Alexandra, my second baby, is 8 weeks old. I've reached for the binder only a few times for her, and each time it was to brush up on Dunstan's baby language . The binder is my baby to English dictionary as I trudge through a foreign land during the dark, late hours.
The gist of Dunstan's baby language is that babies cry for only a few reasons. If one truly listens, the baby explains exactly what he or she needs.
Here's a run-down for you:
- Neh--I'm hungry.
- Owh--I'm sleepy. (I never heard this from either of my children.)
- Heh--I'm stressed out and uncomfortable. (Maybe child is hot, cold or needs diaper. In my experience, this one can be used in conjunction with others.)
- Eairh--I have lower gas. (Rubbing the tummy, patting the bum, or bicycling legs worked wonders on my babies.)
- Eh--I need to burp. (This one sounds a lot like the lower gas one, but they're a similar problem. In my experience, sometimes babies will mix both words. I just tried to remedy both situations and would eventually solve it.)
- If you have a newborn, try listening. You'll be glad you did.