments left on the video as of Thursday morning.
What makes this video even better is that it’s so sweet in so many different ways. It shows a precious moment between a dad and his son, and it’s clear from the way they’re already interacting that they’re going to have a close, special relationship forever.
But what Dad is doing here isn’t just adorable. It’s also really good for his son’s development. A Rutgers University study found that talking to babies, even when they can’t understand you, helps build a foundation for language skills and teaches kids the important properties of language they’ll need to know later, when they learn to talk for real. And if this dad keeps this up, the benefits could just keep coming. Another study, this time out of Pediatrics, the journal for the American Academy of Pediatrics, shows that toddlers who have back-and-forth conversations with adults test 14-27 percent higher on IQ tests later in life. The fact that this video is just the cutest thing ever is merely a bonus.
So keep up the chats with your kiddo, Dad. The rest of us will just go ahead and bookmark this video for any time we need a smile.