Baby Cry Analyzer

What do baby’s cries mean?

All babies cry, some more than others.

As new parents, we all have this magical picture of a sleeping baby being cradled in the arms, but the reality is they do cry, and it leaves us frustrated, tired and overwhelmed.

After the birth of my baby boy, we had a few sleepless nights, wondering why he was crying… leaving mommy crying with him and daddy frustrated, is it colic? Is he hungry? Is he sick? And so I did some research...

Well, I have good news for all of you, babies have their own language, each cry and gesture is a signal for a specific need.

crying baby, upset baby

Hope this helps you as much as it helped me.

Baby cry analyzer info:

Why do babies cry?

To put it plainly babies cry because they cannot talk. Even if babies could speak, they don't understand the way they feel, so they need us to help them understand.

Experts across the world have been trying to figure out why babies cry and specifically why some cry more than others.

Babies pick up on your emotions, so moms who feel low, depressed, anxious, exhausted or angry, who have relationship problems or rejection feelings are more likely to have babies who cry excessively.

A mom that experiences an upsetting or distressing birth is also more likely to have a baby that cries excessively in the first few months of life.

Crying is the way babies signal a need for hunger, tiredness, pain, boredom and other things. Why is my baby crying? More reasons why babies cry.

Baby cry analyzer
The sound of a crying baby

The Cry

Crying baby sound

The signs

I’m hungry

Low pitch cry.
Rhythm rises and falls.

Baby sucks hands.
If 3-4 hours have passed since last feed.
Baby wakes up crying.
If he had a full diaper.
Some babies just want to suck for comfort, offer him a dummy or let him suck on the breast he most recently fed from.

Baby sleep cry

Soft rhythmical cry.

Baby blinks, yawns, rubs his eyes and baby kicks and cries.
Baby gets less active.
He loses interest in people and toys.

Burp me


I’m uncomfortable

Whiney baby crying sound

Baby doesn’t stop crying when picked up.
Baby is too hot or cold; check by placing your hand in the back of his neck or on his tummy to feel if he is too hot or cold.
If the baby is squirming, that might indicate it’s time for a diaper change.
If he turns away from the light and flails his arms and legs he might be overstimulated; take him to a quieter and darker area.
If he is squirming, and looking around he might just need a cuddle.

Communication month by month.

0-3 months

  • Crying is baby’s primary means of communications.
  • Baby may cry for no apparent reason.
  • Your baby will respond to your voice by smiling or getting excited.
  • Babies start smiling at their parents. Baby might still be shy to smile for strangers but, might still coo.
  • There might be times that you have met all your baby’s needs, yet he/she is still crying. 

4-8 months

  • By this age babies learn causes and effects and how to coordinate actions and thought; this makes the signs clear.
  • Baby will start using signs to indicate his/her needs like raising arms to show he/she wants to be picked up.
  • If your baby turns his head away and breaks eye contact, he/she has had enough stimulation or simply wants to play on their own.
  • Babies learn a language by picking up on stress patterns in words.

9-12 months

  • Your baby will start using words like “mama" and “dada."
  • Your baby will start nodding and shaking his/her head.
  • Your baby will start paying more attention to your words and will try to imitate you.
  • Babies begin to show likes and dislikes like nodding in agreement and pulling their noses up in dislike.
  • They will also start showing you what they want by pointing, gesturing or crawling.

By Zelda Behr

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