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What type of cues does my baby send to me?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Like a bat flying through the darkness or a dolphin navigating murky depths, from birth, your child emits a constant stream of sonarlike pings, or cues -- in the form of sounds, squirms, eye contact, and so forth -- letting you know what he wants, craves, and needs. When you respond, he feels content and secure. Understanding your child's pings is instinctive: One of the first things that a mother learns is how to distinguish different types of crying -- "I'm hungry," "I'm wet," "I'm tired," "I just want a little TLC" -- and respond appropriately. This call-and-response is reinforced by baby's actions (Baby cries, Mom picks up, Baby stops crying). Pings can be nonverbal, too: facial expressions or body language. (Think of the "I've gotta pee" dance.)

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