Why Do Babies Cry?
Crying is your baby's way of communicating. Most babies cry more at 6-8 weeks old than at birth. Babies cry when they need something and they have different cries for different needs.
Hunger pain is the most common cause of crying. Breasfed babies are usually hungry sooner since breastmilk is digested faster than formula.
Something may be hurting or making your baby uncomfortable. Maybe it's time for a diaper change. Check baby for tight straps or constricting clothing.
Gas pain can be very painful. Does your baby need to burp? Most babies need to be burped right after feeding. Try rubbing baby's back or changing positions.
Your baby may be too hot or too cold. Baby should be dressed as warm as you, plus one more layer of clothing.
Need to Be Held
Your baby needs to feel loved and secure. Do not be afraid of spoiling. The more comfort you provide in the first few months, the less demanding your baby will be as he/she gets older.
Need to Suck
The need to suck is strong in infants. Sucking helps calm them and helps them go to sleep. Pacifiers may confuse a brestfed baby in the first few weeks because the nipple are different.
Remember that your new baby can see and hear well. Babies love bright colors, faces, voices and music, which can be very entertaining.
Your baby may need to rest or sleep. Rocking chairs are very soothing and relaxing for both of you. Talk gently or sing.
Colic is when there is a lot of crying. It can be very stressful and frustrating for parents. If this happens to you, you may need to try many things to calm your baby.