Can you baby communicate with you? It’s probably something most of you will have a resounding YES for! After all a humans evolutionary function is to communicate. However what if you found out that your baby IS communicating with you and what’s more, its something we could all distinguish easily? That’s exactly what one lady has discovered.
Priscilla Dunstan has a photographic memory and when her son was born, began to hear repetitive sounds he made before crying, she set about discovering what each sound was and remarkably uncovered that the all babies could communicate from birth their needs.
14 years research on thousands of babies across all races and genders found that these sounds were a very primitive language and had 5 basic sounds that meant different needs.
5 sounds covering 5 basic needs.
Most of us when tending to our children go through a few basic needs to try to decipher what they want. Do they want food, a nappy change, a sleep or are the tired or bored? It turns out that perhaps our instincts to go through this list, is not our need to understand but that we are being communicated with, by our children, but we just do not yet understand exactly what they are saying yet.
The 5 sounds Pricilla heard corresponded with the basic needs we almost all go through when tending to our children: “Neh, Eh, Heh, Owh, Eairh”
These are the sounds a mum will hear. Each sound has a separate meaning, the sounds can be difficult to recognise at first but with practise can be used readily to understand what baby is saying. Each sounds stems from a primitive reflex, we know many reflexes such as the palmer grasp or moror reflex, and its these reflexes, when sound is added makes a specific noise that can be recognised as a need.
Hunger – Based on a sucking reflex, when baby starts to suck and sound is added you get “N eh”.
Tired – Based on a yawn reflex where the mouth goes into an oval shape add sound and you get “Owh”.
Discomfort – “Heh” – This could mean pain, hot/cold, nappy change clothes to tight etc.
Lower Wind – Imagine your tummy is tight, when air is forced through your throat adding sound “EairH” is made.
Burping – This happens when your child tightens its chest muscles and sound is added making “E h”.
These sounds will be far more easy to understand if they are heard before baby goes into a full cry, (as with an adult if they talk to you, its inherently easier to understand than if they were screaming the same word at you). So listen to those garbles or quiet fusses and act on them. It;s also important to remember that after 3 months some of these sounds may no longer be heard, especially the “Neh” sounds as this is when a baby often looses that sucking reflex.