When your baby is born he will not be much active for around a month but as time passes by and he gets used to this new world outside mommy’s uterus, he will interact more and use his body language to start to communicate with you.
He knows that when he cries, he will get to see his favorite person that is YOU. Similarly, there are various other things, which she will learn from time to time to let you know what she needs and what’s bothering her.
Most of these reflexes are very common in all the babies alike because this is how their body develops. But, sometimes your baby might have a different way to tell you what’s going on that does not match the herd. So make sure that you start tracking his subtle signals from the time he starts becoming active.
Let’s start with the most common sign language babies have:
Looking away while playing or while you are talking to her generally means,’It’s not fun anymore, so Can you please stop it?’ She is just bored with whatever was entertaining her till now.
It could also mean that he is more interested in the surroundings and wants to look around.
Leave the baby for a while. It’s good because the baby can self-entertain himself and it’s break time for mommy.
When this happens during feedings it means that the baby is either getting distracted or wants to take more breaks between feedings. He wants you to slow down and let him swallow the bite he has instead. He is trying to make sense of what he is eating. If he starts crying it means he either doesn’t like what he is having or is already full.
Kicking her legs:
Babies kick their legs and smile (sometimes not) when they are really excited or happy about something. Like some babies love bath time so they would kick their legs and look really happy. Similarly, if your baby has a favorite toy, she will again rapidly kick her legs to share her enthusiasm. Sometimes, babies also start breathing rapidly. Don’t forget to share back the excitement. You need to smile and become really excited too! This will encourage her and make her happier.
This move could also mean that the baby wants to play with you and wants to be held. So roll up your legs and put her on your lap, talk and sing to her. It’s a good idea for a little one on one time.
Outstretched arms are not the same as arm jerks(which are discussed below). Outstretched arms are characterized by when a baby gently stretches his arms and has an expression of satisfaction/ gratification on his face. It generally happens after feedings or when the baby has had a good nap/night sleep.
It’s a good time to take him out to run some errands or do some shopping. Baby is in a good mood and will not create an outburst. Make sure that you feed him though.
You can also try to do some tummy time, sit up time or story time. You will have his complete attention now and his mind is refreshed and ready to learn too.
Arms jerks are scientifically known as Moro’s reflex. It’s more common in infants than in older babies. It happens when the baby is startled by loud noises, bright light or fear of falling down. You might have noticed this when you are putting down baby in the crib/bassinet etc. It’s normal and slows down after the baby is 3-4 months. You can reduce this by swaddling him.
Sucking and rubbing his face against your shoulders:
This is the most obvious sign that the baby is hungry and needs to feed or eat something. When the baby is rubbing his face against your shoulders, put joint of your finger in his mouth and notice if he sucks. If he does, then it’s a surefire sign that he is hungry.
Rubbing her eyes:
Babies rub their eyes when they are tired and want to sleep. If you are weaning her, try to put her down to sleep without feeding. Read a book, play a lullaby, rock her or pat her back gently while walking. Dim the lights down and VOILA, she went down to sleep without much effort of your own.
Twirling his hands:
Twirling is one of the self-soothing behaviors and is nothing to be worried about. It might look a little strange but it’s not. When babies twirl, give them something to play with like a squishy toy or a piece of cloth.
Knees curled up tightly:
This is a surefire sign of abdominal discomfort either due to constipation or due to gas. It happens when you start introducing solid foods into your baby’s diet and the digestive system is not used to process it. Read: 10 *TEN* MINUTE HACKS TO SOOTHE A COLICKY/GASSY BABY
Clenched fist is very common in infants and generally recedes by the time they turn 2-3 months and starts to get hold of objects. If the baby is crying along with clenching, it could mean he is either hungry or is over stimulated. Take him to a silent place, try to feed him or hug him gently. This will make him feel safe and happy again.
Tugging his ears:
Tugging his ears means that the baby is in discomfort because of his surroundings. Try to shut down the TV, reduce the lighting or simply change the room settings. It could also mean a discomfort in baby’s body like gas, pain in stomach or ear congestion.
A baby also tugs his ears when they are teething. It helps to soothe them from pain. Use teethers/rattles, especially if you are breastfeeding because the soothing bites are painful.
Arching Back is a full on protest by the baby. It could be either because of something that’s happening around her like a lot of unknown people at once, doing something she hates etc. or some internal problems like digestive issues, pain due to rashes etc.
If the rebellion is set because of something you have to do like, say, putting her in the car seat or doing some tummy time, it’s better that you don’t give in because once it becomes successful, it will come again.
Finally, you have an idea of what that coos and cries really means. As babies grow older, these signs become more and more clear. Also, make sure that you respond and talk to your baby as much as possible, not only will it soothe him but will also help in early language development.
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