What is in a baby’s growl?
Try not to be too alarmed should you hear your baby growl. A growl could be your baby’s first attempts at communication with you. Listen to your baby and have some fun trying to decipher what it is your baby is trying to communicate to you. Growls can sound a little like babbling at times. I have witnessed babies growling as they let us know they are hungry. I have giggled at a baby growling as she plays with a toy. I have even listened to a baby growls in response to me giving raspberries on his stomach. Growls can mean many different things.
A strange noise coming from the baby.
You are anxious and ecstatic to be caring for a precious new life. Then one day, that precious new life is making noises you have not heard before. You wonder to yourself, why? A baby growl comes from his / her throat, and while it may not be as common as a baby cry or even babble, it is not unheard of. Growls are another milestone in the life of a baby so be sure to get your baby book out, your camera ready, and document that first baby growl.
Timing the growl.
Growls from a baby generally will start around 4-6 months. Most of the time, a baby growl is nothing to be alarmed of. In some cases, a growl from a baby may be involuntary, especially at the beginning of their growling phase. Babies enter this world with certain gifts. It seems they come with deep knowledge on how to cry. They learn quickly how to feed, so; it only makes sense that a good growl could be learned shortly after.
Should you find yourself with a baby who growls, here is a tip.
Learn to love your baby’s growl.
Enjoy your growling baby. Babies are precious gifts, and each new thing your baby learns is a present for you to enjoy. Try imitating the growl and see if your baby responds to you. Get down on their level by laying on the floor for someone on one tummy time or curl up onto a bed bringing your baby close to you just to learn from each other. You may find this is a way for you and your baby to have your secret conversation. You and baby will enjoy these loving moments, and you both will grow closer every day.
Understand the growl.
Investigate the meaning of the growl: As I previously mentioned, a baby’s growl could mean your baby is trying to communicate a need to you. You can answer the growl by rubbing the baby’s belly. Maybe the baby wants some belly love. You can also try giving your baby a little bit of food. Could this baby growl mean the baby is hungry? You can always offer something until the answer reveals itself. A hungry baby will find a way to communicate his need for you to feed him either food (if he can eat foods at this point) or a bottle- or breastfeeding time. Whatever it may be that you do for your baby to keep them with a full, happy belly. A baby growl may be his way of letting you know that it is mealtime!
Put some music on for the growler!
Play some music: Babies are very clever and full of energy. A baby growl could be your baby exercising her lungs and attempting a favorite song she has heard before. You can play some music, dance, or just move around to the music. Baby will love all this attention and exercise.
You will be helping your baby learn all about the wonderful world of singing, dancing, movement, and music. This baby growl could be saying, “I want to sing.” Start with a lullaby or play a favorite song you think your baby will enjoy. You can play music almost anywhere. If you cannot play music on your phone or through your tv, then try a radio.
If all else fails, sing your beautiful made-up song that your baby is sure to love and growl too. Babies generally love music. One of my favorite songs to sing to baby is my made-up version of the ever-popular “Daddy Shark” song. We replace the names of generic family members (mommy, daddy, sister) with our family’s actual names. For example, we sing, “Maggie shark do do0 do d00”.
Maybe your baby is growling about their diaper.
Check your baby’s diaper. Have you checked your baby’s diaper lately? Is it possible that the baby needs to be changed? Could your babies growl have anything to do with your baby being uncomfortable in a messy diaper? Babies communicate in different ways.
Being unique is what makes your baby different from all other babies. Remember, every baby finds their voice and their unique way of communicating with you. It is up to you to figure out what your baby is trying to tell you. Being in a dirty diaper will make the happiest of babies unhappy in a matter of just a few minutes.
No one wants to be playing, sitting up, or lying on their backs with a loaded diaper. You might have just discovered what a miserable growl sounds like. Now, go check that diaper and see to it that baby is clean and fresh!
Don’t worry much about it.
Try not to get upset and drown yourself with worry if you hear your baby growl. Every baby finds its way to communicate. I have read stories from parents who felt having a baby who growls meant their baby was autistic. I try not to think this way. If your gut tells you that there is something wrong with your baby, call your babies doctor. Your babies’ doctor will have the best professional advice for you. He or she will be able to guide you on what you should do next