Why Babies Cry
Today I’ll be talking about why babies cry.
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Hey there! You’re listening to the Mighty Mommy with some quick and dirty tips for practical parenting. Today I’ll be talking about why babies cry.
I received an e-mail from a friend who, I was excited to hear, listens to the show. She’s expecting her first child early next year. She had some great questions. One thing she is wondering about is how to tell why a baby is crying. This is a dilemma facing all new parents because it’s the beginning of learning how to communicate with your new baby. I’ve been through it twice and it was different each time. Many parents have gone through it four or five times and some even more. Every baby is different so there are no set rules. I hope to give you some tips to help you learn how to understand what your beautiful new baby is trying to tell you.
Some people think that women are just born with a sense or instinct that tells them what their newborn baby’s cry means. This is not always true. If the babies don’t know why they are crying, how could the mom know without doing some research first? Babies have very specific needs. When a newborn is crying, there is almost always a reason. As parents, we tend to think that a crying baby is a hungry baby. This isn’t always the case. Unless it’s time for baby to eat, don’t jump to this conclusion.
If your recently fed-to-capacity baby is crying, I recommend checking the diaper. Some babies don’t like being wet and soiled. Mine never seemed to care, but all babies are different. The next thing I recommend is that you check the weather. Even if you feel comfortable, you should also check your baby’s clothing. Your baby could be too warm or cold. Check to be certain that baby isn’t over- or under-dressed. Also, make sure nothing is bunched or pinching anywhere. Most babies like to be warm and snug in a swaddle. My son loved being swaddled and kept toasty warm. My daughter was the complete opposite. She threw her blankets aside and sprawled out as much as possible. She hasn’t changed in four years. If you see a pattern of what your baby seems to prefer, go with it. If your baby is crying and loves to be cool, maybe you should take off the blanket sleeper and go with something lighter. Keep warmth-loving babies swaddled and close.
Babies love to be held and cuddle time is important. Entering this big open world after having spent about nine months in a warm and snuggly place can be quite unnerving for anyone. Holding your baby close and cuddling often will help your baby to feel safe. Sometimes crying is simply a request for attention. Hold your baby and rock back and forth. Sometimes just walking around will create the rhythmic motion needed to soothe your baby. You can also hold your baby’s head against your chest. Hearing your heartbeat can be very soothing to a fussy baby. If you have a baby that requires a lot of cuddling time, you may want to invest in a front carrier or a sling so you can carry your baby with you and still get some things done or at least give your tired arms some time to rest.