Read Your Baby's Body Language

Honig, Alice Sterling
September 2004
Scholastic Parent & Child;Sep2004, Vol. 12 Issue 1, p25
The article focuses on the baby's body language. Evolution has provided babies with wonderful ways to get the loving attention and care that they need from parents. Baby's cry is her most primitive and powerful tool. When she cries from distress, parents know to nurse her, change her diaper, or have a cuddle. By the time she is 2 or 3 months old, however, she has a new nonverbal gesture that is just as powerful: a dazzling smile or crooked grin that melts heart of parents and brings great joy to them. Here are a few other nonverbal tools baby has crafted to help her communicate her feelings. A human baby also uses clutching to feel safe and secure. She might have the tendency to tug on parents' hair or touch their neck. While nursing, she curls a tiny hand around parents' finger to feel the security of their presence.


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