Can I figure out what my baby needs from its crying?
According to Dunstan Baby Language, the sound used before hysterical baby crying gives information on what the baby needs. The Dunstan website claims there is scientific research on this, but the wikipedia article denies it. From the Wikipedia article linked above:
Between 0–3 months, infants make what Dunstan calls sound reflexes...There are other reflexes that all babies experience, and when sound is added to these, a distinct, preemptive "cry" will occur before the infant breaks into what Dunstan calls the hysterical cry. Dunstan claims that these preemptive cries can indicate what the infant requires (e.g., food, comfort, sleep, etc.), and they escalate to the hysterical cry if they are not answered.
Can I really figure out what my baby needs by the nature of its crying? Are there ways of figuring out what my baby needs by the phonemes emitted before/during crying?