No matter how cute your newest addition is, you’ve probably had (or will have) your share of baby tears. Fussing and crying are normal for infants, especially in their first three months of life. In fact, some experts estimate that the average baby will spend between one and three hours crying every day.
Babies cry as their only way of communicating with their adults. It also helps your little one shut out things that are just too intense for him or her to handle and releases tension. Your baby could be hungry, tired, overstimulated, bored, or in pain – all of which are indicated by crying. There are many different “types” of cries, from little whimpers to full shrieks. How can you tell the difference between “normal” crying and something more serious?
There are a variety of sounds and cues that you can use to help decode what your baby might need. Responding to your baby’s cries helps build trust from an early age and shows your baby that he or she can communicate to have needs met. Your routines are also establishing feelings of safety and predictability, showing your baby that you are paying attention. More importantly, it shows your baby that he or she is loved. As you continue to bond with your baby, you’ll become more proficient at understanding those needs.
Whether you’re expecting a new baby soon, or have recently brought a little one home, join us for Read to the Bump on Saturday, November 3 at 11 AM at Schimelpfenig Library. Early Childhood Interventions of Lifepath Systems will discuss the range of normal crying and how to read your baby’s cues. We’ll also share tips for hoping you cope with a fussy baby. Participate in a read-aloud to your baby bump, learn and sing new rhymes for baby, and talk with new friends about your experiences. Plus, you’ll learn great information about how to read, write, sing, talk, and play with your newest family member.
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