Why is Baby Crying?

Diaper Change
Some babies will let you know right away when they need to be changed; others don’t mind when their diapers are soiled — it’s warm and comfortable to them.

When baby is crying, he or she may be hungry. Food might not stop the crying right away, but let them keep eating if they want to. Sometimes a baby will continue to cry even after you start feeding him or her; keep going, she’ll stop once his or her stomach is full.

I want to be held
Babies need a lot of cuddling. They like to see their parents’ faces, hear their voices, listen to their hearts, and can even detect their unique smell. After being fed, burped, and changed, many babies simply want to be held.

I’m too cold or hot
Newborns like to be bundled up and kept warm. So when your baby feels cold, like they are being undressed to be changed, he or she will let you know they aren’t happy by crying.

I can’t take it anymore
While newborns seem to thrive on a lot of attention, they can easily become overstimulated. Newborns have difficulty filtering out all the stimulation they receive — the lights, the noise, being passed from hand to hand. Crying is their way of saying “I’ve had enough.”

I don’t feel good
You’ve just fed your baby and checked that she’s comfortable, but she’s still crying. Consider checking her temperature to make sure she isn’t ill. The cry of a sick baby tends to be distinct from the hunger or frustration cry, and you’ll soon learn when your baby “just doesn’t sound right” and needs to be taken to the doctor.

None of the above
Sometimes you might not be able to figure out what’s wrong. Many newborns develop periods of fussiness when they’re not easily soothed. These periods of fussiness can range from a few minutes of hard-to-console crying to full-blown colic. Colic is defined as inconsolable crying for at least three hours per day, at least three days per week.

What can I do to stop the crying?
Wrap them up and hold them close
Let them hear the rhythm
Put them in motion
Rub their tummy
Let them suck on something

Fortunately, babies manage to get through even the most difficult crying episodes. Take heart that by the time your baby is 8 to 12 weeks old, she’ll be better able to soothe herself and much of the crying will stop.