As a mom, nothing’s worse than seeing and hearing your baby cry. Crying is one way for babies to communicate their needs. Unless those needs are met, they won’t stop crying.

Why Babies Cry and How to Soothe Them

There are different reasons why a baby cry. Some of the most common ones are:

1. Hunger
This is one of the most common reasons why babies cry. This is especially true if they’re newborns because the younger they are, the more frequent they need to be fed.

The baby’s stomach is still very small. It can’t hold very much and it won’t take long before it empties.

What to do: Offer your breast even if the last feed doesn’t seem that long.

2. Tiredness
When your baby finds it hard to sleep because he is overly tired, he may resort to crying. He may cry even at the slightest thing. You may also notice him to be staring on space and going quiet.

What to do: Creating and sticking to a bedtime routine can provide a environment for your baby where sleep comes to him naturally. It’s also one way of helping him self-soothe.

Set a regular bedtime so that your child will naturally fall asleep at a predictable time. Create a routine that would let him know that it’s time to sleep. You can include feeding and soothing activities like singing, a warm bath, and massage as part of that routine.

3. Colic
Persistent crying may be a sign of colic. It is a condition characterized by periods of significant distress in a well-fed, healthy baby. Babies suffering from colic often cry for over three hours in a day. It can be distressing especially that it may seem as if nothing works to soothe your crying baby.

The exact cause of colic is unknown although some experts think that it could be brought about by allergies, anxious parents, differences in the way the baby is fed, and lactose intolerance.

What to do: There are different ways to soothe a colicky baby. You can try walking him kangaroo style (you can do this with your baby in front carrier), gently rocking your baby in your arms, giving him a soothing massage, playing “white noise” such as playing a recorded sound of a rain, or placing a warm cloth on his tummy.

4. Need to be held
There are times when a baby cries because he wants to be held. Physical contact like cuddling is comforting for babies. 

What to do: Hold him close to you. The warmth of your body, your smell, and even the feel of your heartbeat can be soothing for your baby. You may also want to sway and sing to his while you hold him.

5. Discomfort
Comfort level is another thing to look into when your baby cries. He may be crying because he is feeling too cold or too warm. You can check on this by feeling his tummy.

What to do: If your baby is feeling cold, add a blanket and if he is feeling too warm, remove one. It also helps to keep the baby’s room temperature at 18 degrees Celsius. Also, try not to overdress or underdress your baby.

6. Need a nappy change
Your baby may protest through crying if he has soiled or wet nappy. Although some babies do not seem to mind, they would start to feel agitated and start crying when their skin feels irritated.

What to do: Change your baby’s nappies frequently. This doesn’t just help in ensuring his comfort but also helps in preventing a nappy rash especially when it is soiled with poop.

Stock up on cloth nappies even before your baby arrives. In this way, you’ll come prepared especially that newborns require frequent nappy change in a day.

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