Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Re Learning Baby Talk....

As it has been over three years since our last new born, we are re-learning the newborn baby experience. You of course have to deal with the possibility of a midnight yell for food or something else. Some kids must be held others are quiet and sleep well. There is a new theory that is getting a lot of media attention and it's fairly interesting. The basic concept is that newborn babies have their own unique vocabulary that is universal regardless of where they live. While others are a bit skeptical as to how accurate this science it remains a solid possibility. Here are some words that are thought to be new born language:

Neh= I'm Hungry

Owh= I'm sleepy

Eairh=I have lower gas

Eh= I need to burp

Even if it's not entirly accurate it's good entertainment....


Bagel Blogger said...

I saw a documentary on this on Australian Television.

To me the evidence presented, its methodology and especially its presentation by the woman concerned, that presented it, seem to lack any real scientific method.

That's not to denounce the theory, but again it seemed to be more driven by a intent to profit rather than any real academic understanding.

Priscilla Dunstan seemed to lack some insight into actually raising children, I don't know if she has raised children or not, but she made some rather gross generalisations that life experience would tell you otherwise.

In a positive note, her stated intended aim of 'communicating, understanding babies, has a beneficial effect in that parents will try to be more responsive and open to what babies actually want or need.

Yet, despite my reservations with her 'Walmart driven theory', I do believe there are sounds which may be universal in 'nature'. Not so much from an auditory perspective but rather from a meaning perspective.

I agreed with the 'Eairh' lower gas noise and its rationalisation of being a focused sound from lower wind pains.

I suspect that each baby has sounds that bare a slight resemblance to a 'common basis', from this each baby and their mother adapt to both making these sounds and hearing them.

JBM, I hope you hear lots of soothing cooing sounds expecially at night.

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Jewish Blogmeister said...

Thanks for those kinds words.

a mother in israel said...

I don't have a newborn at the moment and have no way of knowing whether that woman is right or not. However, what counts is that we respond to the baby's cries of distress. When we do that we gradually learn how to comfort him/her in different situations.

Enjoy your new baby and sleep well!

Soccer Dad said...

We've been out of the newborn stage for 5 years now. I can't tell the difference of cries.

The only distinctive sound we recognize is the long drawn out groans she makes when she .... never mind (Funny thing is, I don't remember her older siblings being so loud.)