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Listening to Your Baby in a New Way

Priscilla Dunstan reveals the basics of the Dunstan Baby Language. Learn how to recognize what your baby's cries mean.

Hi. My name is Priscilla. And today, I'm gonna take you through how to listen to your baby's cries. The important thing to remember is that you're actually listening for a word within your baby's cry, and not the whole cry. It's also easy to hear this word in the pre-cry part of your baby sounds rather than when your baby's really upset. It's sort of like if you're talking with your husband-- if he asks you something really nicely, then you can understand what he's asking for. But if he starts screaming at you, then, you know, you have no hope in the world. So, it's important to remember to listen to your baby before your baby gets upset. If your baby is very upset, it's best to calm your baby down before you try and listen to the words. Sometimes, changing a position that your baby is in can help with calming them down. And then, it's easy to hear the words that they're saying. For example, if you would only feed your baby when your baby cries, pick up your baby as if you were going to feed, listen to your baby's cries as you're starting to feed and see if it matches what you're doing-- or if you'd prefer to change to match the words that your baby's actually saying. The great thing about this system in tuning your ears is that anyone can do it, including in-laws or your husband, or even your two-year-old son. It's great when siblings get involved because they feel that they're included and they can often run in and tell you when their little brother or sister is hungry or needs to be burped. It's great with the family dynamic. For example, if your husband is coming home late from work, if he can just hear what your baby is asking for, he can actually do something without waiting for you to give him instructions. It helps with the whole family dynamic and everyone can become involved with having a newborn baby in the home. Remember if at any time you're worried about your baby or the cry doesn't sound normal to you, you should go and see your health professional. Just to recap, remember that you're listening for a word within the cry. It's easy to hear this word in your baby's pre-cry sounds. And to keep practicing. If you look at your DVD a number of times, you'll get to hear the word, and you'll be able to use it throughout your day and hear it within your baby's cry. I hope you've enjoyed this segment, and I'll see you on the next one.