Coping With Crybabies

by Anita Sethi, Ph.d.

Coping With Crybabies

Still too young to “cry it out” at bedtime, she needs you to help soothe her. But what if she keeps crying? Before you start stressing, ask yourself these questions:

Running on empty? Think about when she last ate. Also, if you’re a breastfeeding mom who’s only eaten light snacks, she may get hungrier faster than usual.

Got gas? Moving her legs in a circular motion while she’s lying on her back could help relieve discomfort.

Diaper distress? Soiled diapers aren’t too bothersome at this age, but she could be irritated by fastenings on her diaper or clothing that are pinching her skin.

Overstimulated? A lot of activity could make her too tired to wind down on her own. Cuddling in a dark, quiet room may do the trick.

What’s all the fuss about?

  • Sudden, high-pitched cry or wail: Usually a sign of pain but can also be a signal of fear.
  • Whiny, fussy cry: Discomfort, such as hunger.
  • Slow, gradually escalating cry: Fatigue.