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Recognizing Crying

Babies use crying as a way of communicating. Even a newborn can communicate the difference between hunger and discomfort through crying. Learn to identify between the different cries and how you can respond to what they might need.


What to do when your baby cries

Some mums and dads worry that if they respond too quickly when their baby cries they’ll spoil them. However, research shows that babies who are responded to quickly actually cry less as toddlers.

Comforting your baby quickly when they cry lets them know you are there for them, and makes them feel secure.

Possible reasons for your baby’s cries

  • They’re hungry
  • They’re too hot or too cold
  • They have colic or wind
  • They need changing
  • They’re in pain
  • They’re bored
  • They’re over-stimulated
  • They want a cuddle

Most of these causes can be solved fairly quickly and easily and once responded to, your baby should soon settle again but if your baby’s crying seems unusual or goes on for too long, speak to your doctor. And of course, you can also chat to us too!

Know your baby’s
due date

When was the first day of your last
menstrual period?

Know your baby’s
due date

RESULT Estimated due date (40 week full term)

Continue to read more All dates are approximations and should only be considered as a reference.

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