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6 Baby Body Language: What Babies Want To Say

Aside from crying, babies use other body language to send their message to their moms. To understand what babies want to say, here are the meaning behind their body language.

1. Kicking Legs In The Air

This is the first sign a baby does when he is trying to communicate. This sign means he is excited and happy. It could be because of seeing his parents or of something that fascinates him. Allowing a baby to kick will help him develop his muscles, which will help him in crawling.

2. Head Banging

This is a common sign among babies. This sign is more common among male babies. For some, this action looks scary. According to experts, there is nothing to worry about as this is their way of comforting or stimulating themselves. Sometimes it could mean they are in pain.

To avoid any accidents, make sure the baby is not near a wall or any hard thing. Put some padding or cushion on the railing of his crib. Divert his attention by reading stories, playing with him or doing any activity.

3. Sucking Fingers

This is usually interpreted as a sign of hunger, but it may not always be so. It could also mean that he is trying to soothe himself. Be aware of the baby’s feeding schedule. If he is not hungry, give him a gentle pat to put him to sleep.

4. Grabbing The Ears

It is his way of expressing his joy of discovering his ears. But when he grabs his ears and cries, it means he might be suffering from an ear infection. Let the baby discover his ears and make him comfortable. Ask a pediatrician in case there is a possibility of ear infection.

5. Clenched Fists

Clenching fists is also very common among babies. It may mean he is hungry or stressed. If he is hungry, he becomes tense and clenches his fist first. Feed the baby when he is hungry. If the newborn has a habit of clenching his fist persistently after completing three months, let a pediatrician check the baby.

6. Arm Jerks

It is a baby’s reaction to the environment and a sign of alertness as well. A baby usually thrashes his arms whenever he hears a sudden noise or experiences a bright light. A baby may also jerk his arms when putting him on the floor or if he feels a sudden loss of support. Swaddle him when putting him to sleep. By swaddling, he gets enough support, and this prevents him from jerking his arms.