- Babies may mix few words in the cries. However always look for the words that are commonly said.
- Do anticipate as early as possible when baby cries. Once baby start to scream, then it's difficult to understand baby cries.
Birth - 6 Weeks
Neh (I'm hungry) - An infant uses the sound reflex "Neh" to communicate its hunger. The sound is produced when the sucking reflex is triggered, and the tongue is pushed up on the roof of the mouth. A newborn has a strong sucking reflex, and when he/she combine this reflex with a cry and the result is "neh". When you hear this cry, nurse the baby.
Eh (I have gas) - An infant uses the sound reflex "Eh" to communicate that it needs to be burped. The sound is produced when a large bubble of trapped air is caught in the chest, and the reflex is trying to release this out of the mouth. When you hear this sound, help the baby to burp.
Owh (I'm sleepy) - An infant uses the sound reflex "Owh" to communicate that they are tired. The sound is produced much like an audible yawn. When you hear this cry, help the baby to go to sleep.
6 Weeks - 3 Months
Heh (I'm experiencing discomfort) - An infant uses the sound reflex "Heh" to communicate stress, discomfort, or perhaps that it needs a fresh diaper. The sound is produced by a response to a skin reflex, such as feeling sweat or itchiness in the bum. When you hear this cry, help the baby so that he/she is comfort.
Eairh (I have lower gas) - An infant uses the sound reflex "Eairh" to communicate they have flatulence or an upset stomach. The sound is produced when trapped air from a belch is unable to release and travels to the stomach where the muscles of the intestines tighten to force the air bubble out. Often, this sound will indicate that a bowel movement is in progress, and the infant will bend its knees, bringing the legs toward the torso. This leg movement assists in the ongoing process.
3 Months onwards till ability to speak
Note: This words are the additional words shared by Priscilla in her book call "Calm the Crying".
Gen (I have sore gum)
Augh (I'm overwhelm) - This is an indication that baby has been overly stimulated with tons of information.
Nuh (I'm thirsty)
Feel free to watch the below video to understand better:
neh - Fast forward to 4:02
owh - Fast forward to 5:09
heh - Fast forward to 5:45
eair - Fast forward to 6:45
eh - Fast forward to 7:45
On Oct 2012, Priscilla Dunstan release a book call "Calm the Crying". The books contains information on the technique to apply the listening skills and solutions. The book is currently available in any bookstores and cost RM 57.50.
To watch the video to learn more about the baby cries, feel free to visit http://www.dunstanbaby.com.
There are 3 ways to learn:
- Download DVD at cost USD 30
- Buy an iPhone/iPad Apps at cost USD 5.99. Search the keyword "Baby Ears by DBL"
- Learn online at cost USD 10 per day, or USD 15 for 15 days, or USD 25 for 3 months