Mom claims there are nine different baby cries – and learning the meaning is ‘life-changing’

One mother has explained that there are nine distinct newborn cries, all based on human reflexes, and has encouraged parents to learn what each one means

Screenshot of Anna Shields holding her baby
A newborn’s cries are all based on human reflexes and are said to be very accurate

Although a newborn baby Screams may sound the same to outsiders, parents know their little ones have different sounds to tell them different things.

But according to mum Anna Shields, there are nine different types of crying – and she believes it’s important mums, dads and other carers know the difference between them.

Assume tick tock, Anna says becoming familiar with these cries can help you “know exactly what your newborn needs,” and claims that understanding them is “life-changing.”

Anna urges her followers to “trust her on this one,” says Anna, who’s screams reveal if your baby is hungry, sleepy, teething, unwell, thirsty or in need of company.

Other cries can warn you when your baby has a tummy ache, feels like something isn’t going right, or is burping.

Anna describes this knowledge as “life-changing”



Anna has encouraged other parents to learn about the different types of screams



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In a recent TikTok video, Anna explained, “If you have a newborn or are about to have one, be sure to watch this video. This is for you. […] Newborns have nine different types of screams based on human reflexes.”

As well as posting on TikTok under their username @annashieldssalso links them back to an article by FirstExplorers which features descriptions attached to audio snippets of each of the nine different screams.

According to this article, if a baby has to belch, its cry “Èh” will be “short and jerky” as its diaphragm lowers and the larynx closes.

Meanwhile, a hungry baby makes a “Neh” sound as its tongue sticks to the roof of its mouth.

With a sleepy baby making an “Aoh” sound, parents will see the mouth open wide while the tongue flattens and recedes.

When it comes to an uncomfortable baby—perhaps too hot, too cold, or in a position she doesn’t like—the soft B of the “héh” sound is “particularly recognizable.”

A sleepy baby’s mouth opens loudly when it cries



According to the same article, babies make a “quiet and sad” noise that sounds like “lelaol.”

Teething babies make the sound “guèn” accompanied by “salivation”.

Thirsty babies make a “near” sound when they cry, and their tongue detaches from their roof of the mouth.

Babies who feel like “nothing is going right” will tense up while making an “ouin” crying sound

Eventually, a baby with a sore tummy will make an “Éérh” sound, which will sound “hoarse, contracted, lengthened.”

Annas are impressed with the tip, which will no doubt be very helpful for those looking to soothe very young babies.

One person wrote: “As a newborn nanny, I teach my families these screams. I wish I had known that when my twins were born.”

Another said: “Thank you for that! I had my baby on Saturday and I feel like it will help so much!”

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