We all love cute little babies. But as a mother, you’d often like to understand them a little better. What do they want to say and what’s bothering them? If they could just talk. The fact that you don’t understand what your baby wants or needs, is one of the most frustrating things for parents. Before your little one is big enough to form clear words, he or she is communicating with body language that can be quite difficult for parents to understand.
Difficult, yes. But certainly not impossible. There are lots of signs and gestures you can recognize and use to better understand your child. The baby language developed by Australian Priscilla Dunstan, helps you understand what your baby is trying to tell you before it learns to talk. Dunstan’s baby language is still viewed with skepticism among scientists, but it is growing rapidly in popularity and thousands of mothers swear by it.
What do these specific cries mean according to Dunstan:
If your baby cries several times, is quiet for about 20 seconds and then cries again, he or she wants attention. It probably wants to be picked up and if it doesn’t, the crying will continue.
When your baby’s hungry, the crying doesn’t stop. This crying often becomes hysterical, with the baby twisting his or her head and smacking his or her lips.
Crying out of discomfort
If your baby has just pooped their diaper, is too hot or too cold, or feels uncomfortable about something else, their body will bend and turn non-stop and they will cry out in discomfort.
Babies in pain can cry very loudly. This type of crying is striking because of its duration and volume. You should not confuse this with other types of crying.
Newborns who need sleep, cry a bit more than usual. If you see your baby starts rubbing his or her skin and crying, it’s time for a nap.
If your baby doesn’t feel comfortable where he or she is, or is bored, he or she will start crying to attract your attention. That crying will continue until they calm down and feel at home again.
There is also body language to help you:
Up to two month old babies bend their backs because they feel uncomfortable due to, for example, abdominal cramps. If your baby is older than two months, it is mainly a sign of drowsiness.
When babies clench their fists, it usually means they’re hungry. If you notice this early enough, you can save yourself the cry of hunger.
Rub the ears
If your little one starts rubbing his or her ears, or tries to grab hold of them, you don’t have to worry. It probably discovered how the body works, but if it’s persistent, it may be good to consult a doctor.
Babies turn their heads before they fall asleep. They use it as a technique to soothe and rock themselves to sleep more easily, as it were.
Legs in the air
Cramps and abdominal pain are the most common reasons why your baby puts their legs in the air. This posture relieves the pain, at least for a moment. If it happens frequently, it is wise to consult a doctor.
Pulling with the arm
Babies who are startled by loud noises will pull with their arms and suddenly wake up when they are asleep.