Baby Body Language

As you know your baby can’t speak so looking at their body language and learning their cues is the best way to understand them.

Look at how they cry

  • Calling baby cry This is when a child has been kept alone for extended periods of time and wants the caretakers to pay attention to it again. They will cry intermittently for 6-7 seconds, pausing for 20 seconds in anticipation of action. If no one responds, they will continue the tirade until they are given attention.
  • Hungry baby cry. This can begin with the calling cry. But if attention has not been provided and the child has not been fed, it will go on and lead to a hysterical cry. The spawn may also rotate its head and make strange smacking sound using its mouth.
  • Pain cry. The crying pattern of the child will be droning, constant, and awful. The bursts of hysteria will increase from time to time indicating an increase in pain. It is also important to keep in mind that in case the child is falling sick, the crying will be droning but quiet. This is obvious because it takes strength to utter loud and awful sounds.
  • Physiological Process cry. The baby will whine and squeak when it defecates, urinates, and/or passes gas.
  • Sleepiness cry. When the spawn has the desire to nap, but cannot due to any reason, the cry will seem offended. It will be like smooth whining which is followed by yawns. The child will also wipe the ears and eyes.
  • Discomfort cry. This type of crying is intermittent and irritated. It is also in addition to fidgeting. The spawn will also arch and flail. It is an indication to pay attention to their diaper or too many or too little clothing.

How they sound

An Australian pediatrician called Patricia Dunstan has been researching and studying infant sounds for 20 years. Several thousand babies have been a part of her research. Dunstan is of the belief that chief reflex noises are universal. It is upon turning 4 months old that babies learn to exhibit sounds that relate to other physical needs.

The generic sounds which are exhibited are:

  • ‘Neh’ – Meaning the offspring is hungry: This utterance is when the child sucks in the air after pushing the tongue to the palette of the mouth.
  • ‘Eh’ – Meaning the offspring will burp: This utterance is when surplus air leaves the body and the child lets it out of their mouth.
  • ‘Owh’ – Meaning the offspring is tired: This utterance is produced by the folding of lips prior to the yawns.
  • ‘Heh’ – Meaning the offspring is uncomfortable: Sensations which are not pleasant to babies will make them move and also jerk their feet and hands. These movements end up producing the ‘Heh’ sound, more so when the mouth is somewhat open.
  • ‘Eairh’ – Meaning the offspring has pain and gas in their stomach: These utterances are likely to get distorted, presenting themselves as a moan as the child strains their abdomen and breathes to ease the discomfort.

How They Move

Looking at their movement also goes a long way towards how your precious child is feeling. It is always important to stay glued to the baby giving it all the attention you can possibly provide.

  • Back Arching: Offspring that are younger than 2 months usually do this in response to colic and pain. If a child arches their back having just eaten, it is a sign that they cannot eat further. In case the spawn is 2 months and older, this indicates bad mood and fatigue.
  • Head Rotation: This movement is calming for infants. The spawn usually does this prior to slumber or in the presence of strangers.
  • Ear Grabbing: This is usually just the baby checking out its own body. Doctors must be consulted if this activity leads to crying and is repetitive.
  • Fist Clenching: The spawn is indicating that it is hungry and you must feed it. It is possible to kill hysterical crying if the child is stuffed with food in time.
  • Leg Lifting: This happens to be an indication of colic and stomach pain. The spawn is just attempting to ease the discomfort.
  • Arm Jerking: This movement is indicative of the fact that the offspring got scared. Strange and loud noises, bright lights, and even sudden awakening may induce this reflex. The child must be comforted in this situation.

Talk to your child as much as possible all the time. You must explain and show the world around them, even if they do not understand anything. It is going to help them begin interacting with adults with the help of specific gestures and sounds. Not to forget that they might develop in a better manner if you do this regularly.

We are sure these points will help you to take care of your little one and you can understand these tiny humans better. 

Signs that you are doing ok:

  1. Baby calms to your touch and the sound of your voice which shows the strength of the bond that you are developing with each other.
  2. You’re changing lots of wet nappies and the baby is gaining weight.  In order for these two things to happen the baby must be receiving enough goodness in the form of breastmilk or formula milk.
  3. Baby is quiet and attentive a few times a day.  This usually happens after about a month when they have started to take control of their eye muscles.  In this quiet time they are acting like a little sponge and absorbing everything.
  4. Baby turns towards new sounds. Again this takes a few weeks but once it starts it means that their ears are developing and they are realising just how much is going on around them.
  5. They start to look at patterns and bright colours.  When they are born they can only really see about 8 inches or the distance from you holding them in your arms to feed to your face.  As this improves so does their awareness of the world around them.
  6. They make eye contact and smile.  This normally happens at around six weeks old and is showing everyone that your child is becoming happy and social.
  7. They cry less and sleep more.  As they grow and get used to their new world then they gradually fall into a routine.  
  8. Baby can support their own weight.  As their strength grows then they will become better at holding their head up.  A good way to stimulate them is to lay them on their tummies on the floor as this will encourage them to raise their head to look around. 

Here is a great little clip that helps you understand signs that the baby is giving you