When your baby cries it can be very distressing if you don’t know what the reason is. Understanding the reasons babies cry can make this mommy business just that little bit easier.
Baby has different cries for different reasons, you will get to know these cries over time. Until then look for signs baby is hungry before he starts crying such as fussing, smacking of lips, rooting (a newborn reflex that causes babies to turn their head toward your hand when you stroke their cheek), and putting their hands to their mouth.
2. Dirty Nappy
Simple and easy to check.
Look out for cues baby is tired before he starts crying such as a glazed stare, rubbing eyes, yawning, seeking comfort by sucking or feeding, pulling ears or hair
Baby should have one more layer of clothing than you. Feel the back of your baby’s neck to check if there is a temperature.
5. Uncomfortable or in Pain
Tummy troubles such as constipation can be the cause of lots of crying, especially if it is straight after a feed. Keep baby upright for a while after a feed and rubbing or patting his back. It could also be something small like something poking him, check his clothing for anything that could be bothering him.
6. Over or Under Stimulated
Babies can struggle to process all the stimulation (being passed around, bright light, too much noise) and they cry to say they have had enough. A “demanding” baby might love to be active and entertained and by staying active you can avoid baby crying although this can be very tiring.
7. Wants to be Held
Babies need lots of physical closeness and comfort, especially the first few months.