5. Social Graces
Hiccups, sneezes, coughs and yawns are all signals that the central nervous system gives to “Re Boot” itself. That means baby may be cold (a stressor) when she sneezes, or she may be reacting to too many people in the room with her (another stressor). The movement and noises of too many people can be overwhelming.
The grocery store is another place that sets many infants off. Strange noises and people, and the way sound echoes in huge spaces may be the culprit. Include restaurants as offering the same kind of stressors that may require soothing from you.
Cues that say baby is ready to talk, hold, and/or play with you!
• Baby looks at your face or turns her head to you.
• Baby’s eyes become wide and bright.
• Baby’s face brightens.
• Baby makes feeding, cooing or babbling sounds.
• Baby reaches out to you with arms.
• Baby circles arms and legs with smooth movements.