What to do When Baby Cries
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Crying is babys way of asking for help. During the first few months, she
cant control it. She cries only when in need and cant stop until those needs
are met or until shes too tired to go on.
Studies show that parents who responded quickly to their babys cries had babies
who later cried less often and for shorter periods of time. As a result, these babies had
more energy for interacting with people.
Sometimes it may seem like your baby never stops crying. This can be very stressful,
but dont take your angry feelings out on your baby---he cant help it. Consider
these reasons for why baby may be crying:
- He may be hungry. If its been at least 2 hours since he was fed, try feeding him.
- She may be lonely. If a baby calms down as soon as you pick her up, she probably just
wants to be close to you. A babys need for closeness is very real. You cant
spoil a baby by cuddling her when she needs it.
- He may be too hot or too cold. Check by feeling the babys back or tummy. Adjust
clothing to make him comfortable.
- She might be over-stimulated. Lots of people in the room, holding her, talking, touching
her can sometimes overdo it. Give baby some calm and quiet. Rocking her in a dimly lit
room may help.
- He may be frightened. Sometimes when startled, a baby will move and begin to cry.
Wrapping a blanket securely around him and holding him firmly may calm him.
- She may have a wet or dirty diaper. Check frequently.
- He may be hurting. Check for pins sticking, pinching zippers or rough tags on clothing
that may be irritating babys delicate skin.
- It may be naptime or bedtime. Some babies just need to fuss a little before they settle
down to sleep.
6121 "Development During the First 3 Years" University of
Diana Milne, MilneD@missouri.edu
Regional Specialist, Human Development
Clay County, Missouri
University of Missouri Extension