Ozzie Gutierrez
by on September 7, 2022  in Baby Education / Family & Home / Let's Talk Baby /
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Cues are signals from your baby that tell you how he feels and what he needs. Some cues tell you that your baby is ready to interact with you. Babies give a lot of subtle cues that they are ready to feed, long before they begin to cry. From rooting with their mouths to making sucking noises and trying to suck on their fists, as well as little noises that say, 'I'm working up to a cry'. If these signals are ignored, they will yell.

Babies have several “fed” and “not-hungry-for-now” signals. If you want to know whether your baby is satisfied after a feeding, look for them to exhibit the following: releasing or pushing away the breast or bottle, closing their mouth and not responding to encouragement to latch on or suck again. The most probable reason your little babe is rubbing her face on you is because of an involuntary primitive motor reflex newborns have called a rooting reflex, which signals that your baby is hungry. Rooting helps her find the nipple when it's time for her to eat. 

Here are the top 10 baby cues and what they mean:

Baby fist clenching: In the first few weeks of your baby's life, you may notice that they seem tense. Their fists are clenched, with arms bent and legs held close to their body. This typically isn't anything to worry about — it's the natural fetal position they've been used to in the womb. This is also instinctual. It mirrors the curled position they had in the womb. In addition, sometimes fist clenching can be a sign of hunger or stress. “When newborns are hungry, their whole bodies tend to be clenched.

Smiles: Babies who are well nourished and tenderly cared for will grin, smile, and light up for their special caregivers. In the vast majority of cases, parents of smiley babies have nothing to worry about. A baby always smiling isn't anything abnormal. It's a learning process for them and they're really just trying to process exactly what joy is, and how to share that joy with others around them that they're gazing at.

Appetite: Your baby's appetite will increase during growth spurts. Continue to feed on demand and increase the number of feedings as needed.If he feels relaxed and comfortable and plays vigorously with crib or floor toys, your baby will nurse and eat with pleasure.

Voice: Happy babies vocalize a lot. They squeal. This sound usually means they're learning how to regulate their breathing. Your baby will be able to express happiness by giggling or cooing. When you smile, your baby might smile back. Babies are discovering their ability to make sounds: Soon you'll have a cooing and gurgling machine! Your baby will "talk" to you with a variety of sounds.

Babies bury their faces in your chest: This cute behavior might go beyond snuggles and snacks, though. A recent article in Frontiers in Psychology found that these types of sensory-seeking behaviors might be a comfort mechanism, a way to self-soothe when babies are feeling out of sorts, hungry, tired, or just overwhelmed. Some babies bury their head into you as a 'rooting technique' – the way a baby will turn their head in search of the breast.

Babies fighting their sleep: Babies fight sleep for many common reasons. They're overtired, can't put themselves to sleep, or feel frustrated with the way they're being put.  When babies seem to be “fighting” that instinct to sleep, it's almost always a sign of something else happening to them.  It's likely that they're feeling some separation anxiety, which can show up at bedtime as well. Often seen anywhere from 8 to 18 months, your baby may fight sleep because they don't want you to leave.

Babies stretch and grunt: When your baby grunts, it usually means they're learning how to have a bowel movement. They haven't yet figured out how to relax the pelvic floor while also using abdominal pressure to move stool and gas through their system. Grunting during sleep can indicate dreaming or a bowel movement. Gastroesophageal reflux (GER). Also known as acid reflux, this occurs when stomach contents rise into the food pipe. It can cause discomfort, and the baby may grunt.

Lipsmacking: Babies smack their lips for all sorts of reasons. A large number of infants do this while they are sleeping and hungry. But lip-smacking does not always mean that baby is hungry. Some children do this regardless of being hungry. Lip-smacking also may be a sign that a tooth is about to poke its way through your little one's gums. Teething can be uncomfortable, and lip-smacking may offer some pain relief. While teething frequently begins when a baby is 6 to 8 months old, you may notice signs of it as soon as 4 months.

Babies lifting their legs: You also may notice your baby stretching and kicking the legs. This movement strengthens leg muscles, preparing your baby to roll over. In most cases, a baby is pulling up their legs simply to try to relieve themselves of gas pains, and it (along with the gas) shall pass.

Babies staring at mom: Babies go through major periods of growth within their first few months of life. They're curious about the world, and everything is new to them. They want to interact with people and be social. Your baby may be starting at you as an early form of communication between them and the huge world around them. Newborn babies or babies a few months old have eyesight developed enough to look at their mother's faces. So while breastfeeding, they stare at their mother's face or make eye contact with her to interact with her. So while breastfeeding, your baby will stare at you to communicate or form a bond with you.

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