I’ve been teaching the Baby Language since 2006. And in that time, we’ve helped tens of thousands of parents learn to listen closely, and effectively to their baby’s natural, reflex language with our parenting classes.
As well as our network of global trainers, we have developed a comprehensive suite of online courses and products that parents can access so they can quickly and easily learn the Baby Language. Beginning the journey of taking control of their parenting life the same day.
We launched all the way back in 2006 on the Oprah show with just a DVD. I’m incredibly proud of the parenting classes and resources we’ve created since then. And we’re always looking at improving them to make them more useful, more practical, and answer more questions that parents might have.
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DUNSTAN BABY LANGUAGE
Do babies really use language?
Babies use sound and gestures to communicate their basic needs.
Priscilla Dunstan was the first to discover that these sounds are not random. Once the sounds themselves were identified, further research revealed that they are actually reflex responses to the 5 basic physical needs that a newborn experiences: hunger, tiredness, wind, gassy and discomfort.
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 Baby Language 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 trick is to learn how to hear the word through your own baby’s particular ‘accent’. This is why our parenting classes have dozens upon dozens of video examples of babies making each cry. Through a series of practice exercises, you’ll develop the skills to become an expert baby listener in no time.
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 your baby 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 cry during this program?
Crying is the way babies communicate. The trick is to minimise crying by responding quickly to their needs. That’s what stops a cry turning into a scream.
Our parenting classes aim to minimise crying and make the process as effective and as smooth as possible.
I urge participants in the program to pay particular attention to the steps I give them as this increases the effectiveness of the program which has been designed purposefully.
In my experience, the more parents try to overplay a role and ‘fix’ their baby’s crying and steer away from the guidelines, the worse the crying will be and the messier the settle is. When sticking to the guidelines however, parents are typically noticing significant reduction in crying by day three.
Once babies have finished the program they are happier and more content.
Will my baby make all the sounds everyday?
Remember 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.
Is the system effective?
The parenting classes are super effective. There are so many different elements factored in and we look at everything as a whole, including feeding, sleeping, days, nights, plus what to do during awake periods.
Are the settling techniques shown the ones I should use?
The settling techniques in the course 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.
What’s different about this program?
There are some key differences when it comes to the Dunstan Baby Language. We are the pioneers of responsive parenting classes, of which there are many imitators.
But being the originators of the field, we know we have more experience, and have more rigorously tested the techniques both in the field, as well as at the academic level.
Is this a ‘cry it out’ or ‘extinction process’?
Far from it.
These are the most loving, responsive and gentle parenting classes you can possibly find. Everything we do works to minimise crying and get on top of making change happen as quickly as possible. There is no extinction method recommended throughout the system.
How consistent do I need to be?
Consistency is the key. The more that you are consistent with this program, the sooner the results will come about.
Inconsistency is confusing for your baby, and it will equate to a harder struggle as you try together with your baby to settle on a comfortable routine that works for both of you.
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. 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. You will soon be understanding your baby no matter what your cultural background.
Can fathers learn it too?
Yes, fathers can learn the Baby Language. 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. You’ll find that understanding your baby helps strengthen your relationship.
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 Dunstan Baby Language to be an enormous benefit with their child.
“I remember tears coming to my eyes and thinking ‘Thank God someone has told me about this'”
HEAR OUR STUDENTS
Millions of grateful parents all over the world have benefitted from the Dunstan Baby Language. Our parenting classes will teach you how to interpret your baby’s needs through their sounds and cries, allowing you to take part in their universal language and share in the joy of listening and understanding.
“I felt so much more confident that I could meet his needs. It empowers you to be the best parent you can be”
Love this! It’s brilliant. Very helpful, especially if you’re new to the world of babies. I’m just surprised that you don’t hear more about it. Babies are trying to communicate with us.
Jan 24, 2020
She is spot on!!!!! A few years later (dec 2016) I had our baby girl and used it the very first night she came home. This has made my first week as a first time mom unbelievably easier. I HIGHLY recommend this to anyone who wants to understand the sounds their baby makes. You can definitely tell the different sounds they make and figure out what they need. This has saved me so much this first week. I can’t rave about this enough!!!
Angela Speck, USA.
Jan 31, 2016
“We looked at each other and said ‘We know that cry! Is that what it means?!’“
My baby is 17 days old and I have been using this technique successfully from day one! Knowing what my newborn’s cries mean right off the bat not only meant my little guy has never had to cry for more than 2 minutes (except for a few gassy episodes where it took a while to burp him), but it has given me wonderful confidence as a new mom!
Angelica D, USA.
A must have for expectant parents. This course teaches you what the first sounds your baby makes really means, with strategies for calming baby too. It was truly a God send for us with our first child. Being able to take care of her needs immediately made things so much easier. It still remains a game for us when we hear other babies crying. We try and recognize which sound they are making and what they might need. It makes a great baby shower gift as well.