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Communication by Crying

Until your child learns how to talk, the only way they know how to communicate is by crying. It is hard to imagine that such a simple form of communication takes on so many forms. While at first all babies’ cries sound the same, there is variation in the rhythm, tone, and volume of each crying fit. Newborn babies usually cry for simple reasons such as being hungry, tired, or need to have a diaper change. As your baby gets older, their needs become more complex. You learn as parents the different types of cries your child makes and you know how to assess their needs or wants. Babies usually spend two to three hours crying, but keep in mind it is communication. For new parents, here are reasons and simple remedies as to why your baby is crying and how to help them.

Most often, babies cry because they are hungry. Newborns need to be fed little amounts at least eight to twelve times a day. They will usually cry when they are hungry so you will know when to feed them. Older babies don’t eat that many times throughout the day, especially babies that are on solid foods.

It is very important for babies to burp after they eat. They can get tummy aches very easily and it is common for air to get in their tummies if they are drinking out of a bottle. Babies will cry when their tummies hurt, and more than likely they just need to be burped. If you try burping them and they don’t stop crying they could have a more upset stomach or be crying for a different reason.

After a baby eats they either sleep or go to the bathroom and sometimes both occur simultaneously. You may know to change your baby soon after they eat and that can prevent fussiness or crying. However, there are always times throughout the day when your baby will go to the bathroom. They don’t like dirty diapers, nor do the parents and they will cry when they need to be changed.

Babies need a lot of sleep, especially newborns. They take naps throughout the day and sleep through most of the night when they aren’t eating as often. Babies often need help falling asleep. They cry because they are so sleepy. You can wrap them in soft blankets, cuddle and rock them to sleep, or put them in their crib to rest comfortably. Babies get very cranky and they don’t know they need to sleep or how to fall asleep quickly.

We all need to feel loved and have attention, and this is no different for babies. They want to feel safe, secure, nurtured, and loved by their family. Babies will cry if these needs aren’t being met. If your baby is crying and they don’t need to eat, sleep, or be changed then they probably want your affection and attention. Older babies need a lot of stimulation and they want you to engage them in child’s play such as a game of peek-a-boo.

You will learn the different types of cries your baby makes and you will also learn their schedule. They may cry at the same times during the day because they are used to eating or taking naps on a regular schedule.

About The Author: Melanie Nader is the founder of the Homestead Company which makes premium quality natural skin care products including eczema oil and diaper ointment made with the finest 100% natural ingredients. For more information, visit

How to Soothe Your Upset Baby

Sometimes, the only way for a baby to communicate is through crying. There is nothing more upsetting to a parent than hearing their baby cry and not knowing why. Parents learn the different types of noises and crying their baby makes based on what they desire. They can tell the difference between a cry of hunger or a cry of pain. It is common for babies to cry a lot if they are teething or experiencing irritating rashes from diapers. When your baby is upset or crying you instantly rush to their needs and try to stop the crying. Here are some ways you can soothe your baby if they are upset.

Once you have figured out the types of crying your baby makes, you can do preliminary trial and error actions to stop the crying. For example, you can feed your baby, change their diaper, or cuddle them to make them feel better. At other times, your baby will cry and you won’t know why. They could feel discomfort from a rash, they may have a stomach ache, they could be teething, they could be too hot or too cold, or they might just want to be held and cuddled. If the crying doesn’t stop, and you are not sure how to meet your baby’s needs, you can try to soothe them in different ways to stop their upsetting moment.

Babies love to feel warm and secure. To soothe your baby if they are upset, you can wrap them in soft blanket. You can make a little blanket burrito and keep your baby wrapped up as if they were still in their mother’s womb. Don’t wrap your baby too tightly and keep their face uncovered at all times. Hold your baby and softly pat their back or rub their tummy.

Another technique for soothing your baby is to play music that has a light sound such as classical. Keep the volume low but play something that is also soothing for you. Light jazz sounds or nature sounds are also very comforting. If the music doesn’t work, just speak softly to your baby and tell them how much you love them, how safe they are, and how wonderful the little bundle of joy is to your life.

For older babies that can play with toys and hold things, you could give your baby one of their favorite toys. This can immediately stop the crying if they are bored or feeling anxious. If your baby isn’t old enough to hold a toy on their own, you could place a pacifier in their mouth instead. This is especially helpful when your baby is teething.

Some babies just need to feel safe, secure, and close to their parents. Sometimes all it takes to soothe a baby is to look at them and make eye contact. Change the position your baby is in so that they face you, can see your face, or are closer to you.

A baby communicates by crying out for their parents, and these techniques will help you to soothe your baby when you are unsure of why they are crying.

About the Author: Melanie Nader is the founder of the Homestead Company which makes premium quality natural skin care products including eczema oil and diaper ointment made with the finest 100% natural ingredients. For more information, visit

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