My Baby – Week 15

Can you believe you brought your little one home 15 weeks ago? By now, you have plenty of experience with diaper changes, baths, and feedings. In fact, you may even be able to associate the different sounds your infant makes with exactly what he or she is asking for.

Your baby’s cries decoded

One hypothesis about infantile speech patterns was developed by former mezzo-soprano singer, Priscilla Dunstan. Dunstan Baby Language claims that there are five sounds used by all infants, regardless of culture or linguistic group. These five distinct sounds, or sound reflexes, carry distinct meanings and are used by infants to communicate during the first few months of life.

Dunstan’s hypothesis asserts that these sound reflexes can indicate what the child needs, and if these needs are not met, the sounds will then escalate into a hysterical cry.

According to Dunstan, the five universal sound reflexes are…

  • NEH – I’m Hungry.
  • OWH – I’m Sleepy.
  • HEH – I’m experiencing discomfort.
  • EAIRH – I have lower gas (I have an upset stomach).
  • EH – I need to burp.

Have you heard your baby make any of these noises?


What do you think?

My Baby – Week 15

Tell us what you think!


  1. Ventura says:

    Its going to help me alot with all the information that you guys share thank you!

  2. Sidra says:

    Yes he is 15 week

  3. sue says:

    I never heard my lil guy make these sounds. We heard him say ” i good”, ” blueees”, “momma”, ” momma boob”, Bev. He pouts instead of crying. It’s soo cute. I hoping he will roll, no interest. Can sit up and loves standing ( few times he holds stuff ). We use to sleep through the night. Now he wants to eat middle of night. Loves his cereal.

  4. gabrielle says:

    My son sleeps through the night never crys and has been rolling from his back to his tummy makes like ques here and there he just starts grunting when he pooped and smiles with a lil attitude when hungry.

  5. Melani says:

    My Lil angel 15 weeks and she knows how to sit up by her self hold her bottle I just wish she would sleep more

  6. Dana says:

    Yeah, this would have been a much better topic to bring up during week 2 or 3. By 15 weeks I think most of us have figured these sounds out the hard way.

  7. Nicole says:

    I think it is odd that Everyday Family is talking about these cries now. I found them to be most noticeable and helpful in the beginning. Our babies will be loosing these identifiable cries soon because the reflexes that cause them will be disappearing.

  8. Cheri says:

    Mine sounds just like he is saying mama too when he cries. It’s so cute. Ready for him to say it for real though.

  9. Christina says:

    I’m not sure if my baby has made any of those sounds. He probably has, I just didn’t pay much attention to it. I just love hearing him say mama. Can’t believe it’s been 15 weeks. He’s getting bigger. 🙂

  10. Libny says:

    My 15 week old has been saying mama and mom since she was 6 weeks, and now she screams dada! She seems to want to speak sooner than her older sister… If only she would sleep through the night….

  11. Maria says:

    Wow I think I experience this words. Love them

  12. suzan says:

    My baby is 15-week-old and do not sleep in the daytime only two hours Mtafrqtin Is this normal???

    • Megan says:

      I have a 15 week old too and sometimes she won’t sleep but a couple of hours through the day..I just count myself lucky because that means she’s gonna sleep all night long!

  13. Amanda says:

    neh sounds more like neigh-ga

  14. We think our baby is saying mom too. When ever he gets scared he cries "maaaaa"

  15. rene says:

    my baby seems to say mommy and when mommy holds him he stays quiet

  16. Mini says:

    my baby is making different sounds

  17. Why would you willingly give your baby the crap that formula is? Unless you have a good reason. I have low milk supply and I still hate supplementing. cow milk is for baby cows. Honestly, parents denying their infants the best nutrition is sad.

    • sue says:

      Shock to read this. As my son gets bigger I need to give both breast and formula. I am not going leave him to starve. By the way you don’t give Cows milk until year old. Dr told me the new formula being made has the same ingredients as breastmilk.

    • minimunchkin says:

      I can’t believe I just read this comment. People have many different reasons for giving thier babies formula. My baby gets formula and she is very happy and healthy. Saying that mothers who give their babies formula is rude and disrespectful. We all bring up our children differently and as long as they are happy, healthy and good people, that’s all that matters.

      • Shanna says:

        I agree, there is absolutely no reason to ever judge a mother choosing to give her baby formula, It doesn’t mean she loves her child less, or is being lazy. We as women and as mother spend far to much time judging the choices of other women and mothers. Isn’t what truly matters is the child is loved deeply and cared for? There are a list just as long for not breastfeeding as there are reasons to breastfeed, and whether people like it or not, ‘choice’ is a reason on both of those lists. I breastfed for two months, but had very negative letdown hormones, it is called DeMer. I was completely unaware that it even existed. I thought I was crazy for not feeling happy about breastfeeding. after doing my research I choose to take care of my mental and emotional health so I could enjoy my babies growth and love. We as women need to be careful of our fast judgments, we will be passing these things on to our children, they will see our cruel outlook to other women and mothers. Lets do something different, lets teach them compassion and understanding.

  18. katherine says:

    My baby says alot of sounds already

  19. agriffin says:

    My little one always says neh when she is hungry. I didn’t realize it was a universal sound babies make. I am gonna pay attention for the other ones now.

  20. Amy says:

    I try to remember what each sounds means but forgot. I need to write them down.

  21. Tasha says:

    I have already start a tablespoon of cereal to my son formula, I will start to spoon feed small amounts when he turns 4mths

  22. sheenaholman says:

    I saw a video on this and listened for the different cries when my baby was first born, so I could give her what she needed. I got mixed up a lot and had to look at my notes all the time.

  23. Jeanetta says:

    I never really noticed the sounds my daughter makes, I will from now on. I do recognize her cries when she is wet or dirty and her cries when she is hungry.

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