When your little bundle of joy arrives in this world, your happiness knows no bounds. You would spend all your time with your baby, anxiously watching all their movements, trying to find some meaning in everything they do and every sound they utter. In this post, we will be telling you about the different ways which the babies use to express themselves and how you can understand them. A baby’s body language can reveal a lot of information about the baby’s feelings and mood. Below, we are mentioning some of the actions that babies perform, what they could mean, and how you should respond to them.
1. Kicking Legs
Kicking legs is your baby’s way of expressing delight and happiness. If your baby is kicking his or her legs, it means that they are happy and having a wonderful time. Babies mostly kick their when you are playing with them or if they are in the bathtub. When it happens, you can sit your newborn on your lap and sing them a song or a rhyme. When their kicking synchronizes with the rhythm of the song, it makes them even happier than before.
2. Head Banging
Babies usually bang their head against the rail of their cribs or on the floor when they are suffering from pain or irritability. The back and forth banging movement of the head rhythmically offers the baby a soothing effect that helps them to calm down. It is, however, wise to meet a pediatrician for the baby’s check-up, if your baby often hits his or her head for long spans of time. Do not ignore your baby’s head banging.
3. Arching the Back
The arching of back by the babies is due to their reaction to pain or uneasiness. In most cases, babies arch their back when they are suffering from heartburn. Try and help your baby to relax. If the baby arches his or her back in the middle of a feeding session, it could be a sign of reflux. Avoid stressing on feeding and make the baby comfortable if he or she cries or spits up.
4. Grabbing Ears
Babies grab their ears to express the innocent joy of discovering their ears. They might also pull their ears when they are teething. A baby might be suffering from an ear infection if he or she cries while grabbing their ears. You can join your baby in their quest to locate their ears. Help your baby in making them comfortable when they are teething and check with the baby’s pediatrician if they are suffering from an ear infection.
5. Arm Jerks
Arm jerks by the baby are a sign of alertness and their reaction to their environment. A newborn baby will usually thrash arms when he or she experiences a bright light or hears a sudden noise. Babies may also jerk their arms in case you put them on the floor and they feel a sudden loss of support. Arm jerks are a standard and normal baby reflex and disappear after the baby turns four months of age. Swaddle your baby when putting them to sleep as it will provide your baby enough support and keep them from jerking their arms.
6. Clenched Fists
A clenched fist is a regular movement that is made by the babies. However, a clenched fist might also signal stress or hunger. Babies upon being hungry clench their fists and become tense. You might want to feed your baby if they are clenching their fist and are hungry. It is wise to check with a doctor if the baby develops a habit of clenching fists persistently after he or she has turned three months of age.
7. Scrunching Up Knees
When a baby scrunches up his or her knees, it is generally a sign of digestive discomfort. A baby may tend to scrunch up their knees in reaction to sufferance from constipation, gas, or uneasy bowel movements. Try to help the baby in easing up. Help them to burp if they are scrunching up their knees due to gas. Avoid eating foods that cause gas if you are nursing your baby. Check with the doctor if the baby is suffering from constipation.
We hope that this article was of some help to you. In a few months, your child’s body language will get replaced by simple words and phrases and you can only hope to decipher them as well as you did their body language.