A mother spent nine months planning and preparing for the arrival of a baby doing so many things, including decorating a nursery and reading what your baby might need, his or her cues of hunger, thirst, and sleep among so many other things. But things could be different once your baby is born.
At one time, she/he looks so happy and content and the next moment, it is like a bomb has been exploded. For a parent, it is easy to miss cues, and you shouldn’t feel bad if you are not so much good at this. These cues are normal behaviors of newborn babies. With time, each parent can get to know their child on a more personal level and everything gets better.
Here, we have gathered 6 baby cues that every parent should know. These are very common in infant babies. Have a look:
This one is present in children from birth to the age of 4 months. When you stroke your baby’s cheek, he or she will turn to that side. This starts as more of a reflex than a cue but develops into a cue. So, when you see your baby turning side to side with moving lips around, then it means they are hungry. This looks like they are almost yawning or wiggling around. Try to feed them through breasts or try the bottle whatever suits best for the baby.
2. Hand to mouth
Babies take their hand to mouth for so many different reasons. If your baby is rooting, then he or she puts a hand to their mouth and try to suck it. This is your cue that he or she is hungry. But if they put their hand to their mouth, it may also mean that they are teething and their gums hurt.
3. Clenching hands
Babies tend to clench their hands when something is not right. It mostly means that they are having some digestive issue. It could be gas, digestive discomfort or difficulty to poop. Try to learn more from their reaction and help them accordingly.
4. Turning away
Turning away heads is the cue for overstimulation. Babies can easily get overstimulated. If they are playing in a place for an extended period of time, then they start turning their head away. Just put them in a prime to safeguard them or get close to them. They might sleep if you do this.
5. Pulling ears
Newborn babies are often seen pulling their ears. It is your cue that they are feeling exhausted or overstimulated. So, take them into bed or try to calm them and let them sleep. Sometimes, it could be a sign for an ear infection but most of the time, pulling ears lead to yawning and a sign that the baby is sleepy so just take the cue.
6. Arching back
When your baby is arching back, it is your cue that the baby is done with eating and not hungry anymore. When babies are done, try to make sure that they burp otherwise they could throw it all back.