You’ve been waiting patiently all through your for the day you can hold your little angel in your arms! And now that it’s here, you’re beyond elated. One key aspect of nurturing new-born babies is understanding the language only they speak. During the time that babies can't talk, they communicate via gestures. Some gestures come off as cute while others will have you running to your paediatrician. Knowing the meaning behind each of these gestures will help you navigate and provide for your baby's needs better and faster! In this post, we help you decode some of the popular baby gestures.
This is normally a clear sign that your baby is hungry and wants to be fed. Feed your baby right away to avoid the next inevitable sign of hunger i.e. incessant crying.
This usually happens when your baby is frustrated and is seeking attention. When babies are lying down on their backs, they tend to lift their tummy upwards. This is to indicate that they want to be carried by you. In certain cases where your baby continues this behaviour even after you’ve comforted them and given them attention, it could be due to discomfort caused by gas. If you notice this behaviour regularly after feeding, try getting the baby to burp before laying them flat on their back, as this will get rid of the gas.
Babies want to show what they can do after they have learnt to communicate non-verbally. Clapping is usually accompanied by excitement and smiling. What you can do is mirror their gestures and try teaching them more such happy gestures.
Your baby normally moves its head from side to side when it is fascinated with a particular object or sound and is trying to process it. A head nod on the other hand is when they are trying to communicate or tying to draw a reaction from you, much like clapping.
Right around the 2-month mark, your baby begins to focus their vision and can now distinguish and recognise your face. Locking eyes is their way of establishing contact with you. What you can do, is lock eyes with your baby, sing and talk to the baby to get it accustomed to your voice. This will also build a foundation for your baby to learn how to communicate.
On the other hand, if your baby is looking away, it may be a sign of being over-stimulated or loss of interest. In this case, try moving on to another activity or give the baby a break.
This, dear parent, is a sure shot sign that your little one is ready for a nap. How can you know for sure? This gesture will most often be accompanied by whining and fussing. Put your baby down for a nap before the eye rubbing moves into a full-blown tantrum, because getting baby to calm down then is a very tough task!
This indicates that your baby is definitely in the mood to play. Make the most of your baby’s playful mood to bond with your little one and enhance its motor skills.
Keep in mind that your baby’s gestures can signify different things as they grow and develop. Also, every baby is different, and they develop their own unique way of communicating, verbally or non-verbally. Paying close attention to how your baby responds to your reactions over time, will give you a clearer and much more fine-tuned idea on what your baby is trying to say!
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