Dunstan: Ways to Know What Your Newborn is Saying

This is shared from Austin Mom’s Blog:

I bought the Dunstan baby language DVD for baby gifts after seeing her on Oprah. She was a hearing impaired, hearing aide wonder! Got something here. Touching and helpful!

Secrets from Dunstan Baby Language

The EASIEST way to hear these 5 crucial sounds is in the pre-cry stage-those first sounds a baby makes when they begin to fuss before crying escalates.

  1. ‘Neh’ means “I am hungry” This baby cry sound is created as part of the sucking reflex. Neh has the distinctive ‘n’ sound at the beginning, while the baby’s tongue touches the roof of their mouth when making this sound. Other cues associated with Neh are the baby’s head turning side to side, licking of lips and sucking on fists. For example, I would here “Neh” and this gave me the signal to breastfeed on demand.
  2.  ‘Owh’ means “I am tired.” This is essentially the yawn reflex with sound added. This pre-cry sound has a round oval-shaped mouth associated to it. The Owh sound often comes just before other signs of the infant being tired. For example, both my babies would arch their back, do jerky movements and rub their eyes. I found it easier by listening for the “Owh” sound and putting them to sleep to avoid an over-tired or over-stimulated baby.
  3. ‘Eh’ means “I need to burp.” This pre-cry sound is produced when the chest tightens in an attempt to release trapped air bubbles. For example, you will hear a distinctive short and repetitive “Eh, Eh Eh, Eh”… sound.
  4. ‘Eairh’ means “I have gas pain.” This pre-cry is the sound associated with lower abdomen gas discomfort and pain. What distinguishes “Eairh” is that it sounds much more urgent and distressed. For example, my son’s face scrunched up, and pulled his legs toward his stomach.
  5. ‘Heh‘ means “I am uncomfortable.” This sound is linked with a reflex to sensations on the skin, such as physical discomfort (being too warm/cold or having a dirty diaper). There is a distinctive breathy-sounding ‘H’ sound at the beginning of “Heh” and sometimes it sounds a bit like panting. For example, my son would make the “Heh” sound and often be sweaty or clammy. Another example is if either baby soiled their diaper, I found that they would squirm more than usual and may not want to feed.
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