When your baby cries, the first thing you may think is that they’re hungry or thirsty. Young babies also feed for comfort, often want to feed more in the evening or if they’re going through a growth spurt. Signs your baby is hungry might include:
So if it’s been a couple of hours since their last feed, or it’s quite hot, offer milk or some cooled boiled water in the usual way.
Spotting tired signs early can help stop a young baby getting overtired and upset. Watch for:
It’s easy for young babies to become overstimulated, especially if you’re out and about with them a lot. Even at home newborns can become overstimulated through the combination of household noises, lighting, people and smells all bombarding their senses at once. Sometimes you’ll need to take them into a quieter more dimly-lit space if they’re not feeding well or becoming upset or irritated. Try and get any outings, visitors or jobs done in the morning when both of you are fresher – and so you both can have a quieter afternoon together
Trapped wind can be really painful for baby and cause them to become overly upset. If they’ve just had a feed, try burping them again gently. You could also try the ‘colic hold” which can help for calming an upset baby.
All babies are different – some are particularly sensitive to a wet or soiled nappy, while others aren’t bothered. It always pays to check as staying in a soiled nappy for too long can cause painful nappy rash and that’s enough to have any baby crying.
If you’ve tried everything and your baby is still crying, they might be sick – ring Plunketline 0800 933 922 or your doctor for some advice.
A walk in the fresh air in a front pack or buggy can calm both of you down. The rhythm of the journey might even get them off to sleep if overtiredness is the problem.
When your baby cries a lot it can be stressful. And if babies pick up on your growing tension it can upset them more. If you’re getting really wound up:
All babies cry sometimes, and often you won’t know why. But if you’re out of options, you’ve taken a break and they’re still crying, you’ll need to get help –ring a mate or relative for some help or Plunketline 0900 933 922.
Over it? Use your phone timer to set a time limit for a play activity – your full attention for five minutes is better than half pai for longer.
Had enough? You may feel like you need alcohol or drugs to relax – but they often make the situation worse, especially when you have to deal with kids. Who could help you cut down or cut it out?