Here’s How You Can Learn To Understand What Your Baby Is Trying To Say – All Babies Speak A Universal Language Here’s How You Can Learn To Understand What Your Baby Is Trying To Say – All Babies Speak A Universal Language
Are you a mother to a young baby zero and three months? well you can rest easy knowing that you can now learn to understand... Here’s How You Can Learn To Understand What Your Baby Is Trying To Say – All Babies Speak A Universal Language

Are you a mother to a young baby zero and three months? well you can rest easy knowing that you can now learn to understand exactly what your newborn baby is trying to tell you thanks to a new research by an Austrailian Mum by the name Priscilla Dunstan.

Dunstan appeared on The Oprah Show a number of years ago, demonstrating her theory.

She made the discovery in June 1998, after she had become a mom; she struggled to determine what her son needed and wanted, but then she started to listen to him.

Dunstan is said to have a phonographic memory, which is like having an eidetic memory, but for sound.

The segment on the Oprah show is just over 17 minutes long, but it’s an interesting watch. She explains the message behind the different baby sounds, especially the reflexes which each sound is coupled with. She also includes clips of babies making the various sounds which she filmed while conducting her research.

Newborn baby language basics:

The 5 sounds the newborn language consists of are:

  • “Neh” – “I’m hungry”
  • “Owh” – “I’m tired”
  • “Heh” – “I’m not comfortable” (baby could be hot or cold, in need of a nappy change or generally positioned uncomfortably)
  • “Eair” – Lower gas
  • “Eh” – Burp

Often a baby’s cries all sound the same, and Dunstan acknowledges it may be difficult to identify the differences between the sounds, but she says you need to listen and practise listening.

The Oprah show

Dunstan performed an experiment for the show with 8 mothers and their newborn babies. Moms who participated in the experiment shared the hardships they experienced with their newborns. One mom said it broke her heart knowing her baby was upset but not knowing why.

Another mom spoke about how she thought her son hated the car seat, but after learning to understand he was uncomfortable, she discovered the car seat straps were too tight.

Watch the full interview here:

Just another desperate, struggling mom

When she became a mom, she struggled to figure out what her son needed and wanted, until she started using her gift and listened to him.

Dunstan picked up the noises her son made before he broke out into a frantic cry. She picked up on the consistencies in the sounds he made.

Initially, she thought this was only her son’s way of communicating with her, until she tried it with other infants. She discovered a universal language newborn babies use.

Doing the research

She began conducting her own research. She moved on to testing her theory on an international scale. She did this for 8 years, then decided to seek guidance and assistance from researchers at Brown University.

The difference between their and her research was that Dunstan was studying babies’ pre-cry and the university lecturers were studying babies’ full-blown cries.

Naturally, there are sceptics who don’t believe there is legitimacy in Dunston’s theory and regard “a cry as a cry”, like educator and scientist Jeff Toney. The Dunstan Baby Language website states that to their knowledge there are no other medical or academic papers published invalidating the research.

The website also shows the research findings of an independent study conducted in Australia, America and the United Kingdom. The combined sample size of 400 mothers and infants show:

  • 90% of all mothers reported DBL is valuable and would recommend it to other mothers.
  • 100% of all first-time mothers reported it was valuable and would recommend it to other mothers.
  • There were significant increases in maternal self-esteem and reductions in parental stress.
  • Almost 70% of test moms reported their infant settled faster after using DBL.
  • Almost 70% felt more confident as a mother and more relaxed, in control.
  • Over 50% reported more unbroken sleep for themselves and their baby.
  • DBL not only helps mothers, but also benefited 2 out of 3 fathers, resulting in reduced levels of stress, greater paternal involvement in the baby’s care, and more positive marital relationships.

A success story:

Cape Town father of twin boys, Max, said he came across the language after watching the episode of Oprah in which Dunstan featured:

“It was a tremendous help. I had not one, but two newborns to take care of and there were many occasions when I had to do this on my own. I think the theory is 100% accurate.

“While walking through a shopping mall, I would offer to help other moms who were struggling with their babies. Some of them weren’t very receptive to the help, seeing that a stranger kind of knew what their babies needed and, coupled with this, I’m a man.

“There were times my father took care of the twins and I taught the language to him as well. He knew the five sounds to look out for and was amazed at how effective it was.”


Source: Parent 24

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  • Trenise

    2017-06-12 #1 Author

    Lol they sure have their own language.


  • Di

    2017-06-12 #2 Author

    This Make Great Sense And Also helpful Who Going Through The Same Thing !


  • Jordi

    2017-06-12 #3 Author

    Very interesting! I always wondered what they talk about.


  • Jordi printup

    2017-06-12 #4 Author

    Very cool they have their own language!


    • Jamey

      2017-06-12 #5 Author

      This is very helpful.


  • Shaniya Wright

    2017-06-12 #6 Author

    Babies really do have their own language and ways of doing things


  • Shaterica

    2017-06-12 #7 Author

    It’s crazy babies really have they own language and cute!


  • Donnaya Hinton

    2017-06-12 #8 Author

    I wish I would of saw this over a year ago before my daughter started talking!


  • Je’Leah Brown

    2017-06-12 #9 Author

    This is a great article and could be very helpful.


