It’s the middle of the night; your newborn starts screaming. Although you have hardly slept at all this week, you wake up to feed the baby. Even after you have fed the little one, she doesn’t calm down. Now wouldn’t it be nice if you could figure out what the baby wants?
Well, it turns out you can. You remember the time when Oprah was still on TV, “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” Around 2006, she had a guest on, Priscilla Dunstan, who could decipher baby talk. Everyone was skeptical at first, once she broke down the sounds we have been hearing. It didn’t seem so absurd at all.
You must be thinking this is preposterous; babies don’t talk. Well, it turns out babies all have universal language consisting of only five words. Ever since Priscilla became a mother, she put her phonographic memory to the test. She studied thousands of babies for eight years. After this, thorough research she spotted the similarities in the sounds babies made before reaching full-blown cries. The sounds Priscella came across were:
- neh = I’m hungry, listen for the ‘n.’
- owh = I’m sleepy, look for the ‘o’ shape of the mouth
- eh = I need to burp, look and listen for the chest tightening
- eairh = I have gas, listen for a distressed sound
- heh = I’m uncomfortable; listen for the ‘h.’
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