Any mummies here are experts in deciphering baby cries?
Not an expert but what I've read is that there are a few different types of cries that signify different needs. They are (taken from: http://sg.theasianparent.com/what-your-babys-cries-mean/): - A hungry baby’s cries will be rhythmic and repetitive. The cry will often be accompanied by sucking sounds, rooting or sucking on fingers or hands. Timing also plays a big part in a hungry cry. If your baby hasn’t eaten in 3 hours or so, chances are pretty good that he/she wants to eat. Dunstan baby language tells us to listen for ‘n’ sounds in a baby’s hungry cry. - A tired baby’s cry will start slowly and build in intensity. A tired baby will also rub their eyes, yawn and move around as if trying to keep themselves awake. The ‘ow’ sound is heard in a baby’s tired cry according to Dunstan. - A stressed baby will toss and turn while crying in a whiny sort of way. The cry is often described as fussy. They will turn away from the sounds or sights that are stressing them out. - The cry of a baby who is suffering from colic is persistent, loud and sharp. They will often draw their legs up in pain. The ‘eh’ sound, according to Dunstan’s language of babies, indicates a need to be burped or to be relieved of gas. - Sudden, intense, sharp cries that come suddenly indicate pain. This type of cry can also indicate extreme fear. - Whimpers and soft cries or whining are signs of not feeling well. They are sending the message of “I need some TLC”. A ‘heh’ sound indicates discomfort in Dunstan’s baby language. In all, every baby will have their own styles of whining and all, once you are able to decipher the different types of cries, you can better attend to his/her needs.Read more
Babies cry when they want to be held, or fed, or when they are uncomfortable or in pain. They also cry when they are over-stimulated, bored, tired, or frustrated. Your baby's cries will become more communicative as your baby grows: after three months, your baby will cry differently for different needs. Here's how you can understand your baby's 1. Hunger cry: A baby who is hungry will begin crying slowly. The cry will build in volume and would become loud in sometime. 2. Pain Cry: A baby who is in pain is likely to begin crying suddenly. The cry may be high-pitched and harsh. Read more about what your baby's cries mean in this article http://www.wikihow.com/Understand-the-Cry-of-BabiesRead more
I downloaded the Baby Ears App by Dunstan and though it wasn't 100% accurate based on our experience, it was pretty helpful! https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/baby-ears-by-dbl/id556482217?mt=8 I liked how there are practice clips (and even tests!) so you really learn to pay attention.Read more