No one – and I mean no one – likes the sound of a crying baby. In fact, if you’re a new parent, then you know first-hand how absolutely miserable it can be to listen to a baby cry.
Fortunately, if you can pin down the cause of your baby’s crying, then you’re in a better position to actually stop it. And that’s our topic today, parents; keep reading to learn 13 reasons why your baby is crying!
Baby Crying? Here are 13 Possible Causes
- Your baby is crying because she’s hungry. Makes sense, right? Your baby will usually give more subtle signs of hunger at first (like chewing on her fists or rooting around with her mouth), but crying is one way your baby will let you know she’s ready to eat!
- Your baby is crying because her diaper is wet/dirty. A soiled or wet diaper is uncomfortable; if your baby is crying with no apparent cause, do a quick diaper check to be sure all is clean and dry.
- Your baby is crying because he’s ill. If your baby feels feverish, or if he’s pulling on his ears, it’s possible he’s sick. If your baby is relatively young, talk to your healthcare provider about ways to make him more comfortable.
- Your baby is crying because he’s too hot/too cold. Most parents tend to overdress their babies at bedtime, for fear that baby will get cold during the night. This guide, How Warmly To Dress Baby For Sleep, can help you pinpoint the ideal temperature for your baby.
- Your baby is crying because she wants to be held. Sometimes, your baby just wants you! If you can’t find a clear reason for your baby’s crying, try simply picking her up and holding her for a bit.
- Your baby is crying because she’s gassy. Burp, burp, burp! Be sure to burp after each feeding. If gas is still a problem for your baby, talk to a healthcare provider about other measures you can take to alleviate gas pain.
- Your baby is teething. Teething can really mess with your baby’s usual sleeping patterns and habits. And given that babies teethe for what feels like a constant 2 years, it can be truly hard on families! Learn more about how teething affects sleep, and how you can spot signs of (and treat) your baby’s teething pain.
- Your baby is colicky. Ah, the dreaded “c-word”. If your baby suffers from colic, then you know first-hand the kind of non-stop crying that accompanies it! Read more about what causes colic and how to help your baby cope with colic.
- Your baby is in the midst of the “baby witching hour”. The baby witching hour is that time from late afternoon through bedtime during which your newborn seems to cry incessantly, and just cannot be soothed. Learn more about what causes the baby witching hour and how you can alleviate the worst of the crying.
- Your baby is having a growth spurt. During a growth spurt, your baby may sleep more than usual – but his sleep will also be shorter and more broken-up than usual, too. That’s because your baby will need to eat frequently during a growth spurt. Learn more about your baby’s growth spurts.
- Your baby is in the midst of a sleep regression. Sleep regressions are normal, developmental phases, but they can utterly ruin sleep. Learn more about when sleep regressions happen, and why they can cause so much crying.
- Your baby is overstimulated. Your baby is sensitive to things like light and noise, and while a bit of stimulation is good, too much stimulation can stress and overwhelm your baby. You’ll know she’s overstimulated if she begins to shut her eyes and look away from faces and lights. If you think your baby is overstimulated, try swaddling her and taking her to a dark, quiet room where you can begin to comfort and calm her.
- Your baby is overtired. Now, here is the “surprise” culprit. Most people assume that babies just sleep when they’re tired, but that isn’t always true. In fact, far more babies get sleepy, and then get tired, and then get overtired (and that’s when the crying really starts in earnest). Learn more about why your baby gets overtired, and learn how you can take steps to help your child start sleeping through the night.
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