Calm the Crying: The Secret Baby Language That Reveals the Hidden Meaning Behind an Infant's Cry

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One of the world?s foremost parenting experts offers a revolutionary guide for translating a crying baby?s urgent messages. Like many new parents, Priscilla Dunstan was at her wit?s end trying to ease the crying of her colicky infant son. Then she made a startling discovery: His sounds varied according to his needs, and she could decipher their meaning by tracking the sound as a physical reflex. Unlike learned languages, Dunstan soon realized, every newborn from birth to three months possesses a natural, ...

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Overview

One of the world’s foremost parenting experts offers a revolutionary guide for translating a crying baby’s urgent messages. Like many new parents, Priscilla Dunstan was at her wit’s end trying to ease the crying of her colicky infant son. Then she made a startling discovery: His sounds varied according to his needs, and she could decipher their meaning by tracking the sound as a physical reflex. Unlike learned languages, Dunstan soon realized, every newborn from birth to three months possesses a natural, reflexive communication system for signaling hunger, tiredness, the need to burp, lower gas, and general discomfort. Thirteen years of research culminated in the Dunstan Baby Language, now made available to all caregivers in Calm the Crying.  Helping readers learn to recognize and respond to exactly what their baby needs, Dunstan’s remarkable program covers ten sounds in total that can be identified and used to calm a baby. Brimming with diagrams and photographs, Calm the Crying reduces the frustration of wasted time spent addressing the wrong needs. A baby’s cries are a powerful form of communication—now made even more powerful because the message can be understood loud and clear.

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It all began with the plaintive cry of her infant son. The chance realization that Australian mom Priscilla Dunstan made that day became the inspiration for thirteen years of dedicated research in a baby language that precedes the first spoken words. Calm The Crying shares the fruits of that research, enabling parents to decipher the natural infant sounds that signify hunger, sleepiness, the need to burp, gas or bloating, and general discomfort. Illustrated by diagrams and photographs, this trade paperback and NOOK Book original cannot only calm your baby; it will aid your sleep.

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Dunstan, who has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, amongst other highly visible media outlets, claims that her eponymous baby language will teach parents to "hear, understand, and know exactly what [their] baby needs and how to attend to those needs quickly and effectively." The author, who had a colicky son herself, studied classical and operatic singing and claims to hear more than most people and to have exceptional pattern-recognition skills. She describes 18 "words" that she says are a universal baby language: Neh means I'm hungry, Eairh means I'm gassy, Gen means I'm teething, and so on. Her research has never been validated, however, and while she seems to appreciate the scientific method, she is forced to use terms like "control type situation" to give credence to her technique, which is mostly aimed at parents of infants under 12 weeks. VERDICT Desperate parents will try anything to soothe a crying baby, and who can blame them? There are definitely distinct infant cries for different needs, but claims to have deciphered their cryptic mysteries are a bit much. Nonetheless, this title may get some media play, so libraries might consider purchase from a circulation perspective.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781583334690
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 10/2/2012
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 540,315
  • Product dimensions: 6.11 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Priscilla Dunstan founded her internationally acclaimed parenting and family clinic, the Priscilla Dunstan Research Center in Sydney. Her research has been widely featured in the media, from The Oprah Winfrey Show to Today. Also the author of Child Sense, she now lives in the United States with her son and continues to do research worldwide.

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Table of Contents

Foreword xi

Preface: The Secret Language of Babies 1

Acknowledgments 13

Introduction: The How and Why of Your Baby's Cries 15

Part 1 newborn words

Chapter 1 "neh": "i'm hungry" 29

Chapter 2 "owh": "i'm tired" 33

Chapter 3 "eh": "i need to burp" 36

Chapter 4 "neh" solutions 40

Chapter 5 "owh" solutions 67

Chapter 6 "eh" solutions 86

Part 2 6-week words

Chapter 7 "eairh": "i have gas" 103

Chapter 8 "heh" (and variations): "i'm uncomfortable" 107

Chapter 9 "eairh" solutions 112

Chapter 10 "heh" solutions 128

Part 3 12-week words

Chapter 11 "gen": "i'm teething" 149

Chapter 12 "lowel": "i'm lonely" 154

Chapter 13 "nuh": "i'm thirsty" 159

Chapter 14 "augh": "i'm overwhelmed" 162

Chapter 15 "gen" solutions 167

Chapter 16 "lowel" solutions 174

Chapter 17 "nuh" solutions 182

Chapter 18 "augh" solutions 191

Conclusion 203

The Words Chart 205

Afterword 207

Index 219

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2013

    A life changer/saver!!!

    A must for anyone caring for or interacting with a baby.

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    Calm The Crying is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom’s Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS’s Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling Author and; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. Parents and educators look for the Mom’s Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.

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