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Dunstan Baby Language : does It Work for Your Baby?

>> Dec 3, 2009

Until now I’m still curious with Dunstan Baby Language. There’s a controversy over it, so, I want to prove it with my own baby. But since I still haven’t one, I just keep my curiosity. I knew Dunstan Baby Language for the first time in Oprah Winfrey Show several years ago; at that time Priscilla Dunstan stated her hypothesis. I remembered that she made a demonstration to some babies; and her system seemed working successfully. Everyone there were astonished, including Oprah (and me).


Dunstan Baby Language products were sold well at that time. But then, it turned out that there were many complaints refered to Dunstan system. Many parents mentioned that Dunstan Baby Language didn’t work to their babies. Why was it still called hypothesis? Because Dunstan Baby Language hasn’t been scientifically validated (until now?).

For you that has forgotten with or still hasn’t yet known this Dunstan hypothesis, I’ll mention here a brief of it that I quote from wikipedia.

Dunstan's claims
Between 0-3 months, infants make what Dunstan calls sound reflexes. According to Dunstan, the five universal words (or sound reflexes) used by infants are:

1. Neh
I'm hungry
- An infant uses the sound reflex "Neh" to communicate its hunger. The sound is produced when the sucking reflex is triggered, and the tongue is pushed up on the roof of the mouth.

2. Owh
I'm sleepy -
An infant uses the sound reflex "Owh" to communicate that they are tired. The sound is produced much like an audible yawn.

3. Heh
I'm experiencing discomfort
- An infant uses the sound reflex "Heh" to communicate stress, discomfort, or perhaps that it needs a fresh diaper. The sound is produced by a response to a skin reflex, such as feeling sweat or itchiness in the bum.

4. Eairh
I have lower gas
- An infant uses the sound reflex "Eairh" to communicate they have flatulence or an upset stomach. The sound is produced when trapped air from a belch that is unable to release and travels to the stomach where the muscles of the intestine tighten to force the air bubble out. Often, this sound will indicate that a bowel movement is in progress, and the infant will bend its knees, bringing the legs toward the torso. This leg movement assists in the ongoing process.

5. Eh
I have gas
- An infant uses the sound reflex "Eh" to communicate that it needs to be burped. The sound is produced when a large bubble of trapped air is caught in the chest, and the reflex is trying to release this out of the mouth.

It’s a natural way for every baby to express their physical needs. These are the baby’s first communications, which occur before actual crying develops. Ex : the sooner the ‘word’ for hunger is identified, the sooner a parent can respond by feeding. It’s resulting in less crying and less discomfort for the baby and the parents…

If you’re still interested, I share the download link of Dunstan Baby Language DVD.
The Dunstan System will teach you how to tune your ear to the 5 ‘words’. You will also view Priscilla Dunstan in a ‘live lesson’.

To everyone that has ever experienced with Dunstan System; I hope you can help me to answer my question, “Does Dunstan Baby Language Work for Your Baby?”

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