Hearing your little one cry is a difficult experience you will have to learn to cope with.
> Their crying can have many different causes, including irritation, tiredness, hunger, physical discomfort and anxiety. Try your best to identify the cause.
> You will very quickly learn to recognise the variations in this initial form of language and interaction.
>In the first three months, baby will cry a lot – this is normal. They have no other means of getting your attention, and have to adapt to their new environment after nine months spent in the tranquillity of your tummy.
> Try to list the possible reasons for their crying:
- they may be uncomfortable: are they hungry again? Did a noise wake them up? Is their nappy dirty?
Once these main possibilities have been ruled out, their cries may just be a way of letting off steam: this is often the case with evening crying. Baby is releasing the tensions of the day. Allow them to express themselves and reassure them by rocking them in your arms. To help them calm down, you can sing them a song that you used to hum when they were still in your tummy, talk to them gently, and try to distract them from the cause of their crying. Or you might put their music box back on, move a mobile around for them to look at, shake a rattle, etc.
> Find the right balance between leaving them to cry and lifting them into your arms.
> If baby cries much louder than usual for no apparent reason: if they are wincing in pain, take their temperature, check if they have digestive or other problems and call the doctor, who will be able to diagnose the problem and provide a remedy.