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Is it normal for my new baby to cry so much?

Babies only do a few things in the first couple months of life—eat, sleep, pee, poop, and cry! Crying is a very normal part of life for babies, and it does not mean there is anything wrong.

It is normal for a baby to cry 2-3 hours every day in the first 3 months. Usually the crying increases in the first 6-8 weeks then improves by the third month. So hang in there, this fussy period will soon pass. And remember, crying will not hurt your baby. In fact, your baby may be simply releasing pent up energy and tension, making him or her feel better in the long run.

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  1. This is inaccurate. Crying without being attended to releases cortisol which negativity effects brain development via HPA Axis.

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    1. There are some babies who continue to cry despite being attended to, swaddled, soothed, etc. In that fussy, colicky period of the first few months of life, there have been no evidence based studies to suggest this crying causes them any harm. Certainly parents should try all sooting tricks they can, but a new parent should never feel like their baby is being harmed if these “tricks” don’t work and the baby continues to cry. I certainly don’t advocate leaving a 1 or 2 month old to just cry it out!

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