Why do babies cry?
If your baby won't stop crying, learning their language will help.
It’s normal for babies to let out a cry whenever they need something. In fact, research has revealed that there isn’t any significant relationship between constant crying and ineffective parenting.
Crying is simply a baby’s language.
In the beginning, crying is a baby’s primary means of conveying feelings of hunger, distress, exhaustion, loneliness, and so on. But as your little one grows, they will become skilled at other ways of communicating their needs and emotions. These additional abilities typically include body language, facial expressions and, eventually speech.
To familiarize yourself with noises babies make between birth and 3 months old, and what they mean, watch this interview from the Oprah Winfrey show.
Soothing the Cries
Before your baby develops the ability to communicate verbally, you need to deal with their incessant cries. Here are a number of valuable tips to help you understand what they want and quiet down the sobs.
1) Learn the language
By understanding their pre-cry warning signs such as fidgeting, agitated facial expressions, little frowns, flailing arms, breathing changes and the like, you will begin to know whether your baby is hungry, tired, frightened, overwhelmed or just needs to be held. And by acting in response to the hints, you have a greater chance of pre-empting a full-scale crying fit.
Sounds for 0-3 month olds
- NEH- Hunger
- OWH- Sleepy
- HEH- Discomfort
- EAIR- Lower gas-Tummy/Poop
- EH- Upper gas/Burp
2) Feed your baby
Little tummies are not capable of holding an amount of food that can last for several hours. In view of this, you will need to provide your baby with small, frequent feedings.
When it comes to appetite, babies usually experience an increasing desire for food that preceeds growth spurts. In my experience you can tell when a growth spurt is about to occure when your baby's face looks different. You will notice that one day their face has changed. So be sure to feed your baby when you hear the NEH-feed me cry to avert another crying fit.
3) Respond promptly
A lot of people possess a flawed idea that if a parent responds to a crying baby at once, he or she is actually, spoiling them. The truth of the matter is that the more you delay the response, the more distressed your baby becomes. Before long your baby will not even remember what triggered the crying fit in the first place, and the sobs will simply go on and on, and at that point your baby will become much more difficult to quiet down.
If you’re breastfeeding, try to respond promptly to your baby's hunger signs. A baby that is left to build up a full-scale cry will have a less energetic suck and may experience latching difficulties. At times, they will merely suck for a while and then doze off due to exhaustion.
4) Carry your baby around
Studies have shown that carrying babies around may preclude crying. In order to reduce the stress on your body of constantly doing so, you can use a variety of slings or carriers.
5) Make use of relaxing sounds
Singing a lullaby, playing some music (babies like all kinds of music), or white noise, can be useful in calming your baby down.
These were just some of the effective ways to quiet down a baby. You may come across other practical techniques by simply skimming through various "my first baby" books or by surfing the Internet.
If you have other ways please let us all know by leaving a comment below ❤