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Why is my baby crying?

Understand what your baby's crying means and you're on the first step to soothing

Posted: 2 March 2011
by Daniella Delaney

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Is my baby crying because of hunger?

Quite possibly the first cry you will get to recognise is the all important message: 'Feed me!'
Your child, like you, is only just beginning to get used to feeding routines, but this need can be quickly resolved by offering a feed when your child is hungry. If you are working through a specific feeding routine you might prefer not to feed 'on demand', but if your child is very upset then you should still comfort her. (Or get another person to do this as your scent will remind her of the milk she wants!)
If you think your child is crying for feeds more than you think she should, let her weight-gain progress be a guide as to whether or not she is getting enough milk.

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This article makes me think of the Dunstan Baby Language research. Which is based on the theory that every newborn communicates from birth to 3 months uses 5 distinct sounds that signal hunger, tiredness, need to burp, lower wind/gas and discomfort. This is regardless of the language their parents speak. It is not a learned language.

According to Dunstan there are 5 'words' that you can learn to recognise to help you identify what your baby wants! Have a look on You Tube, there are some videos explaining this further.

Posted: 30/03/2011 at 18:36

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