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.
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
“OWH" 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.
“HEH" 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.
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.
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.
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.