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When your baby cries – Pinpointing the problem

by Maxine
Posted June 21 2011 02:12pm
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When your new baby is crying, sometimes it seems impossible to figure out what she is trying to tell you.

She isn’t wet, she’s just been fed, what could be causing her so much stress? Don’t worry, it’s normal for babies to cry, sometimes for up to two hours a day, and you will soon start to understand your baby’s cues and be better able to determine what those cries means.

Here are some possibilities to consider:

  • Is she hungry or thirsty?
  • Is her diaper soiled?
  • Is she lonely? She might just need some comfort time with one of her parents.
  • Is she too hot or too cold?
  • Is she in pain?
  • Does she have gas?
  • Is she tired?
  • Is she bored?
  • Is she over-stimulated?
  • Is she sick?

Remember, sometimes baby’s cry for no apparent reason at all, but this checklist might help you pinpoint a problem.

Think about your own baby, what reasons have you found for your own baby to cry? What soothing techniques do you use? Leave us a comment below – your suggestion might help another parent who is going through this just like you did!

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