Questions & Answers
Got some Q’s? Here’s some A’s.
Answers to some common questions about DBL:
Here are some of the more frequently asked questions we receive relating to learning the System. If after reviewing the FAQs you still have a question please email us.
- Do babies really use language?
- Is DBL difficult to learn?
- Will it help my baby sleep better?
- Will my baby make all the sounds everyday?
- Does the Baby Language work for babies older than 4 months?
- Are the settling techniques shown the ones I should use?
- I’m from a non-English speaking background; will the Baby Language work for my baby?
- Can fathers learn it too?
- Does DBL work with premature babies?
Do babies really use language?
Babies use sound and gestures to communicate their basic needs.
These sounds are not random. They are produced by their body in response to a physical need. If these needs are not met or are ignored, cries may become louder and babies become more upset.
These sounds or ‘words’ form the basis of what we have called the Dunstan Baby Language.
Is the DBL difficult to learn?
Not at all, this is not like trying to learn a foreign language. Once you have tuned your ear and are familiar with the sounds your baby makes, you will begin to understand your infant’s cries. The Dunstan Baby Language is simply about knowing what to listen for within your baby’s sounds and cries to determine what they need, so that you are able to respond appropriately.
Will this help my baby sleep better?
When your infant is happy and content you will find they will sleep better. Settling a tired baby is much easier than a baby who is wide awake or one that has become over tired. By understanding the sounds and acting when your baby is ‘saying’ the tired word, you will be able to settle him/her faster and establish a routine more easily.
Will my baby doesn’t make all the sounds everyday?
Remember that your baby is expressing its needs through sound, so you will only hear those ‘words’ of the needs that are to be met. You will therefore find that those ‘words’ that indicate what your baby requires will be the ones that occur more frequently, i.e. if sleeping is an issue then the sleep word will occur more often.
Does the DBL work for babies older than 4 months?
Research has shown that the DBL is most successful for babies between birth and four months. This is because it’s based on reflexes, and these reflexes ‘switch off’ at around this stage. Some babies however, will continue to say some of the ‘words’ past three months of age.
Are the settling techniques shown the ones I should use?
The settling techniques on the DVDs are some of the more popular ones used. They are included to give you some ideas of what to do once you have recognized your baby’s need. Always do what you feel is best for your baby. If you are having difficulties or need more help with settling techniques please consult a professional.
I’m from a non-English speaking background; will the Baby Language work for my baby?
The Baby Language is a universal system of communication that is based on reflexes. It is innate rather than learned. So in the same way a laugh, sneeze or hiccup is a sound shared by us all, the sounds your baby makes are also universal and not dependent on a specific culture, accent or race. As such it has none of the problems typically associated with learning an adult language.
Can fathers learn it too?
Yes, fathers can learn the Baby Language and in fact DBL equips them with powerful knowledge to have greater paternal involvement with their newborn. Couples that have learnt the System together report a greater sense of esteem in caring for their baby and reduced stress in the family home. The Baby Language can also be learned by grandparents, siblings, and other caregivers.
Does the System work with premature babies?
Our research to date has not included preterm babies however, we continually receive feedback from mothers of preterm infants reporting the DBL DVD to be an enormous benefit with their child.