Babies can communicate before speaking. Every child is born with an ability to express his/her wants and needs through facial expressions. If parents can understand these signs, they will help to communicate well and meet their child’s needs faster, which helps the baby feel safe and develop well. Here are the most common expressions of a child who has not talked in order for parents to apply:
1. Wrinkle forehead
Wrinkled forehead, wrinkled nose and cycled mouth indicate that the baby is bored and wants to ignore the ongoing movements. To make the baby more comfortable, parents should take her/him to go to another dimension and to play another game. For example, if you are in the living room, you can go to the garden. If the baby is not met his/her needs, the baby will cry.
2. Look for his/her mother with a pair of worried eyes
Two-month children are able to see toward their mothers when mothers walk through them. If the babies have anxious eyes when seeing their mothers, it means that they are feeling pressure or discomfort. At that time, mothers should come to the babies and look at the legs and arms of the babies or simply mothers only need to sit down and play with the babies a bit. If not met, of course, the babies still wait until their mothers return to them and smile when they are met according to their requirements. However, if they have to wait too long, maybe they will cry to call their mothers.
A smile is often one of the manifestations of joy. When babies smile, parents should smile back and tell them something warm. Although babies cannot speak and know the words of the parents, they can feel the charisma and emotion of their parents.
4. Ape the grown-ups
At the age of 3-6 months, children will imitate their parents or people around them. When they are 9 months old, they can practice facial expressions efficiently and often repeat the behavior of adults. Therefore, parents should limit emotions and negative behaviors before the children.
5. Suck fingers
Studies show that approximately 90% of communication between children and adults is gestures instead of sounds. For example, when babies are hungry, they will such their fingers or chew anything. If well fed, they will not immediately suck their fingers or chew anything.
6. Throw out the chest
This gesture will happen after babies are born for a few weeks. The babies began to throw out their chest upset, even to cry together (this may be a sign of calcium deficiency). This expression can also be caused by esophageal reflux, tiredness or discomfort. When babies throw out their chest, mothers should pick babies up and carry babies on the shoulder and slap the baby’s’ back gently, or let babies sit up for a few minutes.
7. Rub eyes and scratch ears
Babies will have this behavior when feeling tired, sleepy or itchy. If babies rub their eyes and cry, it means that they want to go to bed. If babies scratch their ears, they may have an itch or even suffer from inflammation. Depending on each situation, mothers can help babies more comfortable.
8. Want to be cuddled
When babies are small, mothers will find that sometimes babies look for the skin of mothers such as rubbing the mother’s cheek and body. This may show that babies are hungry and sleepy or babies are seeking for breast milk. Therefore, many mothers just use fingers to stroke on the newborn baby’s cheek and intermediately babies turn to the finger and open their mouths. At that time, they are ready to be breastfed.
9. Jump out of skin
Loud sound may stimulate the baby’s nerves, make babies jump out of their skin and cry. Fear and minor shocks will occur when babies have just been born, but gradually they will disappear when babies are 3-6 months old. The reason for this situation is that babies are cuddled in their mother’s womb, a warm environment without noise and babies will be prone to shock when they are born. Parents can help babies by giving them the feeling of being cuddled (inserting pillows around them or winding a turband for children). Approximately for 4 months, your baby will get used to this new environment.
10. Prattle and smile
This indicates that babies want to “talk”. At the age of 2-3 months, children begin comparing different sounds with parents’ voices. And when babies are 4-6 months old, babies begin to experiment more with their own sounds such as babbling or prattling … These sounds may have multiple meanings: happiness, angriness or sadness, even controversial meanings.
Crying is the fastest way for parents to know that babies are tired, hungry or painful; but how can mothers understand the symptoms? When born, babies often cry to express the entire attitude; even crying helps the baby be better. However, after a few months, babies will have different ways of crying to express different moods:
- Cry due to being hungry
If babies cry due to being hungry, they will cry for short time periods with low tones. If they have to wait for a long time but mothers do not respond, they will scream louder and stronger.
- Cry due to being painful
If babies are painful, hot or cold or suffer from wet diapers, the babies will cry persistently. And mothers must check whether children are painful somewhere or not, or if babies are in a state of discomfort or not.
- Cry due to being kittenish
From 2-3 months of age, babies will cry more. If babies cry in their sleep with kittenish tones, it means that babies are requiring love from their mothers. Let’s put a hand on the baby’s chest, gently stroke the baby, or mothers can sing their baby a lullaby.