Understanding the reasons why pēpi cries.

Learning goals

  • Recognise what babies are trying to communicate to us.
  • Be able to respond positively.

Talk about the reasons why pēpi cries

Read Tākai Whakatipu booklet Te Pihinga 1, pages 8 and 9, and discuss as a group.

Talk a little about some of the reasons why pēpi might cry. Read the suggestions on things to try, and ask the participants:

  • Have you used these ideas?
  • What else might you do when pēpi is crying and crying?
  • Why do you think pēpi might be soothed by being held and walked around with?

And what about when you’re starting to ‘lose it’ – what do you do?

  • Got any good ideas to share?

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