First thing's first; all babies cry. But here are 6 reasons why babies cry.

Yes, some cry more than others, but they all do it.

Crying is your baby's way of communicating, so they cry for many different reasons.

The different cries

As upsetting as it can be, especially for new parents, over time you'll learn which cry means what.


It's also important that you respond calmly, which helps babies manage their distress and feel secure.

So to help you out, here are 6 of the main reasons your baby could be crying.

Which cry is it?

  1. Your baby is hungry or thirsty: Your baby may be trying to find your breast, making sucking motions with their mouth, or putting their hands into their mouth. These are early feeding cues and this is the best time to try feeding your baby. Try not to let them get to the crying stage.
  2. Your baby needs a diaper change: Get into the habit of changing your baby's diaper before every feed. And obviously in between times if you smell a poop, don't leave them sitting in it as this can cause diaper rash and discomfort.
  3. Your baby may have wind, colic or reflux: If your baby seems unsettled, hold them upright and gently rub or pat their back. Wind your baby during and after each feed. If the crying is consistent or seems unusual, and there are other signs of distress, consult your doctor immediately.
  4. Your baby may be over-tired or overstimulated: Even simple things like new faces and bright lights can be overwhelming for babies. Take them to a darkened room where it is quiet and calm. Make soothing noises or play soft music.
  5. Your baby may be uncomfortable: It's important your baby doesn't get too hot or too cold. They should be kept cosy and warm, but be careful not to overheat them. To test, their hands and feet are generally cold but their chest should feel warm.
  6. Separation anxiety: Babies need to be close to their parents, to hear their voices, listen to their heartbeats. They don't know how to soothe themselves and they like to be comforted.

How to comfort your baby

If you've fed and changed your baby and are sure they're comfortable, there are other ways to help soothe them.

You can try:

  • holding your baby close
  • singing or talking to them
  • carrying them with you
  • going for a walk
  • going for a drive.

If your baby cries a lot and there are other signs of distress, call your doctor immediately.

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