Your baby’s first year will be a flurry of changes and not just diapers. From the first smiles, gurgles, and coos to learning to say “mama” or “dada,” babies love to communicate with their own form of baby talk. And they hope you’ll “baby talk” right back. Do you remember your baby’s very first cry? From the moment of birth, babies begin to communicate.
At first, your newborn’s cries may seem like a foreign language. But before you know it, you’ll learn your baby’s “language” and be able to answer your little one’s needs.
A Facebook page named ‘Pregnancy Pages’ posted a video of how to understand the newborn languages. Australian mom Priscilla Dunstan, appeared on The Oprah Show a number of years ago, demonstrating her theory.
(a) She made the discovery in June 1998, after she had become a mom; she struggled to determine what her son needed and wanted, but then she started to listen to him.
Dunstan is said to have a photographic memory, which is like having an eidetic memory, but for sound.
She explains the message behind the different baby sounds, especially the reflexes which each sound is coupled with. She also includes clips of babies making the various sounds which she filmed while conducting her research.
Newborn baby language basics:
(a) The 5 sounds the newborn language consists of are:
“Neh” – “I’m hungry”
“Owh” – “I’m tired/ Sleepy”
“Heh” – “I’m not comfortable” (baby could be hot or cold, in need of a nappy change or generally positioned uncomfortably)
(a) “Eair” – Lower gas
“Eh” – Burp
Often a baby’s cries all sound the same, and Dunstan acknowledges it may be difficult to identify the differences between the sounds, but she says you need to listen and practice listening. This could only be applied for babies 0 to 3 months old.
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