One of the most frustrating things for new parents is the fact that they can’t verbally communicate with their newborn until it starts talking. This lack of communication can be quite stressful at the beginning because you don’t know what your baby needs, why is he crying and what you need to do to make it easier for him. Interpreting the baby’s messages can be quite difficult, but it is not impossible. You just need to learn the signs every baby gives and we’re here to help you interpret them.
If the baby lifts its legs it may be because of colic or tummy aches as it’s believed this position helps them ease the pain.
If they’re jerking their arm it means they’re scared of bright lights, loud noises and sudden awakening.
If the baby is grabbing his ear it just means he’s exploring his face.
If the baby clinches his fist it means he’s hungry.
If they’re arching their back it’s a sign they’re full or that they experience colic pain.
Rotating the head is usually a calming movement or a way to put themselves to sleep.
Neh – When the baby makes this sign it means that they’re hungry and it’s usually triggered by the suckling reflex.
Eh – Babies usually make this sound before burping, when the extra air exits their esophagus.
Owh – This cute sound comes out when the baby tries to yawn and it usually means they’re sleepy.
Heh – This is the sound babies make when they’re feeling uncomfortable or have some unpleasant sensation.
Eairh – Babies usually make this sound when they try to exhale and ease the irritation they have from bloating and gases.
If you have a little baby of your own you’ve probably noticed that his cry is not always the same. Here are a few of the most common types of cries most babies have.
Sleepy cry – When they feel sleepy and cannot fall asleep babies will cry inconsolably and rub their eyes.
Environmental Cry – this is the cry we all hear when the baby is bored or in discomfort and it can be quite difficult to interpret.
Discomfort Cry – If the baby needs a diaper change, if he’s hot or cold he will cry like this.
Pain cry – This is the most difficult type of cry for all parents as they can see their child is in pain. This type of cry usually intensifies as the pain grows.
Physiological Cry – This type of cry usually occurs when the baby has some discomfort as a result of gas, bloating, urination or defecation.
Hunger cry: This type of cry is usually accompanied with smacking sounds and head rotations so if you notice it, it means that it’s time to fee the baby.
Calling cry – Lastly, the calling cry is actually a cry for attention. If it’s intermittent and on again off again, it means that your baby wants you to pick him up.