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Babies don't usually talk until well into toddlerhood; the average child can start to string together sentences between 18 months and 2 years old.
There is nothing as sweet as the baby phase. Soon those gentle little coos will turn into adorable words, but for now, you're stuck guessing what your baby needs.
While they won't be able to ask for milk or a diaper change just yet, if you pay close attention, you'll notice that there are trends in the way your baby communicates their needs.
Besides facial emotion and body language, there are also distinctive types of baby cries that can alert you to whatever the problem is. Remember that each baby is unique, so it'll be up to you to recognize the cues.
This baby communication essential guide will help you understand just what it is that your baby is trying to tell you.
The Building Blocks of Baby Communication
Touch, sounds, and meaningful glances; the beginning of your baby's life is full of communication.
From the moment they enter the world, your baby is paying attention to everything around them. Through their senses, they are able to absorb new information all the time. This constant stream of knowledge and awareness will help them gain the ability to communicate.
Make sure to talk to your baby, imitate sounds, and aid them in this communication journey.
Babies are born with the ability to cry. But what does their cry mean? Do they have a dirty diaper, are they hungry, or are they tired?
As your baby grows, they'll acquire new skills to communicate with you, but in the meantime, the cry may be the only way they can get their point across to you.
An upset cry may sound choppy and high-pitched, while a hungry cry might be a bit lower and short.
Pay attention to their cries and what actions soothe them. Over time, you may recognize patterns in your baby's crying.
A reach up to your breast can mean that your baby is hungry. A nuzzle can signify that they are tired.
Use the sounds that accompany the gestures to best decipher what your little one is trying to say.
When Should I Get Help?
If you hear a painful sounding cry or an unusual cry, make sure to get medical attention right away. It could be nothing serious, but crying is the major way your little one is going to communicate with you.
Another thing to pay attention to is new sounds accompanied by odd behavior. If your baby is eating less, has fewer bowel movements, or is seeming less active than usual, call your doctor for advice. They could be sick or have a food allergy.
Wunder What Your Baby's Saying?
At Wunder, we are here for every step of your little one's adventure. From baby communication milestones to the best ways to feed your toddler, we cover the A to Z's of parenthood.
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