Why do babies cry?

Why do babies cry?
Babies cry for a reason! It is their way of communicating their need of hunger, fear, sleep or change of diaper or clothes.

Why does every mother and baby picture from Madonna to Baby-Christ pictures show a serene woman cradling a contented baby in her arms? For many mothers the reality is quite different. They are driven to madness and despair by their babies, who cry long and loud for no apparent reason.

One should know that crying is part of life for a new baby. On an average, newborns cry for about two hours each day. Between birth and about 6 weeks of age, the amount of crying increases to almost three hours each day, no matter what you do!

As you get more comfortable with their routines and the babies become more predictable, they become less fussy! But you should understand that babies don't have a lot of other ways to communicate and much what goes on around them is unfamiliar, which becomes upsetting. Your baby relies on you to provide her with the food, warmth and comfort that she needs. Crying is their way of ensuring a response from you.

Hunger is one of the most common reasons that your newborn will cry. The younger your baby is, the more likely it is that he's hungry. Your baby will need lots of cuddling, physical contact and reassurance to comfort her. Babies younger than five months old, at times just want to cry so she may cry in the late afternoon and evenings. It is pretty normal. Often, babies find it hard to get to sleep, particularly if they are over-tired, they start crying. Your baby may protest if her clothes are too tight or if a wet or soiled nappy is bothering her. But if your baby's tender skin is being irritated she will most likely cry.

Be aware of changes in your baby. If she's unwell, she'll probably cry in a different tone to her usual cry. Also, if your baby usually cries a lot but has become unusually quiet, it may be a sign that she's not well. Sometimes simply accepting that you have a baby who cries a lot can help. Be reassured that as your baby grows, she will learn new ways of communicating her needs to you. And when this happens, the crying will stop.

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