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22 gestures that will help you get to know your newborn baby better


The moment when parents hold their child in their arms is indescribable: it is the beginning of a wonderful adventure! Also from a stage full of doubts and uncertainties. With us we have a baby with whom we have an unbreakable bond, but about whom we know nothing. Know these 22 gestures of a newborn It will make you connect more with him.

When our expected baby finally arrives, we realize that their way of communicating is a challenge for any mom and dad, especially if we are new. Newborn babies can only communicate through their gestures, their cries, their sounds and the way they manage to move, because they are still exploring the world and their motor skills and nervous system are not yet fully developed.

For all this, it is super important to know some of the basic gestures that most babies do, since this way we can better understand our little one and, above all, not to be scared when we do not understand any of them. Of course, being informed also helps us to be able to detect possible problems in our baby and take care of him from the first moment he comes into our lives with basic actions such as bathing or feeding, according to the Spanish Association of Pediatrics.

If there is something that puzzles a father or a mother, it is the crying of their child. They know that if the child cries, something is wrong. But how to decipher these tears? Take note!

1. Regular and rhythmic crying
According to the studies of Peter H. Wolff, researcher and professor in psychiatry at Harvard University, this type of crying indicates that the baby is hungry. It begins with a slight cry, a short pause, and then a succession of alternately succeeding crying and inspiration.

2. More intense crying
When a baby gets angry, they usually cry similar to hunger, but with more intensity. They are louder cries because the baby expels much more air when crying.

3. Crying in pain
The previous complaints of the two previous cries are not emitted, and the baby cries suddenly. Also, after crying, he usually holds his breath.

4. Call for attention or frustration
According to Wolff, this type of crying occurs from the third week of life. It differs because it is made up of two or three whimpers or whimpers, after which there is no holding of breath.

Reflexes in babies are normal, so no worries. Many of them are responses to stimulation and are symptoms that the nervous system is working well. They tend to disappear with the passage of time. Do you want to know which are the most common in newborns?

5. Search reflection
If you let his little nose smell your nipple and your baby is hungry, he will automatically open his mouth to catch the areola and begin to suck milk naturally (sucking reflex).

6. Moro reflex
The baby opens his arms when he feels that he is falling backwards or because of a loud and unexpected noise. It is one of the first reflexes that pediatricians look for in newborn babies to rule out neurological problems.

7. Plantar grasp reflex
If you put a finger on your baby's hand or foot, he will instinctively put pressure on it.

8. Automatic gear reflex
When the pediatrician places the baby upright on a flat surface, he involuntarily begins to kick similar to the steps. It is recommended that the verification of this reflex be done by a pediatric professional and not force this reflex at home.

9. Babinski reflex
When you stroke the back of the foot upward, your baby will stretch out his foot and spread his toes out.

But not only through the screams and cries of the newborn can you get to know how the little one is. Sleep, your body movements, your eyes and even your stools can give us clues about your mood.

10. Strong breathing
Your baby will breathe only through the nose, between 40 and 60 breaths per minute. In addition, you may have periods when you stop breathing for 5 to 15 seconds and your breathing will not be rhythmic. If your breathing exceeds 60 breaths per minute or stops breathing for intervals of more than 20 seconds, you should see your pediatrician. Also, if you snore loudly, it may mean you have a cold and a blocked airway. If not, you could have a sleep disorder, so you should see your pediatrician.

11. Spasms during sleep
Most newborn babies tend to have spasms while they sleep which can be very scary for new parents. It is a basic response to immaturity of the motor system in babies. They are considered normal if they do not last more than 20 seconds, and they usually disappear by 3 months of age.

12. Eye movement towards nearby objects
Newborn babies can only see from about 12 inches away, so they often move their eyes toward those colors and objects that are closest to them. Therefore, if you move closer to his face, your baby will stare at you.

13. Movement of the neck towards your teat
Although newborn babies do not have muscle control of their neck, they tend to reflexively move the neck when they are close to the breast.

14. Sunken head
If you notice that your baby has a slightly sunken head or forehead, it is a sign of dehydration. You should give him a teat or bottle immediately (depending on his diet), and if it persists, go to the pediatrician immediately.

15. Rubbing eyes or ears
Generally, when a baby is sleepy they usually emit a small cry and generate yawns, but they can also rub their eyes and ears. This means that your time for a good night's sleep has come.

16. Leg and arm shakings
It is also often accompanied by crying, as it is the way babies communicate with the people around them. It usually means that they need a diaper change, or that they are hot or cold, so they need a change of clothes.

17. Arch your back
When babies younger than 2 months arch their back it can mean a number of things. In general, it is usually a response to some type of pain or the famous colic. If they arch their back while eating, it means they have reflux. When they do it after eating, they are full. And after two months of life, it can mean that you are tired or in a bad mood.

18. Grab his ears
Actually, this gesture is usually a way in which the baby explores his body, but if he cries after holding his ears tightly, then it is important to go to the pediatrician, since he may have a problem associated with his ears.

19. Clenching the fist or fists
When your baby does this, he is telling you I'm hungry! When you are not feeling hungry, your little hands will be relaxed and open.

20. Raise your legs
Babies often lift their legs to help themselves overcome the colic typical of the first months of life.

21. Hiccup
Although many new parents are scared of the newborn hiccup, it is actually very common, and it does not make the baby uncomfortable. Hiccups occur because the nervous system is still immature and the diaphragm is easily irritated.

21. Color of your baby's poop
It is not a gesture as such, but it is important that you know what the color of your baby's poop should be. The first stool, called meconium, will be dark green or black, something like the color of tar. Later, if your baby is breastfed, he will make mustard-colored or greenish runny poops. If your baby is formula-fed, the color of his poops should be yellowish-brown, greenish-brown, light brown, or dark green.

These are some of the gestures of newborns that we think are more important to know, But you should also know that little by little you will get to know your baby and you will be able to better understand the meaning of each of his gestures and sounds.

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