Reasons for a baby to cry

Hearing your baby cry can be heart-breaking and distressing. As new parents you can become flummoxed as to why your baby is crying. There are a number of reasons for why a baby cries, and knowing how to decipher each cry can allow you to attend to your baby accordingly. It takes a little while to get to know your baby and the reasons for why she cries. Your baby is likely to cry, often with varying pitches to the cry, to signal what is wrong. Crying is her only way of communicating her needs to you. Knowing why she is crying can help you to resolve the problem and gain her trust.

Here is a guide on deciphering your baby’s cry:

She’s tired

Baby needs a lot of sleep as she is growing and developing. Sleeping and getting to sleep is a learned skill that takes practice. To begin with, your baby may need assistance with getting to sleep, or she may whimper a bit before she falls asleep. When she is tired, she is going to cry out of frustration. The cry may be gentle to begin with, but it will soon intensify as she becomes irritated and agitated. Along with crying, she is likely to rub her eyes and be yawning. This is a good indicator that she is tired, and the cry that accompanies these signals will soon become distinguished.

She’s hungry

A common reason your baby will cry is because of hunger. A cry for food can be distinguished by a repetitive cry whilst she is bringing her hands to her mouth. Her head will be moving from side to side as she looks for food. These combined signals will tell you that she is hungry, and this cry can often be heard come feeding time. You will soon learn the tone and pitch of this cry as it is heard prior to her being fed. Once you know this cry, you can distinguish that she is hungry.

She can’t take anymore

It can take a while for baby to adjust to the world and her surroundings, and to begin with everything can be a little overwhelming. She may become overstimulated and this can cause her to become stressed. With bright lights, loud noises and a lot of activity going on around her, she may just feel a little overwhelmed and overstimulated with all that is going on. She is likely to be restless and fussy as she wants to be void of the stimulation overload. An agitated, whiny cry accompanied by fussiness and fidgeting signals she can’t take anymore.

She’s in pain

Babies are prone to stomach pains which can be caused from colic or wind. Pain can be associated by baby bringing her knees up to her chest. The movements she makes are likely to show that she is in discomfort; the cry will be shrill and intense. When she is in pain, the cry will be high-pitched and rather different from any other cry. She will show signs of discomfort in her face and her awkward movements. She may be in pain for any number of reasons, and illness can cause her to cry in this way, too. When this cry is heard, other symptoms should be looked for to find what is causing the pain.

Feeling uncomfortable

Another common reason why your baby may cry is because she feels uncomfortable. This is likely the case when she has soiled her diaper and needs to be changed. Some babies will let you know as soon as they need changing, whereas others don’t seem to be bothered by it at all. However, you will soon learn if your baby is unhappy when she is soiled. The diaper is generally checked soon after baby kicks up a fuss, and is easily noticed. This is easy to remedy and it is best to tend to baby as soon as needed to prevent discomfort and skin irritations.

Your baby can cry for a number of reasons, and as you tune in to her and learn about her, you can come to decipher why she is crying. Listening to the tone of the cry and looking for accompanying signals can alert you to why she is crying. There can be many, many reasons for why she is crying, and as you get to know her you will soon learn the reasons behind the cry. It can take a little while to pick up on why your baby cries. Always remain calm and relaxed and offer comfort while you figure out the reason. Baby can sense how you are feeling, so any anxieties or frustrations will be relayed to her. Look for the clues and follow her signals to be able to tend to her needs.