When Your Baby Cries
In this video parents discuss their experiences and challenges with crying babies.
Crying, difficult as it is to hear, is a normal way for babies to communicate hunger, discomfort, distress, or a need for your attention. If you are concerned about your baby’s crying, talk with his health care provider for ideas about what you can do.
You can find other parenting resources on the Fred Rogers Company website.
For more information on colic and crying from birth to three, visit Zero To Three.
No two children or families are alike. Thinking about the following questions can help you apply the information below to your own child and family.
- When you think about your baby’s crying, are there particular experiences or situations that you find upset your baby more than others? Why do you think that is? How does this help you understand your baby better?
- What calms your baby? What have you tried that has worked? What does this tell you about your child?
- It is important to tune in to your own reaction to your baby’s crying. Some parents are more distressed by their baby’s crying than others. What is it like for you?
- Figuring out the best way to soothe your baby is a process of trial and error. Often parents have to try several strategies to discover what works. The fact is, though, sometimes nothing works. Remember, just by being there you are strengthening the trust and bond between you and your baby.
- To soothe and comfort a fussy baby (as well as yourself), try some of these ideas: use soothing sounds, try different kinds of movement, offer a pacifier, reduce stimulation, give your baby a chance to soothe themselves, remember the crying will end, talk to your partner and ask for help from family and trusted friends when you need a break
- For Ages
- 0-1 years
- Time Required
- 5 min
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