Learning How to Communicate an Infant's Needs

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Learning how to communicate an infant's needs is an important step in the developing relationship between you and your child. Learn about how to communicate an infant's needs with help from a family therapist and child development specialist in this free video clip.

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Hello, I'm Dr. Cindy Bunin with Drcindybunin.com. Today, I'm here to talk about how to communicate with your new baby and how to understand what your baby is trying to tell you. It's usually very confusing for many parents because the baby is crying and they don't know what to do. First of all, babies don't cry to annoy you, to manipulate you or anything. They cry because they're trying to communicate something to you. There are three things that they are trying to communicate to you. They're either tired, hungry or they're uncomfortable. Those are the three basic things the baby needs and for you to meet their needs. So how do you recognize and know what to do when your baby is crying? Well believe it or not your baby's face is very expressive. When your baby has little wrinkle lines it's probably that they're uncomfortable and they can be uncomfortable due to temperature change, being in pain, they're diaper is wet, those are usually basic reasons and you'll get to know you can check them. The other thing is when babies start to kick their legs, they may have a tummy ache so you know what that's about so don't worry about that. Just be sure to meet your baby's needs when they cry. The other thing is when they fist their hands like this it usually means that they're hungry so look for those kinds of signs. Don't worry you'll be able to take care of your baby. It's very simple, just be sure to watch their body language, listen to their cries, you will learn them and you're going to be a great parent, don't worry about it, enjoy. This is Dr. Cindy Bunin with Drcindybunin.com for eHow. Thank you so much for watching.

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