Mastering the art of “baby talk”

We’ve all been there.

You’ve just got on the plane, maybe taken that complimentary glass of chilled, white wine, pressed the recline button on your chair and slipped the eye mask on. And then it begins.

Cue hours of wailing/screaming/crying, a.k.a the loudest noises you’ve ever heard, and one sleepless flight.

Sometimes we just don’t understand what’s wrong.

According to research undertaken by anthropologists at Prague’s Charles University, (published in The Times) most parents misinterpret babies’ cries.

“While the adults reliably recognised the sounds of the babies playing or crying after a vaccination jab, they correctly identified sounds associated with isolation and a full stomach less than half the time. They were even worse at pin-pointing demands for food, which were often mistaken for cries of loneliness.”

“The researchers suggested that humans had a tendency to interpret babies’ cries as calls for help more often than not because of the potentially fatal consequences of ignoring a noise that might signal distress.”

Fear not, because SP has just published Dr David Lewis’ The Secret Language of Your Child, the essential handbook for all new parents, carers and nursery staff in its revelations of the body language and the behaviour of the under-fives.

Secret Language cover

Q: Ever thought about what your toddler is trying to say by tilting his head?

A: A backwards tilted head accompanies a relaxed play-face, and is seen during very friendly and uninhibited games. It’s never seen in hostile or neutral exchanges.

Q: What does it really mean when your baby smiles at you?

A: There are a range of different smiles;
– Compressed smiles, where the lips are drawn up as in a simple smile, but pressed tightly together. These smiles signal a repressed and slightly embarrassed mirth.

– Croissant smiles are mostly seen in babies. Here, the lips are pulled up at the edges with a small aperture formed in the centre.

Bet you did’t know that, eh?

Some praise for The Secret Language of Your Child:

“Do I think it’s well worth a read, with relevant points and ideas? Yes, and I can see this being even more beneficial to parents of younger children who cannot make themselves heard yet, or should I say that they can, we just don’t know what we’re listening for. It will change your perceptions, and I am now really looking forward to my next playgroup session with Little Man to look out for his social interactions and what some of the other children are ‘saying’.” – Top family blogger, Jocelyn from the Reading Residence 

“This book is so fascinating. It’s an easy read and definitely will make you look at your toddler in a different way….I would definitely recommend it.” – Top family blogger, Sharon from TeenTweenToddler

Sharon is also giving one lucky reader the chance to WIN a copy of The Secret Language of Your Child. Click here to enter!

“A useful guide to body talk – and baby talk” – Daily Mail

“An excellent book and, what is more, fun. Yet it is a book with a serious and important purpose.” – Psychology Today

Get your copy here.

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