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How to figure out why your baby is crying

Reasons your baby may cry

Though your baby’s cries may be stressful, your ability to respond to them will help you feel better and promote bonding.

Perhaps one of the greatest struggles parents face with their infants is the fact that it will be months before they and their children will begin speaking the same language. Until then, an infant’s language is crying – it is the only way he or she can communicate important needs and emotions. During this time, it is normal and understandable for parents to feel distressed as they attempt to bridge this communication gap and meet their new babies’ needs. Although every baby is unique, this guide may help you figure out why your baby is crying, just by listening to the sound and watching his or her movements.

Reviewed by Dr. Sara Connolly, August 2019

References

  1. La Leche League.
  2. Murkoff, H. & Mazel, S. (2008). What to expect when you’re expecting. Workman Publishing. New York
  3. Shelov, S. & Altmann, T.R. (2009). Caring for Your Baby and Young Child, 5th Edition: Birth to Age 5. American Academy of Pediatrics.

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