Parenting - Infant care | 0-1 yrs

10 Common Reasons Babies Cry


Whoever said, “A crying baby is the best form of birth control,” knew what she was talking about.

“You already know that no two babies are alike, but this reality may still hit you hard when you hear other parents talking about how easy their babies are or how their newborn sleeps peacefully through the night,” says Is it always easy for you every time to find the reason why your infant cries? Are you always able to soothe your little princess easily?

Here are some possible reasons why your baby cries. Hunger could be a cause. As your infant still has a small stomach, she can’t hold much food and may need to be fed at more frequent intervals. Try feeding her even if her last feed was not too long ago. A wet or soiled nappy may also be a culprit. Her delicate skin gets irritated very easily. Frequent nappy changes, nappy rash cream and nappy-free time will help her to keep smiling.

If the tone of her cry is different from her usual tone, she may be ill and is trying to let you know about it. Probably you are the only person who can identify this change in tone. If you feel she is ill, take her to the doctor.

Your little princess might look cute in that lovely dress, but is she overdressed or dressed unsuitably for the weather? Is she colicky? Could she be crying to let you know that she wants less or more stimulation around her? Is she teething?

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How To Stop A Baby From Crying

Figuring out why your baby is crying isn’t always easy. And, as you’ve probably noticed, babies get upset fairly frequently because it’s the main way they can communicate. Here are 10 common reasons that babies cry...

1. Hunger

Hunger is one of the most common reasons that your newborn baby will cry. Your baby's small stomach can't hold very much, so if she cries, try offering her some milk. She may be hungry, even if her last feed doesn't seem very long ago.

2. A Dirty Diaper

Your baby may protest if a wet or soiled nappy is bothering him. If his tender skin feels irritated, he will probably try and let you know by crying. Always use an anti-rash cream at nappy changes, and if possible, give your baby nappy-free time.

3. Feeling Unwell

Be aware of changes in your baby. If he's unwell, he'll probably cry in a different tone compared to his usual cry. It may be weaker, more urgent, continuous, or high-pitched. Nobody knows your baby as well as you do. If you feel that there may be...

4. Feeling Sleepy

Your baby may find it hard to fall asleep, particularly if she is over-tired. Pick up on cues like whining and crying at the slightest thing, staring blankly into space and going quiet as signs that your baby wants to go to sleep. Help her by teac...

5. Feeling Too Hot Or Too Cold

Take care to keep your baby clothed keeping in mind the weather. Avoid overdressing your baby in the warmer months. Likewise, in colder weather you should see that your baby is bundled up in a way that keeps her snug and warm.

6. Feeling Colicky

If your baby is less than five-months-old, she may cry in the late afternoon and evenings. This is normal, but it can be very stressful for you. Persistent crying in an otherwise healthy baby is usually a sign of colic. Cuddling and swaying with y...

7. Needing To Burp

If your baby cries during or after a feed, she may have wind. Wind is simply the air in your baby's tummy, which she's swallowed as she feeds, or even when she cries. Patting or rubbing your baby's back are good ways to burp her.

8. They Want Less Stimulation

Babies need to learn from the surroundings. However, they sometimes do not have enough ability to process all factors such as sounds, lights, noise. Your baby will cry to express that she does not want more.

9. They Want More Stimulation

Babies who are curious normally want to discover more about their surroundings. An effective way to stop them from crying is to let them stay active.

10. Teething

The period when teeth emerge through tender young gums is quite painful for babies. The level of pain differs from baby to baby. But in general, it is a phase when every baby is irritable and cranky.

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