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You Say the baby crys all the time? Then why aren't you answering?
Crying is his/her only means of communicating with you. Since he/she has yet to learn your language, crying is the only way of letting you know that he is hungry, cold, frightened, in pain, or just lonely. Your sweet little darling has suddenly turn into a fit of tears, and it is your job to find out why.
A baby cries the most during his or her first three months, which steadily increases as baby ages. The crying time period may vary from an hour to most of the day, and is considered to be within normal range.
One school of thought is that crying in the afternoon is due to the anxious behavior of the mother or the stressed mood of the father after arriving home from work. The most accepted theory is that babies have this automatic screening ability they use to shut out the noise that may stimulate some response from them so they can get enough rest. This filtering system completely disappears somewhere around the age of six weeks, making babies very sensitive to external factors such as noise, movements, voices, etc. These types of noises get baby's attention, and a reaction. His or her only means of responding is through crying.
There are many reasons why a baby succumbs to crying. Deciphering these reasons is the major feat a parent must surmount. Here are some of the things your sweetie is making you understand through crying.
1. HUNGER - This is the most common reason for a baby to cry, especially, during his early months. The pattern of the "hunger howl" could be characterized as being persistent, demanding and almost rhythmical. But that rhythm is not at any rate close to becoming music to your ears. It is best to have a few bottles of formula on hand to heat at a moment's notice, which is the only thing that will quiet his screams.
2. BOREDOM - What can I say? Aren't these babies just plain spoiled - rying because of boredom? I'd find that a bit more twisted or weird if we were talking about an adult. Babies are really built like this. Crying is their way of telling you, "Hey find me a life here!" Aside from attention and food, consequently, babies need a lot of stimulation, and when they don't get this, they will all, without a doubt, let you know it!! The trick is to pick the baby up and play with him. This move may be frowned upon by some, because of it amounts to spoiling the baby. It is important to know that stimulation is also one of the major necessities of any infant and it won't hurt to provide him with some bonding while in his growing age. This boredom cry is said to be also rhythmical and full of sobs and moans.
3. DISCOMFORT - Pain is another precursor of the baby's crying. It's hard for an adult to keep from crying when in pain, right? Babies are no different. They are little vulnerable beings that need to be attended to when injured, or when in an inconvenient or uncomfortable situation. This cry could be more persistent, louder and more demanding. An illness that causes discomfort to a baby may also be the reason for a baby's bursting into a fit of tears.Shrieking and screaming, are words that better describe the crying pattern generated by pain. This shrieking is sounded is also used to let you know that his diaper is wet. Who wants to lie around in smelly, wet underwear?
4. SUDDEN DISTURBANCE - For certain, howling will proceed just when they're about to sleep or are already fast asleep and is suddenly surprised by some unexpected noise, or movement. When baby is napping, try to keep it quiet, so that he/she can get their beauty nap out. You and baby will both be a lot happier in the long run.
Your first few months with your baby is the best bonding time you will ever have. Don't let it get away from you.
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