Babies are cute and we all love them. However, every mother dreams of understanding what they’re trying to say. It’s one of the frustrating things for parents – not being able to understand what their baby wants or needs. Until it grows and starts speaking, babies use body language to communicate which, understandably, is quite difficult.
However, it’s not impossible. There are many signs you can learn to recognize to understand your baby before it’s able to speak. Instead of assuming what those cries mean, you should learn what the signs indicate and you’ll have an easier time.
Dunstan Body Language
Priscilla Dunstan is an Australian woman who invented the so-called Dunstan Baby Language. It’s a “language” that allows you to understand what your baby is trying to tell you before it learns how to speak. Although scientists are still skeptical about the method, it quickly gained a lot of popularity, with thousands of parents swearing by it.
What Do Their Cries Mean?
When your baby cries several times, then stops for 20 seconds and cries again, it needs attention. This most likely means they want you to pick them up – if there’s no one to do it, the cries will continue.
If your baby is hungry, it will never stop crying. This cry often turns hysterical with the baby turning their head and making smacking sounds with its lips.
If your baby has pooped its pants, is too hot or cold or feels uncomfortable for whatever reason, it will arch its body and squirm non-stop.
Babies in pain cry pretty loud. This type of cry is pretty distinct due to the duration and loudness and shouldn’t be confused with the others.
Babies that want to go to sleep get a bit whinier than the usual. This is your cue – if your baby rubs its ears and gets whiney, it’s time to put them to bed.
When your baby is just bored or not exactly comfortable with the place they are, they will cry to get your attention. The cries will continue until you take them at home where they feel safe.
Babies under 2 months of age arch their back due to colic or some kind of discomfort. If your baby is over 2 months old and its back is arched, it might be due to sleepiness.
When babies clench their fists, it usually means they’re hungry. Notice this on time and you’ll save yourself from their loud hunger cry.
If your baby grabs its tiny ear often’ it’s nothing to be worried about. It’s simply learning more about its anatomy. Of course, if this happens all the time, you need to talk to your doctor.
Babies rotate their head when they’re about to fall asleep. They use it as a calming technique which lulls them to sleep easier.
Colic and stomachache are the most common factors that make your baby lift its legs. This move calms down their pain at least for a bit. Visit a doctor if this becomes a routine.
Babies startled by loud noises or bright lights will jerk their arms and awake suddenly if they sleep.
What Do Other Sounds Mean?
This sound is usually caused by the need to burp. It’s an involuntary sound that occurs when excess air leaves the baby’s esophagus.
This means that your baby is probably in some kind of discomfort. It is usually accompanied by jerking hands and feet.
When your baby goes “Owwhhh” and folds its lips, it indicates that it’s tired and sleepy.
Babies make this unusual sound when they uncomfortable due to stomachache, bloating, and gasses.
Babies use this sound to indicate they’re hungry. They make it by pushing their tongues to the roof of their mouth.