It's one of the hardest sounds to hear - your baby crying - but it's her main way of communicating.
To figure out what she's trying to tell you check these things:
- First, is it hunger? Babies need to eat as often as every two hours.
- Is it a wet or dirty diaper?
- Is it past naptime? Even three-month-olds sleep most of the day.
- Or, is your baby just saying "I've had enough"? They cry when overstimulated and may need soothing, not play.
- Your baby can sometimes have gas, which can also lead to crying. Speak with your doctor to make sure that everything is alright physically with your baby. You can also ask about formula differences that could help when bottle feeding - or, if you're breastfeeding, about new nursing techniques or your own diet.
- And don't forget to look for signs of pain or sickness. Call your doctor anytime you feel something is just not right.
- Finally, realize that some young babies cry for no apparent reason. It can be normal and will pass. Meanwhile, try swaddling, rocking, rhythmic noise, or car rides. Cuddling and music can also soothe you both. If you're concerned about colic, talk with your doctor.
Knowing what to check on when your baby starts crying will help make the situation less stressful for you and for baby.