Babies know only one language – “Crying”. They will take a while to learn how to talk. Until then, you will have to figure out what you baby wants to tell you. During my initial days with my baby, I too acted as complete dumb while understanding him. His cries were always different but it took me a couple of weeks to recognize what he wants me to do. Trust me, baby’s cries tell you a lot. Child & Toddler parenting tips give more benefit to know that situation .
Babies can’t talk but they give different clues to make you understand what they are communicating. They tell us their needs by an array of whimpers, cries and screams. So let’s understand what your baby is trying to tell you.
Types of cries:
Babies have different cries to express different needs or emotions. New parents often need guidance to crack the code on types of crying. Here are some to help you understand what your baby may be saying.
1. Give me food: Usually low pitched, rhythmic and repetitive cry. It is combinee with other signals such as rooting for breast, sucking motion with her tongue, lip smacking or putting fingers in mouth. Mommies, please respond to hunger cries quickly so that baby doesn’t get fussy. If your baby gulps air with milk while feeding, she may trap gas or spit up which in turn will result in more crying.
2. I am tired, pick me up: A continuous cry that is whiny, nasal and build in intensity usually singnify that the baby is tired or uncomfortable. Either she wants a nap or she wants you to clean her diaper. Watch for other clues like eye-rubs or ear tugs. Check for dirty diapers or make your baby comfortable. Rock her to sleep as infants need atleast 16 hours of sleep a day.
3. That’s enough: A fussy and whiny cry trying to tell you that she is overstimulated. She may turn her head or body away from lights or sounds. Whenever you listen this cry, try to move your baby away from the noise or visual sights. Move her to a much calmer environment where she can take a break and relax.
4. I have got Colic: Intense screams accompained by fidgeting movements. It often occurs in the late afternoon or evenings and can last for hours. Colic peaks around 6 weeks of age and lasts till the baby is 3- 4 months. Colicky babies are tough to handle. But you can try comforting her by lying her on her tummy or rubbing her back. You can also try tummy exercises and over the counter medicines to release gas.
5. I am bored: This cry often starts with coos and then turns into fussing. After a few more minutes of ignorance, it turns into bursts of indignant crying and whimpers. Pick your baby and play with her. You will soon find your baby crying stops immediately.
Keep in mind that your baby may also cry if she’s feeling too hot or cold or she wants to move around. But remind yourself that crying will not last forever. You can ready some topic related to Child Parenting Tips and always handle your baby calmly.