WHY DO BABIES CRY?
cry and you have to live with it. They can't talk and crying
is the only way of communicating. If they are hungry, cold,
wet or just irritated they cant tell you that so they have
to cry and convey that to you. It is then on you to identify
their needs and difficulties and understand what is wrong.
At first it can be difficult, but a large part of parenting
is trial and error, and you'll soon learn to anticipate her
needs and wipe away her tears. Following are a list of different
reasons why your child cries and all you have to do is identify
She Must Be Hungry
Hunger is one reason why babies cry. When babies are hungry
they normally show signs like- she'll fuss, make noises, and
root around for your breast if you pick her up - once you
recognise these signs you'll get pretty good at feeding her
before she starts demanding for it. Thus first check to see
if she's hungry and then feed her till she herself lets go.
Sometimes a baby will continue to cry even after you start
feeding her; keep going, she'll stop once her stomach is full.
Change Her Diaper
Some babies will let you know right away when they need their
diaper to be changed; others don't mind since they find it
warm and comfortable. So if they have dirtied their diaper
they will cry and let you know that "Please Mom, change my
They Need Cuddling
Babies want to be held. They like to be cuddled by their parents,
they like to be close to their parents and see their faces,
listen to their heartbeats, hear their voices. Babies recognise
their mothers by her smell. After being fed, burped, and changed,
many babies simply want to be held close to their mothers
heart. You may wonder if you'll "spoil" your child by holding
her so much, but during the first few months of life there's
no such thing. Infants will vary a lot in how much they want
to be held. Some demand a lot of attention, while others can
spend long periods of time sitting calmly by themselves. If
your baby likes the attention, pick her up or keep her next
She Might Be Too Cold or Hot
Newborns like to be bundled up and kept warm. So when your
baby feels cold, like when you strip her naked to change her,
she'll let you know that she's not happy by crying. You'll
learn how to quickly change a diaper and wrap your baby back
up to calm her until the crying stops. Watch out that you
don't overdress her, since she's less likely to complain about
being too warm than about being too cold and won't cry about
it as vigorously.
She Might Be Sick
Sometimes even after you have fed her, held her, changed her
diapers still she keeps on crying and you really cant think
of anything else. In this case just check her temperature
and see if it is normal or not. All you might find is that
she is ill and needs to be taken to a doctor. The cry of a
sick baby tends to be distinct from the hunger or frustration
cry, and you'll soon learn when your baby doesn't feel good
and is sick.
Sometimes everything is ok but still your baby keeps on crying
and you are at your wits end thinking what is wrong. When
everything else fails, try the tips below.
Play some music or turn on
the TV. Babies are used to hear the sound of their mother
heart beat in the womb and therefore they love to be held
close. So to soothe them you can play some soft music or
turn on the TV set. Just let them hear the rhythm.
Put them in their pram and give
them some motion. Sometimes just the motion of carrying
your baby around will be enough to calm her. Other times,
it may help to rock her gently in a rocking chair or swing
at the same rate as your heart (around 60 to 100 beats per
Rubbing your baby's back or
belly is one of the most soothing things you can do for
her, especially if she's having gas pains.
Let her suck on something. Sometimes
just sucking on a pacifier will cool down your baby.