Babies can’t communicate through words, but they have their own ways of expressing their needs and feelings. Here are some common things that babies try to tell you:
- Hunger: A baby who is hungry will often make rooting or sucking movements with their mouth, cry or fuss.
- Tiredness: If a baby is getting drowsy, they may rub their eyes, turn their head away from stimulation, or become fussy.
- Discomfort: A baby who is uncomfortable may squirm, cry, or fuss. This could be because they have a dirty diaper, are too hot or cold, or are experiencing other physical discomfort.
- Overstimulation: When a baby is overstimulated, they may become fussy, cry, or turn away from stimulation.
- Need for attention: Babies may cry or fuss if they feel they’re not getting enough attention. They may also reach out and grab onto a caregiver or a nearby object.
- Pain: If a baby is in pain, they may cry loudly and continuously, tense up, or make facial expressions of distress.
- Fear or anxiety: If a baby is afraid or anxious, they may cry, cling to their caregiver, or become very still and quiet.
It’s important to respond to your baby’s signals and try to understand what they’re trying to tell you. With time and experience, you’ll become more attuned to your baby’s cues and better able to respond to their needs.