I first came across Dunstan Baby Language while watching Oprah. It captured my attention as a future mom
and the need to be that “perfect” mom…but mostly out of the terror of not being able to understand my baby’s cries and it having an impact on our attachment. I did not watch the DVD before giving birth, but back home the first day, baby was crying hopelessly and i could not soothe her. It was 2 a.m. and we decided to turn on the lap top and watch the DVD. WOW… for us anyway… we were able to understand
why our baby was crying, and soothe her accordingly. You need to get your ear attuned to her cries but once you get it
… it’s easy and it works. Although there is no scientific validation of this technique, all that mattered to us was that it worked and it has worked for many parents. The technique can be used from newborn to about 3 months, if i recall well, while all children
are the same linguistically all over the world. Australian Priscilla Dunstan identified 5 specific cries or “sound reflexes” (Neh, Owh, Heh, Eairh, and Eh). Below, taken from Wikipedia, you can read a brief description of the meaning of each cry. The beauty of the DVD is that you get to hear and watch different babies cry; it’s really a hands on demonstration, not a theoretical explanation. This is what makes it easier to learn, and discern the different cries. It was well worth the purchase (see https://www.dunstanbaby.com/
). Watch the video below.