Tuesday February 20 , 2018

Why Babies Cry

According to a National Sleep Foundation Poll, about half of new parents are getting less than 6.9 hours sleep per night and are being awakened six to seven nights per week by their crying infant. Since the late 1940’s parents have been encouraged to let their baby cry to sleep. Recent research doesn’t agree with this unnatural response to your baby’s cry to be comforted.

Dangers of “Crying It Out”         Darcia Narvaez, Ph.D.
Published on December 11, 2011


Crying is your baby’s primary way to communicate a need and discomfort.

Meet your baby’s basic needs first, then play Terry’s research-backed “Heartbeat Lullabies” recording and follow his suggested nurturing bedtime routine. Your baby will quickly stop crying and soon learn to sleep all night. Consequently, you and your sleep deprived family gets the rest and sleep you need to cope with everyday challenges. Rested parents make more rational choices, make fewer mistakes, have fewer accidents, less absenteeism, and have a better attitude on the job and at home. If you have been told that babies cry sometimes for no reason at all, check the following reasons before you come to that dangerous conclusion.

Some Reasons Why Babies Cry

  1. Hungry
  2. Gas on stomach needs to be burped
  3. Soiled diaper
  4. Diaper rash
  5. Thirsty
  6. Too hot
  7. Too cold
  8. Startled and frightened by a loud noise or strange sound ( dog barking, siren, door slam, etc.)
  9. When the baby wakes in a place other than where he went to sleep.
  10. Sick
  11. Over tired
  12. Over stimulated
  13. Afraid of the dark or unfamiliar person
  14. Has a medical problem
  15. In pain
  16. Allergic to something
  17. Not enough stimulating activity
  18. Wants human presence or compassionate contact - (separation anxiety)
  19. Wants to be rocked or held
  20. Formula or breast milk doesn’t agree with the baby
  21. Feels lonely, insecure and isolated from activity - wants stimulation
  22. To release tension
  23. Handled too roughly
  24. Handled too much
  25. Hasn’t learned to self calm
  26. Itchy clothing or irritated by clothing tags
  27. Not getting enough sleep
  28. Jiggled or bounced up and down too much and/or too vigorously
  29. Sun is in the baby’s eyes or the lights are too bright
  30. The pacifier tastes unpleasant and needs washing
  31. The pacifier fell out of the baby’s mouth
  32. Annoyed by hearing a TV program or stimulating complex music
  33. Clothing or diaper too tight
  34. Something is in the baby’s eye
  35. Growing pains
  36. Teething
  37. Insect bite
  38. The baby’s foot or arm is caught or she bumped into something
  39. Unpleasant smell
  40. Sibling pinched, hit or mishandled the baby
  41. A hair is wrapped tightly around a toe or finger, cutting off circulation.
  42. Feeding solid foods or sugar too soon
  43. The baby is frustrated