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?