Learn to read your baby's signs

From the first months of life, parents find themselves having to interpret the signals that their children send. Crying baby can have many meanings!

Gradually parents learn to read these signals to implement responses and enter into relationships with their child. However, it is important to keep in mind that these signs are not always easy to interpret and that the feeling of proceeding "by trial and error" is part of the experience of being parents who live the majority of people.

Around six months of age, the child becomes very skilled in expressing his emotions: he laughs when he is happy, effectively shows his disappointment and often the transition from one mood to another is so sudden that we don't in time to intervene before she starts crying.

In principle, infants spend more time crying than laughing. This is because crying has a practical function, that is, it is the way the child uses to communicate that something is wrong.

A mother soon learns to recognize the signals of her baby and to understand if she is going to cry, why she complains, what annoys him.

The facial expression of the crying child varies according to the triggering reason: if, for example, you experience physical pain, the little one will cry with the corners of the mouth facing down and the arched eyebrows; if, on the other hand, he is angry, he will become purple and make a scream tightening his jaws.

For now, our child is not yet able to experience deep emotions disconnected from the context in which he finds himself. Whether she laughs or cries depends on a stimulation she currently receives. The parent must therefore understand what in the child's environment or body annoys him or makes him happy. With experience, interpreting the signals of our baby will succeed in a completely immediate and spontaneous way.

Scientific advice from Dr. Roberta Milzoni, Psychologist and Psychotherapist

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