How to understand what baby is trying to communicate.
- Recognise what babies are trying to communicate to us.
- Be able to respond positively.
Discuss ways babies communicate
Together with the participants, read Tākai Whakatipu, Te Pihinga booklet 1, page 6, ‘Pēpi says’.
- What would your babies say if they could talk, like our Whakatipu pēpi does?
- Do you recognise the messages?
- What happens when pēpi is not settled?
- How do they tell you things are not OK?
- What about when pēpi is happy and settled – how do they tell you everything’s alright?
Now read Te Pihinga booklet 1, pages 24 and 25, ‘Pēpi says’ together. At 4 to 6 months, pēpi has better body control, but adults still need to be pretty clever to understand what pēpi is telling us.
- What might pēpi do to get attention?
- How does pēpi show they enjoy interacting with their whānau?