Important Baby Cues

Babies have always been fascinated and charming, but few of the parents know something of the signals the babies send to them. Here are some important baby signals that you can read, that will help you understand him.

  • When babies imitate their parents’ facial expressions certain emotions are triggered in them. And this helps them to structure their code base for the understanding of emotional communication and may explain why parents tend to exaggerate facial expressions – for example, expressing sadness or happiness: because they are more easily imitated by the little ones. Also, the way parents talk to babies instinctively – slower, musical, exaggerated – is essential for the child’s development and especially for his ability to communicate verbally.
  • When babies utter nonsense syllables, they signal to adults that they are ready to learn something, so parents should be alert in these periods. Instinctively, parents respond to 50-60% of infants vocalizations. Language development can be accelerated when they respond to 80% but, beyond this limit, the assimilation goes into a decline because babies start to get bored.
  • When the baby is fascinated by something, he gazes on an object and pulls up and down his eyebrows. Eventually, he points to the object he sees and tries to move toward it. You should encourage him to discover objects and describe it to him as detailed as possible.
  • When something upsets the baby he arches down his mouth, both eyebrows rise up and the chin begins to tremble.  In this case parents must intervene, to calm him and to distract him from what bothered him.
  • When he’s bored the baby will require attention by crying, screaming or throwing a toy. It can also smile or laugh when he sees that you react. In fact, the baby requires your attention and involvement. You should not become the only source of fun for your little one. Over time, offer him alternatives to play.
  • When the baby is angry, he cries if have strep throat and turns red, keeping his eyes closed. If he gets angry is because he’s hungry or sleepy. You can try to talk calmly with him and with a reassuring voice and do not use interrogative intonations like ‘Baby, you’re hungry?’, which could have the opposite effect.

Finally, remember that by the signals that your baby sends to you, he experiences the feeling of maternal or parental love.

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