Every parent knows that the first year with a baby is both challenging and exciting. Your baby cries all the time, makes’neh’, grabs his ears, and you have no idea what all this means! Fortunately, some experts have decoded this unique baby language, and I’m here to share the clues you’ll need to understand what your little package is trying to say.
Let’s start with how your baby cries. During the first four months of life, crying is the main way babies express their needs. Here are seven types of screams to listen to and what they mean:
A call cry Have you ever heard your baby cry for 5 or 6 seconds and then take a break for the next 20 seconds?
1- A cry of call!
This means that your baby has been alone for some time and desperately needs your attention. If you don’t answer right away, you will hear this fascinating cycle of crying a few more times.
So take your baby and give him all the love he needs!
2- A cry of hunger
This type of scream is very similar to a call scream with a small grip – if you don’t get in right away, the crying quickly becomes hysterical.
Your baby may also start turning his head and snap his fingers with his mouth. It’s a clear sign that it’s time to feed.
3- A cry of pain
If you hear a cry of pain once, you will never confuse it with others. These cries are flat and constant. But small hysterical attacks mean that the pain is increasing and you should call the doctor as soon as possible.
This type of crying is also very noisy, unless your baby is not loud enough to make loud noises.
4- A physiological cry
Babies take care of all kinds of body functions like us, whether it’s having gas, urinating or pooping.
And they can cause them more discomfort than you think! Fortunately, babies let you know right away by crying and squeaking when they cry.
5- A cry of sleep
Sleep is another problem for babies – sometimes they just can’t do it! In this case, their crying looks like offended and soft crying, followed by intense yawning.
Sleeping babies also tend to rub their eyes and ears, so you can also pay attention to these warning signs.
6- A cry of discomfort
These cries seem very irritated and are often accompanied by agitation. Your baby can also wiggle his arms and legs and bend his back.
This usually means they have time to check their diapers or change their clothes. They can be too hot or too cold.
7- A cry of boredom
This is extremely common – your baby cries, you try to do everything you can, but you still can’t understand what’s wrong. Easy, your baby is simply frustrated or bored! Take them for a walk outside or in the house.
A simple change of environment can stop crying quickly. Okay, so now that you have the different crying scenarios, it’s time to talk about the other sounds your baby makes. Yeah, all these strange sounds have their own meaning! Australian pediatrician Priscilla Dunstan has been studying early childhood sounds for over 20 years.
During her research, she examined babies aged 3 to 4 months of different nationalities. According to Dunstan, your baby doesn’t actively start producing communication sounds until after 4 months of age. Before that, sounds are only a primary reflex that must be understood.
Here is a small “sound” anti dryer:
“Neh” means “Hey, I’m hungry here, feed me!” This noise comes from your baby pushing his tongue to the palate of his mouth, which triggers the sucking reflex.
“Hey” is “I think I’m gonna burp now!” With this, the excess air begins to come out of the baby’s esophagus, and your baby tries to release it from his mouth.
“Owh” means “I’m so sleepy and I’m so tired!” Your baby just folds his lips before yawning and that sound comes out! “Heh” is the baby word for “I don’t feel it, I’m uncomfortable.
” The main reason is probably an unpleasant feeling. The baby can express his feelings by constantly moving and shaking his hands and feet.
“Eairh” says, “My stomach hurts, I need help!” This strange noise can turn into a moaning sound when your baby stretches his stomach and exhales.
Do not ignore these symptoms – act immediately. And that’s all you need to know about baby noises! Do you want a baby whisperer? Wait, I have another important lesson for you: baby moves. Little babies have their own body language that can help you detect their needs and moods.
8- Arching the back
Parents know that babies under 2 months of age have a lot of back strain. In most cases, this is a typical reaction to pain or colic, but there are a few exceptions to this rule.
If your baby arches his back while eating, it is a sign of reflux; after eating, it means he is full. And if your baby is over 2 months of age but does it anyway, don’t worry – he’s just tired or in a bad mood.
9- Head rotation
It’s the way your baby calms down. You usually see it when they are about to fall asleep or hang out with people they don’t yet know.
The good news is that you can help your baby. Simply rub their backs gently and they will relax instantly.
10- Grab their ears
It may sound scary, but it’s only natural – your baby is just exploring his body!
However, if ear rubbing is followed by intense crying, you should definitely consult your doctor to find the source of the problem.
11- Clenching your fists
The fist or lack of fist shows how hungry your baby is. A perfectly relaxed hand means they are full, while a strong fist shows that they need baby food now.
Noticing this little detail in time can help you prevent crying hunger and save you a lot of time and stress!
12- Lift your legs up
During the first few months of your baby’s life, colic and abdominal pain are almost inevitable. Your baby tries to cope on his own by lifting his legs to reduce these unpleasant feelings.
But any additional help from you is welcome, the belly massages are great!