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BabyCues™ Information Page

BabyCues™ A Child's First Language helps parents, grandparents and other caregivers become more "tuned in" to their baby or young child's feelings and needs by learning to read and respond to their child's behavioral cues. By recognizing and responding to a child’s behavioral cues, parents and other caregivers can develop sensitive, responsive relationships with the children in their life. They can learn when their child is ready to interact and play, when they need to be reassured, or when they need a break from an activity. This in turn builds trust and sets the stage for language and other development.

  • How can I tell my baby is ready to play and interact?
  • How do I know my child needs a break from an activity?
  • What combination of cues might tell me my baby is hungry?
  • How can I readily respond to cues to help prevent tantrums?
  • How can I tell my infant is full? 

Learning to read a child's cues can help caregivers respond more sensitively by answering such questions as:

BabyCues™ A Child's First Language Cards is an informative set of 59 cards, including 52 colored photo cards that illustrate and explain behavioral cues commonly seen in infants and young children, plus a fold-out instructional booklet and seven sorting cards. Each card includes a different photo with an explanation on the back explaining the type of cue and what your baby may be telling you. 

When parents and caregivers respond to their baby's cues in positive and sensitive ways, babies learn that they can trust the special adults in their life; this helps them feel safe and secure. When infants send a cue that is appropriately responded to most of the time, they learn something very important: that they are effective and competent communicators and that their caregiver is predictable and caring. This knowledge becomes a core part of how they see themselves in the world.

The BabyCues DVD is a 20 minute video which illustrates baby cues and also shows clustering of cues, states of arousal, hunger and satiation cues, and more. The BabyCues Cards and DVD were designed for use in the home, in a clinical setting, or as a teaching tool in the classroom. Practicing with the cards can help parents and other caregivers gain confidence, improve their caregiving skills, and ultimately enhance the relationship with the baby or young child in their life.


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