Crying is a normal and healthy way for our babies to express their emotions and communicate. They usually do so to let you know what’s on their mind. Picking up and cuddling or nursing your baby, on the contrary, will not start bad habits or spoil them. We had to ask our baby expert Chantal Murphy gave us a full proof guide to navigating your baby’s reason for crying, how to calm them, and figure out what they want to say to you. Keep reading below for more!
It’s one of the most common reasons why your baby will cry, especially if you have a newborn. The younger your baby is, the more likely it is that he’s hungry. Your baby’s stomach is small and can’t hold very much.
Your baby may find it hard to get to sleep, particularly if she’s over-tired. The younger your baby is, the more subtle her sleep cues are, so it may take a few weeks for you to recognize the signs. Fussing and crying at the slightest thing, staring blankly into space, and being quiet and still are just some of the ways in which your baby tells you she needs some shut eye.
Temperature May Be An Issue
Temperature: You can check whether your baby is too hot or too cold by feeling her tummy or the back of her neck. Don’t be guided by the temperature of your baby’s hands or feet. It’s normal for them to feel colder than the rest of her body. Try not to overdress your baby, or she may become overheated. As a general rule, she needs to wear one more layer of clothing than you to be comfortable.
Your baby may protest if she has a wet or soiled nappy. Some babies don’t seem to mind unless their skin feels irritated.
A Cough Or Sore Gums
If your baby’s unwell, he’ll probably cry in a different tone from the one you’re used to. It may be weaker, more urgent, continuous, or high-pitched. If he usually cries a lot but has become unusually quiet, this may also be a sign that she’s not well. Teething may also cause your baby to be more upset than usual. Babies are often irritable and restless in the week before a new tooth comes through. Nobody knows your baby as well as you do. If you feel that something’s not right, trust your instincts.
While you’re here, check out Chantal’s guide to putting your newborn to sleep.