When it comes to your baby, nobody will understand his crying better than you. You'll just need to get in tune with the differences in his crying so that you can decipher what he is trying to communicate and then you can respond to him accodingly. While you might have to guess the reason your baby is crying at first, eventually you'll be able to distinguish between her different crying sounds. To help you start hearing the differences in sounds, listen to some babies cry and then learn the reasons why they do.
Listen to Babies Crying
Babies are effective communicators way before they can say their first words. The challenge for parents is determining what their babies are trying to say. Listening to crying baby sounds can help uncover some of the mysteries of infant communication.
If you're not feeling confident in your ability to decipher your baby's crying sounds, an application like the Cry Translator may help.
You can find crying baby sounds online at no cost and sites that sell downloads for a small fee.
- Audio Sparx is a music library stock website for television, film and business. You can listen to sample recordings at no cost or download them for a fee.
- Tradebit sells downloads of sounds including babies crying.
- Amazon sells downloads on baby crying sound effects for about $1.00 each.
Newborn baby cries are often captured by proud parents in the hospital.
Some videos add sound effects to the cries.
WebMd has a helpful series of videos of babies crying along with a guide for parents to sooth their infants. Videos in this series include:
- Why babies cry
- Ruling out illness
- Soothing your infant
The Mayo Clinic lists several triggers that cause babies to cry, and you can decipher the sounds over time.
Baby sounds are different for each child, but many babies signal hunger by crying in short bursts. The cries may be almost rhythmic in nature. Another telltale clue is when your baby begins to suck on his fingers or smack his lips.
Your baby will let you know when she's had too much stimulation when she looks away from you, begins fidgeting, and produces a whiny, fretful cry. Once she begins to do this, stop your playing and comfort her.
When baby becomes tired, he may not be able to settle right off to sleep, especially if he is younger than eight or nine months. He may let you know that he is tired and ready for a nap or bedtime by crying suddenly and in an increasingly louder tone.
Babies have rather short attention spans, and while he may love an activity for about five or ten minutes, he may soon tire of it and want some other stimulation.
Recognizing a cry of pain is probably one of the easiest. If your baby is in pain, she will suddenly cry out at the top of her lungs. The cry will be shrill and loud, and it may be accompanied by a red face. She may stiffen her arms and legs and squeeze her eyes shut. First, determine what is causing the pain, then do what you can to stop it, and comfort your little one the best that you can.
If your baby is coming down with some type of illness, you may begin to notice subtle changes in his behavior. Instead of playing quietly on the floor, he may only be satisfied if he is held. He may sleep restlessly. He may cry in a whiny, half-hearted manner, as if he doesn't have enough energy to throw a full-blown fit. If you suspect your child is sick, but you can't see any obvious signs, continue to watch him closely and take his temperature periodically. If you have any doubts at all, notify your pediatrician.
Colic typically occurs in the first three months of an infant's life. Some colicky babies may cry off and on all day, while others begin their consistent crying every evening. Colicky babies are hard to comfort, and their cries are generally rhythmic and hard to control. Colicky babies are almost impossible to quiet. Sometimes taking your baby for a car ride or using white noise can help soothe her.
When In Doubt Contact Your Doctor
Finally, if you simply can't determine the reason why your baby is crying, you may want to contact your doctor. Be sure to describe how your baby is crying, when she is crying, and whether or not you can comfort her. The doctor may want you to bring her in for an examination. Yes, eventually you'll learn to recognize almost all of your baby's cries, and just remember, this is your first means of communicating with your baby!