How do deaf parents know when their babies are crying?
“I got you,” says deaf mom, influencer and Netflix series Deaf U forged member, Cheyenna Clearbrook.
She’s taken to TikTok to spread awareness about common misconceptions about parenting a newborn as a deaf person.
In her latest clip to go viral, she demonstrates exactly how she knows her baby is crying.
A special device notifies her
She’s signing within the video and has captions overlayed for people to grasp what she’s saying.
“These are what we use every night and overnight,” she signs while holding up the hearing device.
“That is the receiver. It connects with vibrations and one other device.
“When the infant cries, it sends a signal to the sensor first then it sends it to the receiver.”
Cheyenna then demonstrates how it really works.
It triggers three loud beeps, then heavy vibrations and a flashing light to grab her attention.
“That is how we get up when our baby is crying,” she writes.
Within the daytime, she and her partner depend on a special device – a baby monitor. However it’s not only any old one, it’s called the Vtech Baby Monitor and it has specific features to acknowledge when the infant is moving or making noise.
When these changes occur, different coloured lights show up on the screen to notify her. Different lights mean various things, equivalent to the various intensities of her baby’s cries.
“I LOVE THIS ONE. I take advantage of it in any respect times,” she signs.
“This has never crossed my mind…but now I’m glad I do know”
People were fascinated by her video, with one person admitting, “I actually never considered how you’d know your baby is crying when you’re deaf. Thanks for this! Super interesting and awesome.”
One other wrote: “Sometimes I feel the world we live in isn’t great. After which I see this and I’m so pleased with this place.”
“The indisputable fact that this has never crossed my mind… but now I’m glad I do know,” a 3rd commented.
One other joked, “Wish I might have had these for my husband when ours was little. He’s not deaf, but you’d definitely think so at night.”
Then this person shared their very own experience: “Technology is so cool! My deaf parents didn’t use anything within the 90s, my mum all the time said intuition told her!”
And this woman suggested: “Apple Watch must optimize for the deaf community!! Because an alert right to your wrist that your baby is crying can be so convenient!”
Another person identified that “IPhones have already got a feature that’ll make your phone vibrate when your babies are crying.”
But Cheyenna said she had “tried it however it’s the worst! It’s not accurate and it will warn me like 100+ when my daughter will not be crying.”