The Five “Words” That Babies Use

Did you know that every newborn communicates during at least their first 3 months using five distinct sounds that signal hunger, tiredness, need to burp, lower wind/gas and discomfort. This is regardless of the language their parents speak. It is not a learned language. Rather, it is a natural way that babies express their physical needs.

This is important information for all new parents to know – how to tune your ear to the five ‘words’ of your baby’s pre-cry, so you can immediately understand and address her needs, before the tears become uncontrollable.

The ‘words’ that form the basis of what is known as the Dunstan Baby Language, are sounds that are based on baby’s physical responses–her reflexes. For example, when a baby is hungry it will start to suck, and as sound is added to the reflex, the ‘word’ for hunger is produced. These are baby’s first communications, which occur before actual crying occurs. The sooner the ‘word’ for hunger is identified the sooner a parent can respond by feeding, resulting in less crying and less discomfort for baby – and for her parents.

We will be sharing tips on how to recognize and respond to this and the other four ‘words’ in our baby classes this month! If you are not already enrolled, please join us with your new baby in our Cuddle & Bounce program where you’ll learn how to use music to make great parenting easier and how to enhance your baby’s development through music. We’ll even cover her tuition for the first two months*. A new session begins the week of January 17.

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