Figuring out what your baby is saying is all you do when you first become a parent. Your life is shaken up by this new life or in some cases two new lives that fill your days with love, amazement, squirt poops, endless feedings, and sleepless nights. Your baby continues to cry and nothing is working. The helplessness you can feel. The self-doubt. Why is she still crying? Is that cry different, is something else wrong, no it sounds the same. The frustrations, the exhaustion, the newness of it all. It is messy and confusing and overwhelming. If you struggled like I did with my babies, this will change your life.
I sat with a book open to the page on reading baby cues on our couch with my first child. Day after day I referred to that book when she made a sound. Reading her body language and her cries was confusing at first. I had the same fears, frustrations, and tears as most parents. Over time, I got to know Madeleine and I learned how to meet her needs which led to less crying…most of the time. Boy oh boy, I would have rather watched a video that illustrated the descriptions in my books. Lips pursed, curled tongue.. was so hard to figure out.
Fast forward twelve years and in my practice as a sleep consultant, I talk about sleepy cues and hunger cries on a daily basis. Parents are often amazed during a home visit when I point out a sleep cue like the ‘seven mile stare’ (eyes wide with no blinking) or uncoordinated kicking. But what most parents ask is, “how do I ready my baby’s cries?’ I usually try to explain the different sounds, this mom is a genius. She created the visual aid I was looking for.
Reading you baby’s cries can be life changing.
That’s where Priscilla Dustan comes in. Priscilla used her unique ear for sound that made her a music prodigy at a young age to decipher a the universal code babies use to communicate. Priscilla states that there are 5 universal sounds that babies all over the world use to communicate their needs. Her videos are simple and illustrate quickly what to listen for in your baby. Watch her video below to learn more about her discovery.
What do you think of Priscilla’s discovery? How did you learn to read you baby’s cues? Have your child’s cues changed with time?