It takes a long time for a baby to learn how to talk, but that doesn’t mean she can’t communicate. Babies have their own non-verbal language and it’s up to you to learn their language first. Luckily, the “baby speak” is pretty universal, so many moms before you have cracked the code making it possible for me to share those “baby speak” secrets with you.
How Baby Says, “I’m Getting Hungry!”
When your cutie starts to feel hungry she’ll give you some subtle signs to let you know. She might start by making a sucking sound or sucking on her fingers or hand. She may even bite her hand as she gets hungrier. If you don’t get the hint she’ll start to whimper, just like we do when we get too hungry. If you get her a bottle fast you’ll avoid the crying and screaming phase. Once you establish a good feeding schedule you’ll probably get the bottle ready before any of those cues begin.
How Baby Says, “Let’s Play!”
When your little one is craving your undivided attention she’ll perk up and show you her adorable wide eyes and her puckered lips. She may make cute baby noises like coos and babbles. Her movements will be smooth and controlled and she’ll try to grab for your finger or shirt. This is when you should break out some fun baby toys or play peek-a-boo to really bond with your baby.
How Baby Says, “I Need a Break!”
Just like adults who want a break, baby will start to disengage and look distracted. She’ll stop looking at you and start to squirm, kick her feet and maybe even push you away. Then the yawns or hiccups could start and if you still haven’t left her alone she may begin to whine or even cry. When your baby acts uninterested, give her some space, so she doesn’t get over-stimulated and upset.
How Baby Says, “I Want to Go to Sleep Now!”
Babies need tons of sleep throughout the day and night, so it’s important for parents to know the “I’m sleepy” cues. When a baby gets tired she may lie still and yawn or frown. Babies also tend to clench their firsts and rub their eyes or ears when they’re getting sleepy. This is the time to swaddle your little one in a baby blanket and put her in the crib and turn the musical mobile on. If your baby gets over tired she may start to whimper or cry and then you’ll need to calm her down before putting her to bed.
The most important thing for new moms to do is to observe your baby very carefully for the first week. Jot down some of your baby’s non-verbal cues you witness throughout the day and see if you can relate them to something she wants. If you notice that your baby gets hungry at 8:00am, 11:00am, 2:00pm, 5:00pm etc… then consider putting her on an eating schedule at those times. If your cutie rubs her eyes at 10:00am and 3:00pm, make those times her nap times. You can even set a specific time each day for mommy/baby playtime. A schedule can be a baby and mom’s best friend to make every day easier and more fun!