First Time Parents Guide: Why is my Baby Crying?!
As a new parent, when you hear your baby crying, you have an immediate, visceral reaction. Your nervous system kicks into high gear, and you are determined to find out what’s wrong and how to make your baby feel better.
Did you know that a cat’s meow mimics the cry of a human baby? That’s right! Cats rarely meow at each other, mostly just at humans. And through years of evolution, they’ve hacked into our nervous systems to replicate one of the strongest emotional reactions we have, especially for new mothers and parents. Bad kitty! It just goes to show how powerful the sound of a crying baby can be.
Why is your baby crying? There are a few common reasons. Most of them are nothing to worry about, but understanding why your baby cries is an important part of the bonding experience and development process.Here are the top reasons why your baby might be crying.
1. Your baby may be hungry
New babies need food frequently, to fill their small stomachs and aid in their rapid growth. It takes some time for them to fall into “normal” feeding cycles. In the meantime, when they are hungry, they’ll let you know right away. The best move is to feed your baby as soon as he or she seems hungry, and, when crying occurs, to first assume that hunger is the reason.
2. Your baby may want to be held
If your baby is crying, you can try stroking or rocking your baby. The sensations will be soothing, and it will help you strengthen and deepen your bond of sacred trust. Your touch is the primary way your child can come to understand that he or she is supported and that the world is a fundamentally safe place. Often, your smell and touch alone can be enough to stop your baby from crying.
3. Your baby may be overstimulated or need a nap
To soothe a crying baby, you can try moving your baby into a dark, quiet, and temperature-controlled environment. The world is a lot to process for your baby, and until a regular sleep cycle is established, your baby may need naps at all times of the day. Make sure a safe, calm sleeping environment is always ready when this happens. If your baby doesn’t fall asleep right away, trying talking or singing to make him or her feel safe and at ease.
4. Your baby may have colic
If you can’t calm your baby with food, or if he or she seems unusually irritable despite rocking and feeding, your baby may have colic. This could be related to allergies, digestive problems, or something else. It’s best to consult your doctor, and to make sure you practice self-care. Although periods of colic usually pass within a few months, dealing with a crying baby can be stressful for everyone involved, and you should be patient with yourself if you experience stress during this time.
5.Your baby may need to be changed
If this is the case, you’ll know!
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