Dunstan Baby Language ~ Baby Cry Meanings


Baby Cry Meanings

Baby cry meanings (or more correctly, baby babble, or pre-cry meanings) is what the Dunstan Baby Language is all about. But the truth is, some cries don’t ‘mean’ anything. That’s why it’s so important to train your ears and tune in to your baby. I advocate selective listening. It’s about keeping an ear out for just a few key sounds. The five words of the Dunstan Baby Language.

The Dunstan Baby Language will help you understand your baby cry meanings, but not all of them.

Sometimes your baby just wants to play with their voice

It’s a novelty. It’s something new. That’s what ‘ba ba’ and ‘goo gaa’ are all about. And it’s easy to tell that these are innocent sounds. No action required by mom except to treasure these moments.

The confusion happens when babies ‘goo’ and ‘gaa’ loudly. It can sound like distress. But wait a bit before jumping in momma. Many babies like to experiment with the volume of their voices as well. It varies from baby to baby. Some are naturally quieter and some are louder. As always, go to your baby with a smile and a positive vibe and you’ll soon be able to tell if she’s just playing or not.

If she does seem that she’s a little upset, and she’s not saying any of the Dunstan Baby Language words – consider that perhaps she’s just lonely and wants a cuddle. Or perhaps she’s bored and wants something to play with or look at.

Baby cry meanings can be muddled

If you have taken the Dunstan Baby Language course, or have read one of my books, you’ve made a great start. 

At times though, your baby might be experiencing more than one thing at the same time. Perhaps they are hungry and they’re uncomfortable at the same time. Or they’re tired and overstimulated by the light in the room or a noise outside.

We go into these ‘combination sounds’ in much greater detail in our stage two eBook

It will guide you through these tricky muddled sounds, as well as provide some great tips to help  with the large transitions that begin at about the four month stage: from bassinet to crib, introducing solid foods, from bedroom to nursery and so on. 

Don’t spend your whole parenting life on edge

The last thing I want you to do is to always stress out, craning your neck to hear every sound your baby makes.

When you’ve tuned your ear in – you’ll learn to let most of the sounds your baby makes just wash over you. And only react to the important sounds.

Think of it like an ice-cream truck coming down your street. You’re not always listening out for an ice-cream truck. But when you do hear it, you know what is going on. It’s the same for the Dunstan Baby Language. Once you’ve tuned your ear in, most noises your baby makes will just wash over you.

But then in amongst all those sounds you might hear the sound ‘Neh’. Ooh. Baby needs a feed. That’s nice. Let’s do that now before he gets frustrated.

Crisis easily sidestepped. Happy parenting life continues!


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