Long before she says her first word, your baby informs you about her needs. She communicates you if she is hungry or sleepy, if she wants to play or needs a break. It’s very important for you to know how to read the most important baby cues if you want to respond correctly to those needs.

  • I want to take a nap

Would you like to stay awake when you really want to sleep? Pay attention to baby cues that indicate you that your baby is tired. If your baby makes jerkily moves, is very quiet and still, rubs her eyes and ears, yawns, toys are not interesting for her anymore or her eyebrows are frown, it’s time to put her to bed because, if you miss that moment, there are many chances for the baby to become stuffy and it can be difficult for you to calm her down.

  • I need to eat

Before your baby starts to cry, she will give you some signs trying to let you know that she is hungry. Some baby cues that show you that it’s time to feed her are: she sucks her hand or fingers or she only makes sucking noises, she roots with her mouth or emits little noises that should warn you she will start to cry in few moments. If you ignore those cues, you should prepare for her yell.  If your baby cries, you have to calm her enough before starting to feed her because many accidents can happen. Remember that a baby can’t swallow the food while she is crying –she can drown.

  • Don’t forget to play with me

The periods when your little baby interacts with you are very short but, as she grows, she will want to play with you more and more. She will let you know when is in a mood for play by catching your finger, looking at you with bright and wide eyes and moving her body in a smooth and no jerkily way. If you are ready to play with her, she will smile, prattle or talk. Don’t disregard these baby cues; those are your baby’s form of telling you: “Don’t forget to play with me!”.

  • I need a break

If your baby is tired of playing or wants to change the pace, she will give you some subtle cues. She will arch her back, turn the head or look away, wriggle or kick. If you won’t stop playing when your baby is bored, she may become agitated and start to cry.

At the beginning, it can be a little bit hard to understand your baby signals. But, the more time you spend with her, the better you will understand which are the most important baby cues that you child wants to communicate you.