Babies, unlike adults, cannot do everything by themselves. They will therefore find a way in which they can get assistance from the adults and they mainly do this by crying as it is their way of communicating. To new parents, it may be at times difficult to tell what the baby wants, for instance, whether the baby needs food, a drink, feeling cold, or needs company. As time goes by, you can be able to tell the baby’s crying patterns and thus you will be in a position to work on the needs of the baby.
Feeling hungry is one of the key reasons for a baby to cry. It is normally considered that the younger the baby the more likely the baby will cry when he feels hungry. On breastfeeding, little colostrum is produced on the first two days of birth and on the third day it is noticeable when the milk comes in. The stomach of the baby is only able to hold a small amount of food, therefore when the baby cries, one should try and give her milk. It should also be noted that when the is given food, one should not expect that the baby will stop crying immediately, it is only after the baby has fed well then after sometime she will keep quiet. If the crying persists after feeding, then the baby want the other need to be fulfilled.
A baby will also express the need of being comfortable. For instance, when a baby has been worn tight clothes, she will tend to cry since the clothes are bothering her. To some other babies the cause may be from the nappies. Some babies will protest for their nappies to be changed when it is full whereas to some other babies they will feel comfortable with the full nappies because of their warmth.
A shower to some babies may be a cause to their crying since the do not want their skin to be exposed to air as they want to feel the warmth. To some other babies it may be due to the changing of their nappies. If this could be the reason, one should learn how to change the baby’s nappy quickly for you to be able to calm the child.
Most babies need personal contact as this gives them a sense that you are closer as a parent whereas some other babies do not like personal contact. You baby may cry so that you hold her/him in your hands.
Need to rest
A baby can cry if she needs rest when she is not able to cope up with the stimulation to sleep that may be caused by either noise or light.
Soothing Your Crying Baby
Crying – excessive (0-6 months)
Crying in infancy
Colic (The Crying Baby)