9 Reasons Why Your Baby Is Crying and How To Respond To Her Needs
9 Reasons Why Your Baby Is Crying and How To Respond To Her Needs
Newborn babies cry as their only method of communication.
A baby could be crying for a number of reasons and as you get to know your baby well you will soon learn and understand what it is your baby needs. You may even be able to recognise different types of crying and understand what could be wrong.
Although it can be a daunting thought at first, don’t worry, everyone with a new baby goes though the same sort of feelings. ‘How do I know what to do if my baby cries?’ is the question most people ask themselves before their first baby is born. It is totally natural to feel this way but rest assured you will get to know how to comfort your baby very quickly.
Babies don’t want for much; feeding, sleep and to feel comfortable and loved.
Things to check when your baby is crying:
Is baby hungry?
Has baby got wind?
Is baby tired?
Is baby comfy?
Does baby need changing?
Is baby the correct temperature?
Is baby unwell?
Hunger
A baby’s stomach is roughy the size of a large marble. So as you can imagine babies get hungry often. You can usually tell when a baby is hungry when they turn their head and try to suckle. This is known as the rooting reflex. Babies are born with a number of different reflexes thought to aid their survival in the outside world. These reflexes will disappear over time.
Newborn babies may need feeding every two to four hours. As you get into a good feeding routine with your baby you will soon know when your baby should start to feel hungry even before they know themselves.

Winding your baby
If your baby is crying after a feed it may be because they have trapped wind. Whether you are breast or bottle feeding your baby you will need to make sure you regularly wind them during and after feeding time to avoid any later discomfort.
Sometimes getting wind up can be difficult until you find the right technique and confidence in what you are doing. Here are a few methods to try;
Sit baby forwards and rub or lightly tap their back, making sure your hand is holding her head up from under her chin in a supportive way.
Try holding baby in an upright position with their body facing into yours, leaning their head into your shoulder area and gently rub or pat their back. Don’t forget to put a muslin over your shoulder first to catch any spit ups baby may have.
Another good trick is to gently move baby from a lying position slowly to a sitting position. The air will sometimes come right up and out.
Test out all the different methods you can until you manage to get the results you are looking for – that all important burp!
Clean and dry nappy
Newborn babies can need changing around ten times per day. Keeping on top of baby’s nappy changes will help make them feel comfortable as well as help to avoid nappy rash. You might find that baby’s nappies leak in the first few weeks until you become an expert at putting them on or until baby becomes the right size to fit them properly. This could mean you need to change babies clothes, so keep a spare handy where ever you go. Babies stools can also be extremely runny and have a tendency to leak so watch out for that too.
Getting into a good routine of the feeding and changing process that suits your needs will help make your day run smoothly. You will slowly find yourself getting to know what works and what doesn’t. Some people like to change baby prior to feeding time so that baby can fall asleep during a feed and won’t need to be disturbed afterwards. Others prefer to let baby feed then change their nappy to ensure they are completely dry before allowing baby to sleep. There is no right or wrong method.
Sleep
Babies need lots and lots of sleep. Especially in the early days. Their minds need sleep to process all the new experiences and their bodies are going through rapid growth. You can expect your baby to have roughly 7 hours of daytime sleep and 8.5 hrs of night time sleep but this differs from baby to baby. The sleep will be split up into lots of little naps as baby will need to wake for feeding and nappy changes.
Sometimes babies will be able to fall sleep easily but as the days go by, sleep is something they may need a little help with from you.
Avoiding over/under heating
Babies and young children are not able to regulate their body temperature very well so keeping baby at a comfortable temperature is something you must always be aware of to avoid overheating as well as baby becoming too cold. Dressing baby in thin layers makes it easier to adjust to different room temperatures. Baby’s room should be at a comfortable temperature somewhere between seventeen and twenty two degrees and clothing should be adjusted to suit the room. To check how hot your baby is always feel the back of her neck or tummy rather than her hands or feet as these are often much cooler.
Being comfortable
Babies sometimes cry because they  feeling uncomfortable. It could be that the way they have been laying for a while has become uncomfy and you need to move them them to different position for example from laying down to sitting up. They could also be bored of being in the same place and a change of scenery might help to settle them down.
Comfort and security
Newborn babies often cry because they want lots of cuddles. After forty weeks of being safe and secure in your womb, being in the outside world can be a little hard to get used to. Your baby will need you to give her lots reassurance, security and love especially in the first few weeks and months.
Over stimulation
Sometimes it is possible that you can over stimulate your baby and so they find it hard to settle down. This is when baby becomes over tired and can be stressful for you both. You should look out for over stimulation and learn to spot the signs to avoid lots of unnecessary crying periods.
Tell-tale signs of over-stimulation might be:
Baby becomes irritable.
Baby turning away from what you are showing her and/or breaking eye contact.
Baby looking distressed.
Baby has been awake for a while and is due a nap.
Fortunately there are lots of things you can do to avoid this from happening as well as lots of things to try when baby is over stimulated.
Illness
If your baby becomes unwell your baby may cry in discomfort or be quieter than normal. The crying may sound differently than usual and will often be accompanied by other symptoms like a high temperature but not always. If you are worried about your baby don’t hesitate to seek professional medical advice straight away.

In my opinion you should aim to tend to baby’s cry’s as promptly as possible to build up a trusting bond. Babies will always be crying for a reason and shouldn’t be left to cry, especially in their first few months.

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