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Baby Language

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Someone in another forum has made me aware of this. Priscilla Dunstan has figured out the universal "baby" language. She has identified 5 sounds that all babies make from 0 - 12 weeks (longer if they are responded to).

 

I thought this was very interesting, especially since I'm going to be a new mom! I have heard a lot that babies have different cries and that you eventually figure it out...how nice would it be if it was universal. I think it makes a lot of sense since all babies have the same reflexes and if you are sucking and make a noise it would sound the same.

 

I figure it certainly can't hurt and anything to help understand what a new baby needs. I've certainly heard babies make these sounds before..

 

Neh - I'm hungry
Eh - Burp me please
Heh - I'm uncomfortable (something's too tight, my diaper's wet, I'm hot)
Owh - I'm so tired, help me sleep
Eairh - Lower gas pains

 

Here's her on Oprah: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWQ51099C24

 

Also the first two lessons

Lesson 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJ8CB5H7xeQ

Lesson 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcaxCSG3n5w

post #2 of 4
I read the book around the time my second was born and it's certainly true (and fascinating!). However, I found the practicality to be limited and didn't feel like I understood him very much better than my first. Also, around 3-4 months, these initial cues go away and you're starting from scratch again. But certainly paying close attention to baby's cues is never a bad thing!
post #3 of 4

Neh - I'm hungry
Eh - Burp me please
Heh - I'm uncomfortable (something's too tight, my diaper's wet, I'm hot)
Owh - I'm so tired, help me sleep
Eairh - Lower gas pains

 

I got the dvd for my second as well, and I kinda wish I would have had it for my first. I think it helped a lot. At first I thought it was bullshit because the only cry I heard was the hungry cry even though I was feeding her all the time, but then when we figured out she wasn't getting enough milk because of her tongue-tie, I realized she was telling me what was wrong all along. Once we were able to work through that issue, the only cry I heard was the Eh cry. I tried and tried to burp her, but she wouldn't really burp. In retrospect it was her "I'm going to spit-up cry". She spit up insane amounts (I'm guessing it's because I was drinking milk and she's allergic). I think I heard the eairh cry maybe once, and the tired cry a few times, but I never recognized the heh cry. I think if you have a baby that cries a lot, then it can help you solve problems. I was comforted not to be hearing the eairh cry, an I knew I didn't have to worry about trying to relieve gas pains and all that. 

post #4 of 4
I found it very useful with my last two babies.
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