Parenting: 6 Reasons Babies Cry

Reasons Babies Cry


If Your Baby Is Hungry

Your baby’s cries will sound adamant and desperate, with a high-pitched cry. Just think of when you last breastfed your baby. If it has between 90 and 180 minutes (or if it has been two to four hours since it was bottle-fed on formula milk), then see if your baby tries to suckle its thumb, gets frantic, or wiggles. It is a sign that she is hungry and offer to feed her. If your child is on formula milk, she might not take much of it if the feed is under two hours since the last feed.

If Your Baby’s Diaper Is Dirty

Some babies let you know right away when they need to be changed. Others can tolerate a dirty diaper for quite a while.

If Your Baby Is Tired

Your baby reflects its tiresome through rubbing eyes as if wanting to sleep, or its eyelids are half-closed. You can look for physical signs such as puffiness or redness under your baby’s eyes. Swaddling your baby keeps it warm and nice to put him to bed. Your baby would fall asleep in no time once you swaddle it.

If Your Baby Wants To Be Held

Babies need a lot of cuddling. They like to see their parents’ faces, hear their voices, and listen to their heartbeats, and can even detect their unique smell. Crying can be their way of asking to be held close.

You may wonder if you’ll spoil your baby by holding him so much, but during the first few months of life that isn’t possible. To give your arms some relief, try wearing your baby in a front carrier or sling.

If Your Baby Is In Pain

When your baby cries inconsolably, it is either colicky or in pain. The cries could be piercing. Your baby may arch her back and bring her knees up to her chest. You can ease your baby by swaddling and hold her on her side. You might also want to have an anti-colic drop as prescribed by your doctor to be prepared for events like these. Other ways of comforting are by offering your breast or a pacifier.

If Your Baby Uncomfortable

If your baby is feeling too hot or too cold, if there is no ventilation, or if the clothing chokes your baby, she would cry. The cries would be accompanied by the ‘uh-UH’ sound. Look for these cues and either keep the room at optimum temperature, facilitate some aeration or ventilation and depending on how warm or cold or uncomfortable your baby’s clothes are keeping her, give her a quick dress change