What to do when baby cries
Studies show that parents who responded quickly to their baby's cries had babies who later cried less often and for shorter times. As a result, these babies had more energy for learning and interacting with people.
Sometimes it may seem like baby never stops crying. This can be very stressful and hard to listen to, but don't take your angry feelings out on baby, he can't help it. Consider these reasons for why baby may be crying:
- He might be hungry. Babies often cry when they're hungry. If it's been an hour or more since he was fed, see if he is hungry.
- Perhaps she's lonely. If a baby calms and stays calm as soon as you pick her up, she missed you! Remember, baby was in a snugly womb, hearing a heartbeat for 9 months. Baby's need for closeness is very real. You can't spoil a baby by cuddling her when she needs it, or when you need it.
- Check to see if he's too cold or hot. Feel baby's back or tummy, and adjust clothing to make him comfortable. Dress baby like yourself or one layer warmer.
- She might be overstimulated. Lots of people bouncing the baby or talking to her at once may overdo it. Give baby some calm and quiet. Rocking her in a dimly lit room may help.
- Was he frightened? Baby may move suddenly, startle and cry. Wrapping a blanket securely around him and holding him firmly may calm him.
- Check her diaper. Some babies don't mind being wet; others do.
- Is he in pain? Baby may be ill, or perhaps uncomfortable because a pin is pricking him, or because his clothes have sharp tags or zippers.
- It could be time to take a nap. Some babies need to fuss a bit before sleeping.
- It might be colic. Babies with colic have tummy pains and loud, piercing cries. These cries can last up to several hours, and usually occur at the same time each day. If you've tried everything and baby still cries, try this: Call a friend or relative and ask her to watch your baby for half an hour or an hour. Everyone needs a break like this at times. As a last resort, put baby in his crib and shut the door. Take a shower, or vacuum. You won't hear her, and the noise might calm your baby. Look in on her every 15 minutes. If you think baby is ill, call your doctor or clinic.