Responsible parenting and leadership are a start. In between reaching for the sky (Toy Story rocks).

Screw the darkness. I prefer the lightness of Pop.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

The B syndrome: What the heck do we do again?

Baby B's about a month away from being born and Amy's been reading a whole bunch of pregnancy/baby books and magazines for the past few months in preparation. Some I've checked out; she's bookmarked sections for me to read and there have been some great articles in Parenting and Mothering.

I've been sticking with my fatherhood for dummies books and other sites like DadLabs (where I just watched how to install a car seat), Fatherhood, Daddy Dialectic, Rebel Dad, Building Camelot, The Art of Manliness (great post for dads here) and others.

One recent resource that stands out is what we watched yesterday. Amy ordered the Dunstan Baby Language DVD a couple of weeks ago and it's some very cool stuff. Based on 8 years of research:

The Dunstan Baby Language teaches you to hear exactly what your baby is communicating. As a parent, you will be able to interpret your infant's sounds and cries – and respond to their needs quickly and effectively.

Every newborn communicates from birth to 3 months uses 5 distinct sounds that signal hunger, tiredness, need to burp, lower wind/gas and discomfort. This is regardless of the language their parents speak. It is not a learned language. Rather, it is a natural way for every baby to express their physical needs.

For example, if the baby squeaks out the word "neh", then the baby is hungry. "Owh" means he/she needs to go to sleep. "Eairh" means he/she has lower wind pain (sigh…I still use that word myself unfortunately).

We'll let you know if it works for us!

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