  • Kaylenn

    2017-06-12 #10 Author

    They can be very helpfully n smart you can understand some babies because they will point while trying to talk


  • Isabella guzman

    2017-06-12 #11 Author

    This is very unique


  • Shareka

    2017-06-12 #12 Author

    Babies Are Amazing


  • Rudy Stewart

    2017-06-12 #13 Author

    Wow good things to know


  • Daja

    2017-06-12 #14 Author

    babbies are unique


  • Michal Williams

    2017-06-12 #15 Author

    Love this article


  • Starlease moore

    2017-06-12 #16 Author

    That’s amazing, I swear my 3yr old and 3 month old be having full blown convos


  • Shavontar mims

    2017-06-12 #17 Author

    Awww I can’t wait til I have my baby!


  • Cierra Allen

    2017-06-12 #18 Author

    This was interesting


  • Tamara

    2017-06-12 #19 Author

    Can’t wait to hear my little one!


  • Shavontar mims

    2017-06-12 #20 Author

    Awwww That’s so sweet!


  • Tonecia Alexander

    2017-06-12 #21 Author

    This was interesting


  • Kosygin Bynum

    2017-06-12 #22 Author

    This is really helpful ! Babies are awesome!😁


  • Niqué

    2017-06-12 #23 Author

    This video was helpful to me, I’m a first time mom so now I can practice knowing what my baby needs to make things easier.


  • Sparkle wash

    2017-06-12 #24 Author

    Even with five children baby language is simply complicated 🤣


  • Leiya wilson

    2017-06-12 #25 Author

    How will we be able to tell if his only 8 days


  • Erika

    2017-06-12 #26 Author

    My baby girl is 3 weeks okd & I can tell what she needs by a certain cry or face she makes! I can’t wait for her to start talking her own lil language 😊


  • Innocent Ejioformama Saint

    2017-06-12 #27 Author

    What a nice and wonderful one.


  • Rickeya McNeil

    2017-06-12 #28 Author

    My daughter has her own language she says huh when she is being very attentive and she says mum. And she hums when she is tired


  • Breana

    2017-06-12 #29 Author

    Very interesting. Makes a lot of sense!


  • Vanessa

    2017-06-12 #30 Author

    Awwhhh im glad i know this


  • Mahalia

    2017-06-12 #31 Author

    OMG I never knew


  • Sierra Phoenix

    2017-06-12 #32 Author

    I always wondered what my baby was saying lol this is cool


  • Sierra Phoenix

    2017-06-12 #33 Author

    This makes me happy I always wondered what my baby was saying.


  • Jasmine

    2017-06-12 #34 Author

    It’s super cool that babies can communicate with one another


  • Starr

    2017-06-12 #35 Author

    lol I love Babys 💙😍


  • Nikisha

    2017-06-12 #36 Author

    This article is great , I always wonder what do babies be talking about !


  • Esther

    2017-06-12 #37 Author

    Very interesting 🙂


  • Tgold

    2017-06-12 #38 Author

    Very lovely,happy 2 know dis


  • Latangela aaron

    2017-06-12 #39 Author

    This story is very helpful and unique.


  • Mussiah

    2017-06-12 #40 Author

    Babies are smarter than we think❤️ The biggest and greatest thing come in small packages.


  • Sidney

    2017-06-12 #41 Author

    wish my my little one was under three months again 😭 I’d love to test this out!!


  • Breana Crump

    2017-06-13 #42 Author

    Very interesting and very helpful. Baby are so amazing


  • Bry

    2017-06-13 #43 Author

    Talking to the child when they talk to you, helps them feel heard & make them talk faster than babies their age who parents that don’t.


  • Darnesha

    2017-06-13 #44 Author

    Good things to know.


  • Shakavea

    2017-06-13 #45 Author

    This article was very helpful


  • Keeaira Wadley

    2017-06-13 #46 Author

    Wow very interesting I have a son that is 5 months and this was very great to read.


  • Alexys

    2017-06-13 #47 Author

    Wow This Is Awesome


  • Miranda

    2017-06-13 #48 Author

    Interesting! I’ll keep this in mind when my daughter cries again.


  • Elnora young

    2017-06-13 #49 Author

    This is amazing learn something new daily


  • Aaliyah

    2017-06-13 #50 Author

    This article was very helpful! Now I will know what’s wrong with my baby


  • Ayana Ramirez

    2017-06-13 #51 Author

    I recently saw a video on the language on facebook. That is so unique.


  • Jimishia Lockwood

    2017-06-13 #52 Author

    Babies heavies have there own way of communication either if it’s smiling , crying , laughing .


  • Quaneqwa Morris

    2017-06-13 #53 Author

    I learned by my babies cries. She had a different sounding cry for different things. If you’re really in tacted with your baby, then you’ll understand exactly what they’re saying.


  • Erica

    2017-06-13 #54 Author

    That’s interesting!!! Because we just b talking back to them not knowing what? They saying


  • Chaquita Gooden

    2017-06-13 #55 Author

    This is so informational.. especially since I have a new baby


  • Tez

    2017-06-13 #56 Author

    Being the mom of a baby 0-3 this article was interesting and something i want to try next time my baby tryna tries to talk to me


  • Keisha

    2017-06-13 #57 Author

    I love this article 😊 & I definitely agree with the fact that babies have their own language . It’s fun & interesting .


  • daisy

    2017-06-13 #58 Author

    amazing baby facts👍


  • Shawntasia

    2017-06-13 #59 Author

    Nice to know! I feel like I be knowing what my daughter talking about lol!


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