Baby Cues and Baby Body Language

Hi Mamas, Baby Cues and Baby Body Language will tell you how your baby is feeling and what are their needs are. Some cues will let you know your baby will want more interaction and others will let you know when your is hungry, full, overfed, and/or being sleepy.

What are Engagement Cues?

Engagement Cues are signals or body language that most babies use to show they want more. With their expressions or gestures, they are saying "I like this and I want more of it".

How does this look like?

  • Eyes become wide open and bright

  • Raises eyebrows

  • Eye contact with you

  • Hands reaching out to you

  • Babbles/Coos

  • Alert Face

  • Grasping onto your finger or an

  • object

  • Turns head, eyes, or body towards you

  • Opens hands and reaches out

  • Healthy pink color

  • Steady breathing

  • Smile

  • Hand-to-mouth activity, often

  • accompanied by sucking movements

  • Hands clasped together

  • Softly flexed posture (looks relaxed

How do I respond to these Cues?

  • Keep on doing what you're doing

  • Hold Your Baby

  • Do Some Tummy Time

  • Lay your baby on their back and watch how your baby will try moving his/her hands, legs, and body

  • Do Some Face to Face Interaction

  • Read a book together

  • Dance together

  • Listen to some music together

  • Put baby in front pack carrier and walk

  • around the house

  • Take your baby on a house tour

  • Look at photo albums together

  • Go outside with your baby

  • Sing A Song

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What are Disengagement Cues?

Disengagement Cues are signals or body language that means they don't like what is going around in their environment and/or they are getting stressed. In other words, they are saying I don't like this; please give me a break.

How does this look like?

  • Yawns

  • Kicks his/her legs

  • Waves his/her arms

  • Turns or moves away

  • Hiccups/ Sneezing

  • Turns Head Away

  • Arches Back

  • Looks Away

  • Face turns red

  • Fusses or cries

  • Gagging/spitting out

  • Frowning, grimacing

  • Irregular breathing

  • Falling Asleep

  • Stiff Posture

  • Agitated

  • Rubs Eyes

How do I respond to these Cues?

  • Hold Your Baby

  • Talk Softy to him/her

  • Let him/her hold your finger

  • Swaddle your Baby

  • Give baby Binkie, Pacifier, or even your own finger so he/she can soothe her/himself

  • Put baby in front pack carrier and walk around the house

What are the benefits of catching Baby Cues & Signals?

The benefits of catching Cues and Signals early are significant, allows babies to feel safe and be capable of getting their needs known. On-time interactions help babies to learn self-regulation, builds healthy attachment and trust between adult and child. When parents learn their baby cues; parents will feel confident and boost their self-esteem.

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