Why is my newborn crying?

Crying is the only way a newborn can communicate with you. If your little one is crying, she is trying to tell you something important. My advise is to not ignore her, tend to her needs and let her know that you are there for her. Imagine if the only thing you knew was a safe, warm place and then all of a sudden that secure world has been ripped away. Now there are bright lights, lots of different people, loud noises, bodily functions and hunger pains. Sometimes your little one will be crying because she simply needs reassuring and needs to feel safe. Sometimes what your baby needs is obvious, sometimes it is a bit of a guessing game. Overtime you will get used to your baby’s cry and what it means. For starters, here is a list of the possibilities that you may need to explore:

12 reasons your baby may be crying

  • Hungry
  • Dirty nappy
  • Tired
  • Needs to be burped
  • Needs to be comforted and feel secure
  • Is too hot
  • Is too cold
  • Is having tummy troubles
  • Is bored and needs stimulating/attention
  • Is over stimulated and needs a rest
  • Is teething (generally from around 6 months)
  • Is not feeling very well/ has a temperature
  • Is uncomfortable in her clothing

This list is not exhaustive and never will be, let me know in the comments section how you soothe your little one and how you recognise his/her different cries.