What is Your Baby Trying To Say?
Whether you are an experienced or first-time parent, distinguishing between baby’s different expressions and sounds can take some practice. Here are six important cues your baby may use to communicate her needs.
Crying is one of the most frequent methods baby will use to call for you, whether to let you know she is hungry, wet, or simply want some attention. Depending on what she is feeling at the time, the pitch and duration of her cry changes accordingly. So, listen closely and you will soon know what she wants, and what you can do to make her feel better.
Rubbing her eyes or face
Your baby will tend to rub her eyes or facial area when she wants some sleep. This cue can be accompanied by yawning, frowning, or your baby can become increasingly quiet and still. Some babies may also put up a little fuss when they’re tired. The best thing to do when you notice this is to put her to bed before she becomes grumpy!
This is definitely one of the most anticipated moments for every parent. It’s no wonder, as smiling is a baby’s way of showing that she is comfortable and contented. You can encourage her further by laughing, smiling and giving her lots of praise in return.
By the time she is a few months old, your baby will start babbling and cooing. She will also begin to imitate your pitch and intonation, and will use these auditory differences to let you know if she’s happy, excited, displeased or even angry! This is an enjoyable stage, so continue talking to her and let her babble back at you to help your baby develop her speaking and listening skills further.
Arching her back
Arching of the back can be a sign that your baby has an uncomfortable or upset tummy. It can also be accompanied by other signs of discomfort such as crying, grimacing, squirming or even clenching her hands and feet. Should this happen, try to hold your baby in an upright position, or place her on her tummy to make her feel more comfortable. On the other hand, if your baby is about four to five months old, this can also be an indication that she is trying to roll over for the first time – a sign that she is growing well!
Looking the other way
If your baby starts averting her gaze during playtime, this may be that she is feeling overwhelmed and needs a break. So, avoid stimulating her further and let her rest. She will let you know when she feels refreshed and ready for more quality time!
Remember, each baby is unique and has her own way of communicating her feelings and needs to you. It may take some time to understand all baby’s cues, but it will soon come to you naturally. Meanwhile, be patient, attentive and delight in every moment that you spend getting to know her!