One of the most challenging behaviors of a newborn is crying. All infants cry; some more than others. Just like adults, babies have unique personalities.
Since they can’t talk, it’s their way of communicating. Studies show that babies between two and twelve weeks tend to cry more often. It’s sometimes difficult to figure out what a baby is trying to relate. Frustration sets in when they seem inconsolable.
A wailing baby is not good for the nerves. If you’re having a
cry-sis, rest assured that there are several reasons why babies become distressed.
From the warm and cozy womb to the cool air and bright lights of the outside world, birth is a big adjustment for a baby. Doctors used to stimulate a baby’s cry with a slap on the butt. After nine months of breathing amniotic fluid, a newborn’s lungs are filled.
Crying ensures that they are breathing properly. Thankfully, the “spank method” is no longer in use. Regardless, your “birth day” is a tough, first day in the new world.
There is good news for parents: crying is a phase. Your baby will grow out of this period in life. Learning to identify the types of crying will enhance the bond between you and your baby.
13 I’m hungry
The most common reason why babies cry is hunger. Their small stomachs cannot hold very much at one time. If it’s been two hours since the last breastfeeding (or three hours since the last formula feeding) your baby is most likely hungry.
Offer your baby some milk. A feeding will change a fussy baby into a contented one. Waking up from a nap and a very full diaper are other signs of possible hunger.
12 Hold me
Babies need lots of physical contact. Cuddling is comforting. If you are concerned about spoiling your baby, that should not be a worry during the first few months.
Keep your newborn close by using a baby sling or wrap. The baby will be soothed by your heartbeat. Gentle rocking is also a reassuring.
11 I’m sleepy
It’s difficult for babies to get to sleep when they are exhausted. Visitors who spend hours offering lots of affection could overstimulate your little one. Settling down is not easy for a baby. Warning signs of tiredness included less activity, lack of interest in people, rubbing eyes, and yawning.
10 Change my diaper
A wet or soiled diaper will not automatically trigger tears. A full diaper is warm and not necessarily uncomfortable. When skin becomes irritated, the crying will begin. If your baby is crying and squirming, as if trying to escape the cause of the discomfort, change the diaper.
9 I’m hot / I’m cold
Diaper removal or bathing can spark a crying session. When clothes are removed, cold air can bother a baby’s skin. Who wouldn’t prefer to be bundled in comfortable cotton clothes?
On the other hand, overdressing your little one will cause displeasure. If you are wearing one layer of clothing, your baby will need two layers. The baby’s tummy will help uncover the answer to the crying problem. If the tummy is too hot, take off the blanket. If it’s too cold, cover up.
A sudden cry is a sign that your baby is in pain. When we feel sharp, physical pain, we shout out, voicing our displeasure. The same is true for babies. Undress your baby to check the body for sources of irritation.
7 I’m scared
Strangers may like your baby, but your baby may not like strangers. Often, cooing turns to crying when a baby is confronted by an unfamiliar face. Little ones can be afraid of new people, and want mommy or daddy for reassuring comfort.
To dispel this fear, allow your baby to get to know this new person with you right by their side.
6 I’m frustrated
As babies get older, they learn how to control their limbs. If your baby is having trouble reaching a toy or trying to suck a thumb, their frustration can set off crying. Help your baby accomplish their mission to alleviate the tears.
5 I’m lonely
You rock your baby to sleep, and place them in the crib. Soon after, they wake up crying. This can happen because the baby misses your warm and comforting touch. Babies need your embrace to feel safe. Send your baby back to sleep with snuggles rather than sighs.
4 I need peace and quiet
Parties are not the ideal environment for newborns. Bright lights, music, and a boisterous crowd can overwhelm a baby. If you are in a loud space, your baby could be over-stimulated. Find a peaceful room with soft light for salvation.
3 I’m having reflux
Spitting up is also known as reflux. Babies have immature digestive systems which can force the contents of the stomach back to the mouth. Reflux happens more often when introducing solid foods.
Since spitting up is worse when babies are lying on their backs, make sure they are burped, and sitting up directly after a feeding. To alleviate the stress of reflux, dress your baby is loose clothing, and ensure that their diaper waistband isn’t too tight.
2 My ear hurts
Babies are prone to ear infections. Almost half of all babies experience an ear infection before the age of 1. Your baby could be in pain if you notice that they are tugging at their ear.
A reduced appetite and a fever usually accompany this ailment. Visit your pediatrician immediately for treatment.
1 I’m bored
Imagine yourself sitting silently in a chair for half an hour while others talked. Boredom would undoubtedly set it. Babies have felt the same way when inactive for too long. A whiny cry means I’m bored. A new venue or something to touch may relieve their crying.
It’s tough to hear your baby cry, but this phase will pass. Eventually, your child will find the words, and crying to communicate will stop.