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Understand Your Baby Even Before They Speak – Eighteen Signs That Will Indicate What To Do

There are at least eighteen signs that help you understand your baby before it speaks. 

Parents, especially young parents with their first baby, are always trying to understand the baby and they are frustrated when they cannot do that. Sometimes communication parent-baby can be difficult. 

Still, there are some ways to find out that your baby needs or wants. You baby will give a lot of signs that can help you understand what the baby is trying to say. 

A lot of parents assume what the cries, gestures, sounds of the baby mean and they can make a mistake. There are some methods that will help you to translate the baby’s gestures, sounds and cries. 

Dustan Pricillia appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show to show the theory of baby language. This theory is not scientifically proven. Some scientists are skeptical. However, some parents follow the methods and most of the time the methods are correct. 

Here are some of the methods: 

  1. There are different types of baby cries:
    • Sleepy cries – when the baby is tired. It sounds whiny and, of course, the baby will rub the ears and the eyes. 
    • Hunger cries – If the baby is doing a rotation with the head and it makes smacking sound with the mouth, it means that it is hungry.
    • Pain cries- this cry is really loud and it is constant. If the baby has a lot of pains, it will cry more hysterically. If the baby is exhausted, it will cry but more quietly. 
    • Discomfort cries- When the baby is too cold or too hot or it needs a new diaper, the cry will be irritated and intermitted. It may squirm a lot or it can flail or arch the body.
    • Calling cries- if your baby is crying around five to six times and then it stops and then it cries again after twenty seconds, the baby wants someone to pick it up. If you don’t pick it up, it will continue to cry. 
    • Psychological cries- these cries are squeaky and whiny and the baby has some discomfort because it has some problems such as bloating, defecation, urination or gas
    • Environmental cries – These cries can be caused by a few things. If the baby is just unhappy or bored with the environment, they will continue to cry. 
  2. The movements
  • Arching the back- this happens when the baby has pain or colic and it is really present for babies under two months old. If they do this movement after their meal, it means that the baby is full. If the baby has this movement while eating, it might be a cause of reflux. If your baby is more than two months old and it does this kind of movement, it means that it is tired. 
  • Clenching the fist- the baby clench the fist when it is hungry
  • Grabbing the ear- babies are exploring the features of its body. But if they constantly touch the ears, you should consult the pediatrician.
  • Jerking the arm- this happens when your baby is startled by loud noises, a sudden awaking or bright lights. The baby is frightened. 
  • Rotation of the head- this is a calming movement for the majority of the babies. The baby will rotate the head if it tries to calm itself or if it is trying to fall asleep.
  • Lifting the leg – the movement means that the baby has a pain in the tummy or colic pain. The baby is trying to ease its pain with this motion.
  1. The common baby sounds
  • Eh – the sound is released by your baby just before the baby burps as excess air is starting to go up from the esophagus. 
  • Neh- The baby can use this kind of sound if it pushes the tongue up to the top of the mouth, and that would mean that it wants to eat. The sucking reflexes are initiating this kind of sounds. 
  • Owh- The baby uses these sounds to say that it wants to sleep and it is tired if it folds the lips before they yawn and it does this sound in the same time.
  • Eairh- if the baby has pains from gases or bloating, it makes this sound. The baby is actually trying to exhale in order to ease the irritation.
  • Heh- The baby shows discomfort. It can also move the feet and arms while doing the sound if it feels uncomfortable.

All this cries, movements and sounds sometimes are not easy for you to recognize. All in all, these methods can help you once you figure out what they do look like. Use these methods to find out what your baby is trying to say even before they start to speak.


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