Why is my baby crying?December 12, 2016
Not being able to understand why your baby is crying can sometimes be very stressful, but as babies cannot speak, crying is actually their special language for letting you know what they need.
Decode this language and you’ll be able to start communicating in a way that will leave both of you calmer and happier.
In many cases, you’ll be able to work out what their crying means by thinking about your own basic needs. If you are hungry you can grab a snack; if you are cold you can put on a jumper.
A baby can only ask for these things by crying, so think through these typical trigger points to work out what they are trying to tell you.
Here are a few of the most common things your baby may be trying to tell you:
• Feed me – I’m hungry
This is one of the most common reasons for babies crying. In fact, newborn babies might cry for food hourly. That is because they only have a tiny tummy and cannot drink much milk at one sitting.
Of course, as your baby gets older, they will need feeding less often. It can also help if you develop a clear routine for when you feed older babies. This will ensure you both know when feeding time is due – and reduce your baby’s need to cry in the first place.
• Pick me up – I need a cuddle
Bearing in mind that your baby spent up to nine months inside your womb, close physical contact is something that your baby is likely to find very reassuring and comforting.
Some babies will need more cuddling than others, so the best way to see if they are crying because they want a hug is to just give it a go. If a nice snuggle calms them down, then you know you’ve waved your magic mummy wand!
• Hey there – I think something’s going on below!
Another very common reason for a baby crying is because it is time for a nappy change.
A quick sniff or look down the back of the nappy should tell you if this is the case. If it is, then a fresh nappy should quickly soothe away those sobs.
• Cover me up – I’m getting cold
Whilst adults can pull on a jumper or turn up the heating if they feel cold, your baby’s only way of telling you that they feel chill is to have a little cry.
If you have fed and changed your baby and a cuddle doesn’t help, think about whether they could be too hot or cold.
Again, testing your theory by adding or removing a layer of clothing should quickly tell you whether this is indeed a tiny temperature tantrum.
• Help me out here – I’m not feeling comfortable
Just like adults, babies have their off-days and whether this is due to an uncomfortable case of wind or a bad cold, their only way of telling you is by crying out.
You’ll probably notice that this sort of crying is more like a shriek and there may well be more tears. As the most common cause of discomfort is wind, try burping your baby first.
However, if your baby keeps crying or you notice other areas of concern such as a high temperature, it is best to consult your GP.
• I’ve had enough now – I’m tired
Another reason for loud crying can be your baby’s need for sleep.
If this is the case, you will find that their cries subside as you rock them or soothe them asleep.
But try to make sure their environment is quiet so they can sleep soundly – woken baby is definitely a recipe for more screams!
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