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Understanding the Secret Language of Babies

In my previous post on this topic, I mentioned having difficulty deciphering between the specific sounds highlighted by Patricia Dunstan’s Secret Language of Babies.  For instance, “eh”, “neh” and “heh” all sound pretty similar to me. Most of the time I think it sounds like “eh”, but when I put Gareth onto my shoulder to burp him, it doesn’t necessarily work. 

Upon the recommendation of Robobaby, I looked up some youtube videos on the Secret Language of Babies so I could listen to examples of the sounds made by babies relating to each specific need.  I found the following videos to be particularly useful.

1. “Neh” means “I’m hungry”:


2. Deciphering the different sounds:


Check out the Dunstan Baby Language website for more information.

Published by Shen-Li

SHEN-LI LEE is the author of “Brainchild: Secrets to Unlocking Your Child’s Potential”. She is also the founder of (a website on parenting, education, child development) and (a website on Right Brain Education, cognitive development, and maximising potentials). In her spare time, she blogs on Forty, Fit & Fed, and Back to Basics.

5 thoughts on “Understanding the Secret Language of Babies

  1. Congrats to you..on the arrival of Baby2=Gareth.
    Its less than 10 days right and you have entered x number of posts. Hey, you need your rest. Btw, is Baby2 is big drinker too? Since he was 4.5kg at BIRTH???

    Anyway take care n rest well.


  2. I Think that is As a part of Each mom says they cope with their crying child differently. “My husband and I have a list,” says Jessica, the mother of twins. “First it’s diaper change. Feed. Check the clothing. Put the pacifier in the mouth. Give them a bath. … In the end, nothing works.”


  3. Rachel – Yes, Gareth is a real tanker. He can be glued to my breast for a couple of hours and then sleep for longer than the usual newborn. Normally expect to nurse every 2-3 hours, but Gareth can go as many as 6 hours without nursing. Of course, he also stays a lot longer on the breast when he does come back to me for nursing. The good thing about that is that I get more “uninterupted” rest – which, as you can see, I took the opportunity to blog a little instead :-p

    Dayspa – “in the end, nothing works”. Touche! More often then not, we just go with the flow. If you watch the second youtube video above, you’ll notice that they say it is also part “intuition” which, in my books, equals “educated guessing”. I just thought it was worth a try to see if it would work for me.


  4. Heh… I’m the mother and after two kids, I can’t say I understand it fully either. Maybe I’m more clued in to my own children because I spend a lot of time with them, but with someone else’s child, I have no idea…


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