When I was reading up about teaching Sign Language to babies, I came across the theory of “The Secret Language of Babies” that is supposed to help every parent decode their baby’s needs before the crying even begins. Since this code is only applicable in the first three months of life, I was never able to determine it’s validity for myself as Gavin was way past three months by the time I discovered the theory.
Last night, when Gareth was fussing, he made a lot of familiar sounds and I suddenly remembered this theory. Since I couldn’t get to the computer, I couldn’t look up what the sound he was making meant. Well, here they are again:
1. “Neh” – means “I’m hungry”
2. “Owh” – means “I’m sleepy”
3. “Heh” – means “I’m experiencing discomfort”
4. “Eair” – means “I have lower gas”
5. “Eh” – means “I need to burp”
I remember a lot of “eh” sounds, but I cannot be certain if it was specifically “eh” or “neh” or “heh”. In retrospect, after the discovery of the poopy diaper, I am assuming he was uttering “heh”.
To be honest, I wasn’t listening that carefully because I couldn’t remember exactly what sounds I was supposed to be listening out for. That said, most of his noises did sound a lot like “eh”. Nevertheless, it is early days yet so we’ll see if I can decipher this language and use it to help me read Gareth’s cues before they turn into full-scale howling.
Watch this space…
In the meantime, have you ever tried using the Secret Language of Babies with your baby? What are your experiences? Does it work? Is it easy to decipher? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.