10 Reasons Why Do Babies (Love to) Cry?

Actually, they don’t love crying. The concept of ‘love to do’ or ‘hate to do’ has not been formed well in them, they just know ‘need to’ and ‘don’t know why to’. Yes, they sometimes cry for no clear and obvious reason, but often it is because they’re hungry, lonely, uncomfortable, in pain, or they see ghost^^. Here’s a list of baby’s cry’s characteristics and what you have to do as remedy.

1. Habit: Routine nightmare crying that stops when you enter room. What you have to do: Wait before going in; baby may fall asleep. Hold baby for a few minutes, sing a lullaby (no Avril or Lili Allen). You can take baby to bed with you, but this may start a difficult-to-break habit.

2. Hunger: Long time since feeding, or small last feeding. Rhythmic brief cries that intensify. What you have to do: Just offer food or increase regular amount.

3. Discomfort: Diaper rash, eczema, wet or soiled diaper, cold fingers and toes. What you have to do: Treat condition or remove source of discomfort. Cover baby.

4. Colic: Restless; draws up legs. Severe crying spells that do not respond to comforting. May pass gas. Occurs when baby is between ages 2 weeks and 3 months. What you have to do: Cuddle, carry, or rock baby. Put baby on his abdomen on your lap, over your arm, or on a warm hot-water bottle. With bottle-fed baby, make sure nipple hole is not too small.

5. Loneliness or boredom: Not only adults, baby can feel them too. They’ll cry when alone and stops when you talk to him or pick him up. What you have to do: Carry or keep baby with you. Talk to him for a while or offer him a toy. Prop him up so that he can see you and other family members.

6. Tiredness: A distinctive meaning cry. Irritable. Red or swollen eyelids. Has missed a nap. What you have to do: Try to calm baby and get him to go sleep.

7. Thirst: Overheated, flushed, or sweating. Hot room or weather. What you have to do: Give baby a bottle of water. Don’t let him get overheated.

8. Teething: Fretful. Has trouble sleeping. Increased crying and salivating. Begins about age 6 months. What you have to do: Give baby something to chew.

9. Urinating: A sudden shriek. What you have to do: Simple, just change diaper.

10. Illness: This is little bit serious. Poor appetite, signs of a cold, and diarrhea. Baby pulls at ear; vomits. Pain is suggested if crying is severe, won’t stop when you pick baby up, or is accompanied by pale skin or drawing up of legs. What you have to do: Just read my another article ‘How to Identify Baby Illness?”


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