Crying is the way babies communicate. They hunger, pain, fear, the need to sleep and more by crying. So how to know what your baby is trying to tell you? Here are the most common reasons babies cry.
This is most likely the first thing people think of when baby cries. Learning to recognize the real signs of hunger will help you start feeding your baby before his crying stage. Fussing, lip smacking, rooting and putting their hands to their mouth are the hunger signs you probably noticed earlier.
Needs to burp
Burping is not mandatory. But if your baby often cries after a feeding, a simple burp might be all he needs. Babies swallow air when they breastfeed or suck from a bottle and this may cause discomfort if the air is not released. Some babies just are intensely bothered by having air in their little tummy, so if this is your case, burping is the perfect solution.
Babies usually let you know when they need to be changed. Some can tolerate a dirty diaper for quite a while. Either way, this one is easy to check and simple to remedy. Just take your little one and if he is crying, diaper might be the main reason.
Tired people usually just go to sleep, so why babies does not, even if they can take a nap anywhere, literally. Actually, it is much harder for them than you can think. Instead of falling asleep easily, babies might fuss and cry. Especially when they are overtired.
Wishes to be held
Baby requires a lot of cuddling. They love seeing their parents' faces, hearing their voices and listen to their heartbeats. Also, they can even detect their unique smell. Crying may be their way of asking to be near you. You might also be wondering if you will spoil your baby by holding him too much, but during the first few months of his life that is not possible. But I believe that holding your child in a simple nursing position is just a blessing, so enjoy it and hold him as much as you can.
Maybe they are cold
Newborns like to be kept warm, but, of course, not too warm. As a rule, they are comfortable wearing one extra layer than you are used to. Babies are less likely to complain about being too warm than about being too cold and they will not cry about it so strongly.
Something painful and hard to notice
There are babies that are extra sensitive to things like scratchy clothing tags or fabric and they can be very picky about subtleties ranging from the position they are held in to the bottle you offer. Easy trick is to always think what could be making him uncomfortable. Maybe even imagine yourself in his place?
Teething can be achy as every new tooth pushes through tender young gums. All babies usually are fussy and tearful from teething at some point. If your baby seems to be in pain and you are not sure why, just try feeling his gums with your finger. You might find a little surprise.
Babies learn all from the stimulation of the world around them, but sometimes it is just too much for them. It is hard to process it all. The lights, the noise, being passed from hand to hand. He might just be trying to say that it is enough.
Or maybe it is exact opposite? Perhaps your baby might be eager to see the world. It is likely that the only way to stop the crying and fussing is to stay active. Sadly, this can be exhausting for you. Try wearing your baby facing out in a front carrier that he can see all the action around him. Plan plenty of activities. Maybe hang out with other parents with babies. Go on little trips to your local playground, a children's museum or even the zoo.
You probably have already met your baby's basic needs and comforted him and if he still cries, it might be showing you something important. You may want to check his temperature or check other signs of illness. The cry of a sick baby usually is different from the one caused by hunger or frustration. If your baby is crying just does not sound right, trust your instincts and call a doctor.
Here you go all the most common reason your baby might be crying. If you do not have any idea what is wrong, do not worry, this list will have your back.